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Tadeusz Chabrowski

Tadeusz Chabrowski, photography by Barbara Ostrowska
 

Tadeusz Chabrowski was born on 11th November 1934 in Złoty Potok near Częstochowa. He studied at the Institute of Saint Paul the First Hermit in Cracow. On 28th August 1958 in Częstochowa, at the Order of Pauline Fathers at the Jasna Góra Monastery he adopted the name Wacław. He received his holy orders in 1960. While being at the monastery he started writing poetry and some of his poems were published in the “Tygodnik Powszechny”. At his order he was also the editor or “Vox Eremi” magazine. At the end of 1961 he left for the US to take up the position of the editor of “Jasna Góra” in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, also known as the “American Częstochowa” where the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa is located.

In America he found freedom and ease so he could get to know literature and poetry unavailable behind the walls of a Polish monastery. Encouraged by Mieczysław Giergielewicz, a literature professor at the University of Pennsylvania, he published his first volume with the “Painters and Poets” publishing house. Two years later, he published his second volume – “Summer in Pennsylvania”. A sabotage during his works on the third volume made Tadeusz Chabrowski leave the order in 1967. At the same year he met and married Zofia Puszyńska-Gros.

After leaving the order he began studying Philosophy, he taught Religion, Latin and Literature and commenced doctoral studies in Modern Religion and Culture at the Temple University in Philadelphia. At the beginning of the 1970s, when the Chabrowskis moved to New York, Tadeusz was employed as a social worker at "Friendship Centre" in lower Manhattan. Simultaneously he was studying, writing and publishing his works. In 1983, together with his wife, he started issuing "The Voice. Polish-American Media”.

Tadeusz Chabrowski died on 21st December 2016 in New York.


Interviewed by Izabela Barry and Ewa Maliga on 4th November 2015 in New York under the "Greenpoint. Transformations 2015" project. More at: cultureshock.pl.

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Leaving for American Częstochowa
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"I will have a new world"
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Monastic routine
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Outdoors, highways and opening oneself to the world
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Poetic debut
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The history of the burnt poems and leaving the monastery
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"It’s no joke with this woman, she’s an engine!"
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American Dream
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