A great Polish scientist and missionary who unveiled China before Europe
Michał Boym A.D. 2019 - Bu Mige - Polish Marco Polo
360th Anniversary of His death during the 100th Anniversary of Poland`s Independence
To commemorate three concurrent anniversaries: the 360th anniversary of Michał Boym’s, the Foundation patron`s death, the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining independence and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and the People`s Republic of China, at the beginning of 2019 three NGOs launched the Michał Boym AD 2019 - the Polish Marco Polo Initiative. In order to continue its mission and provide it with a legal framework, on September 10th, 2019 the Foundation “Michał Boym" for Cultural Exchange has been established by a notary deed for unlimited duration.
Father Michael Boym, a 17th century jesuit and a Christian missionary is an outstanding Pole who made a very important contribution to the history of the world being one of the very first people who built bridges of understanding between Western civilization and that of the Far East. In particular he played a very special role in the process of spreading Christian religion in East Asia.
As result of the publication of the children book on Michał Boym, a song "A dream" and a synopsis of a lesson about him was written for six-grade pupils and older. The synopsis was thought out by Mr Norbert Kościelniak, a catechist working for the Salesian School at the St John Bosco Oratory in Żyrardów (a town near the city of Łódź). Song lyrics were written by Mr Wojciech Kowalski, the music was composed by Edyta Kościelniak.
We invite all teachers and everybody interested to download the synopsis of this very wise lesson which bears a title "Is it worthwhile to dream?" You shall find all the relevant materials in the next part of this entry.
On September 20th, the founders of the Foundation, accompanied by other friends and supporters of Michał Boym, took part in the official reception party celebrating the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Poland and the People`s Republic of China which was organized at the Chinese Embassy.
We are happy to announce that the children`s book on Father Boym "How Michał from Lviv traveled to China" written by professor Monika Miazek-Męczyńska is already available in print. One thousand printed copies will be distributed for free among public school libraries.