Isratrara Chawdhury is from Bangladesh and has been in the United States for five years. She studies English as a Second Language (ESL) at the Response to Love Center in Buffalo, New York. When she first came to classes she knew very little English and now has worked her way up to Intermediate ESL classes.
Isratrara has become friends with Sister Johnice and the staff, volunteers and especially her ESL teacher Joan Reeverts. Her dedication to learning the customs and language has been an inspiration to all of us especially her fellow students.
On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Isratrara and her husband took the U.S. Citizenship test and both passed. On August 18th they will attend the Citizenship swearing in ceremony. Sister Johnice was invited by Isratrara to attend as one of her guests.
The Polish Arts Club of Buffalo Honors Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz.
Thursday evening June 30th at the Buffalo Airport Millennium Hotel the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo held a Biesiada Evening in the Polish Arts Club Tradition. It is a merry banquet with food, drink and entertainment to honor an outstanding member of Polonia. Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz was the honoree at the event. The event started at 6:00pm with a social hour, dinner and basket raffle to benefit the Response to Love Center.
An opening Prayer and Blessing was given by Rev. Benjamin Fiore SJ Pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Buffalo NY. Then a traditional polish dinner was served.
Guests were invited to come to the microphone to share a favorite story of how Sister Johnice affected their lives.
After dinner Sister had the opportunity to reminisce about her childhood, her Polish roots and family traditions. It was a special moment for all in attendance as many in the audience appreciated the stories Sister told about the “old Polish neighborhood” and traditions. Sister had invited her closest friends and staff to attend. Thank you to the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo for a memorable evening for all.