Four Eagle Award
Since 2003, the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus has celebrated our Patron Saint by hosting an annual awards banquet, called the "Four Eagle Award" ("Nagroda Czterech Orłów"). The award is given to an individual or organization that has been especially noteworthy in building up the greater Saint Stanislaus community.
It is important to remember that parishioners are not alone in sustaining our parish!
Past honorees have been:
2003 Ben Stefanski, II
2004 Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
2005 Jane Campbell, former Mayor, City of Cleveland
2006 Franciscan Friars
- The Province of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
- The Province of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
2007 The Cleveland Police Department, 3rd District
2008 Anthony Brancatelli, Councilman Ward 12, City of Cleveland, and
- Edward W. Rybka, Jr., Director of Building & Housing, City of Cleveland
2009 Bican Brothers, Fortuna, Golubski, Komorowski & Mosinski Funeral Homes
2010 Rich DiGeronimo, for the DiGeronimo family, Precision Environmental and Independence Excavating, and
- Mel Kurtz, for the Kurtz family, Kurtz Brothers, Incorporated
2011 Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland
2012 Alfred Geis, Owner, Geis Companies & Katherine Geis, Founder and President, Geis Companies
2013 St. Stanislaus Alumni Association
2014 Stanisław Kardynał Dziwisz of Kraków, Poland
2015 The Third Federal Foundation
2016 Eugenia Stolarczyk, host of the Polish radio program and active leader in Cleveland Polonia
Legend of the Four Eagles
St. Stanislaus is the patron saint of Poland. Born in Szczepanow near Krakow on July 26, 1030, he was ordained a priest after being educated in Poland and Paris. He became bishop of Krakow in 1072.
Stanislaus quickly became involved in the political situation of Poland. He aimed his attacks at the evils of the king, especially the unjust wars and immoral acts of King Boleslaus II, resulting in his excommunication of the king.
The king, enraged, ordered his soldiers to kill the bishop. When they refused, the king killed him with his own hands.
According to legend, the body of Stanislaus was dismembered after he was matyred, and four eagles came from different areas of Poland to protect his body.