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New Zealand's First Refugees: Pahiatua's Polish Children

"Distinctive piety and culture"

"Distinctive piety and culture"

The wartime refugees (the Polish children), in their turn, integrated well into the Church and the nation, while at the same time preserving their distinctive piety and culture, markedly different from the Irish.

Father Michael O'Meeghan in Steadfast in Hope

page 336

It is owing to the calibre of some of their caregivers, such as Sister Alexandrowicz with her band of Ursuline Sisters and the Polish Children's Camp's chaplain Father Wilniewczyc, as well as some lay teachers, that the children kept their faith in God alive and stayed loyal to their motherland, yet became model citizens of their adopted country New Zealand.