The Benedict of Poland Award 2016
The Benedict of Poland Award gala took place in the Collegiate church of St. Mary and St. Alexius in Tum on 3rd June 2016. The laureates of 2016 were Charles Robert O’Dell, American astronomer and astrophysicist for his long-term cooperation with Polish scientists and Fr. prof. Piotr Nawrot SVD, musicologist associated with the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan for discovering and promoting Baroque music of the Jesuit missions in Latin America. Laudatory speeches about this year's laureates were delivered by the Members of the Benedict of Poland Award Committee: prof. Paweł Haensel and last year's award winner prof. Maria Krzysztof Byrski. After accepting their Awards this year's laureates briefly presented the results of their many years of research.
Two honorary diplomas were also awarded to captain Piotr Kuźniar and Krzysztof Starnawski. Monika Rogozińska and Marcin Jamkowski (journalist, adventurer, photographer and filmmaker) spoke highly about the diploma winners. The latter also accepted the diploma on the behalf of Krzysztof Starnawski, who could not be present at the ceremony.
The 2016 gala ceremony was attended by many esteemed guests, among others prof. Piotr Gliński - Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Luis Adolfo Gómez Urdaneta - Venezuelan Ambassador, prof. Zbigniew Rau - Governor of the Łódzkie Province and honorary patron of 2016 Benedict of Poland Award.
The ceremony ended with the Flaminae choir performing musical pieces selected by Fr. prof. Piotr Nawrot SVD especially for this occasion.
The 2016 Benedict of Poland Awards were sponsored by NOVOL and Deutsche Bank. (photos: Museum in Łęczyca, official website of Łęczyca)
(English version for the Museum in Łęczyca: Anna Błaszczyk)