9 Days

Poland Pilgrimage

In the Footsteps of St. John Paul II & St. Faustina

Spiritual Director: Fr. Ivan Nienhaus

Group Leader: Mary Johnston

November 4 – 12, 2024

*Optional Post Spiritual Retreat: November 4 – 15, 2024

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Poland Pilgrimage

In the Footsteps of St. John Paul II & St. Faustina

Spiritual Director:

Fr. Ivan Nienhaus

Group Leader: Mary Johnston

November 4 – 12, 2024

*Optional Post Spiritual Retreat:

November 4 – 15, 2024

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Warsaw - Niepokalanow - Swinice Warckie - Czestochowa - Wadowice - Krakow - Zakopane -Auschwitz - Divine Mercy - Lagiewniki - Wieliczka

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Warsaw - Niepokalanow - Swinice Warckie - Czestochowa - Wadowice - Krakow - Zakopane -Auschwitz - Divine Mercy - Lagiewniki - Wieliczka

As you make your way to Poland, Land of Kings, Saints, and Divine Mercy! Walk in the footsteps of Saint John Paul II – from where he was born, baptized, where he became a Priest – Bishop – Cardinal, and where he spent his time visiting as Pope. Take in the Shrine of Divine Mercy (in Lagiewniki) and be drawn closer to the life of St. Faustina and her Divine Mercy message. One of the most obvious works of mercy, and perhaps the most difficult to put into practice, is to forgive others. This pilgrimage will teach you, and allow you, to be able to forgive.

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations: (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 2 nights: Nov 5 - 7: Sofitel Warsaw Victoria, Warsaw, Poland
      ~ 1 night: Nov 7 - 8: Hotel Arche, Czestochowa, Poland
      ~ 4 nights: Nov 8 - 12: Vienna House Andel’s Krakow, Krakow, Poland
  • Optional Post Spiritual Retreat:
    ~ 3 nights: Nov 12 - 15: Garden Square Hotel, Krakow, Poland
    Hotel Room and Breakfast
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily during main pilgrimage
  • Breakfast daily during post stay retreat
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners during main tour
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Whisper headsets where needed
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic Guide(s) Agnes is requested
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & Portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
Warsaw, Poland
Hotel Arche
Czestochowa, Poland
Vienna House Andel’s Krakow
Krakow, Poland
Not Included
  • Lunches and beverages not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver.
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Travel Protection

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Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

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Itinerary

Day 1 | Monday, November 4: Depart for Warsaw

Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Warsaw. Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2 | Tuesday, November 5: Arrive in Warsaw

Upon arrival, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival hall, where your tour guide and/-or driver will greet you. Transfer to your hotel. Following check-in at your hotel, your pilgrimage will officially begin with Mass. Following Mass, enjoy a delicious dinner and have the opportunity to explore the city of Warsaw before retiring for a restful overnight.

Day 3 | Wednesday, November 6: Warsaw

Your day will begin with breakfast, followed by Mass at St. James Church, iconic for its tower and square base. This church is where Helena Kowalska prayed extensively upon entering Warsaw. Here she confessed all that burdened her soul and asked for the advice of Rev. James Dabrowski. It resulted in Helena entering the convent. Following this prayerful morning, a full day of sightseeing begins. Explore the Old Town, comprised of beautiful maze-like cobblestone streets and picturesque architecture that are symbols of Poland’s successful rebuild following its destruction during World War II. Sites will include the Market Square (the center of the city filled with restaurants, cafes, and shops), the Barbican, defense-like structures rebuilt following World War II, and the Warsaw Ghetto monument commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 943 during World War II. Walk through Lazienki Park. This beautifully landscaped park holds the Chopin Statue (a large bronze statue of musician Frederic Chopin). View the Royal Castle (the official residence of the Polish monarchs). In the afternoon, visit the Stanislaw Kostka Church and view a special exhibit dedicated to Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko. This priest was a great personality of the Catholic Church and was killed by communists in 1984. In 1987, Saint John Paul II visited here to pray in front of Fr. Popieluzko’s tomb. Your tour of Warsaw will conclude by returning to the hotel for a delicious meal, followed by an overnight at your hotel.

Day 4 | Thursday, November 7: Warsaw - Niepokalanow - Swinice Warckie- Czestochowa

This morning, enjoy breakfast followed by a transfer to Niepokalanow. This Franciscan Monastery is in the community of Teresin and was founded by martyr St. Maximilian Kolbe. This remarkable Saint, arrested by the Nazis, died in Auschwitz, where he gave his life for the life of another prisoner. Following your visit to this Holy Monastery, transfer to the village of Swinice Warckie, to visit the church of St. Casimir. This historically rich parish is the Baptist site for St. Faustina (formally known, as Helena Kowalska). At this parish, little Helena received her first confession and First Holy Communion. She and her family attended Sunday Mass and other services at this church. After visiting this simple, yet elegant church, we will continue to Czestochowa. Upon arrival in Czestochowa, you will check in to your hotel, and enjoy a magnificent dinner and a restful overnight.

Day 5 | Friday, November 8: Czestochowa - Wadowice - Krakow

Today awake in the home of the grandest pilgrimage shrine of Poland since the 14th century! Start your day with breakfast and Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery. This hill-top monastery is home to the beloved icon of the Black Madonna. Saint John Paul II is said to made frequent visits to this monastery throughout his life. Tradition tells us that this icon was painted by Luke the Evangelist, discovered by St. Helen, and later enshrined. Have the opportunity to venerate the Holy Icon and many other priceless treasures contained within. Have a prayerful visit to the Chapel of the Black Madonna. Continue to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II). While in the small city of Wadowice, visit the church where this beloved Saint was baptized and attended Mass as a child. Following this historically captivating experience, continue to Krakow. Enjoy dinner at the local restaurant before resting up for the next day of activities.

Day 6 | Saturday, November 9: Krakow - Zakopane - Krakow

After breakfast, you will drive through the mountains to the breathtaking small and remote village of Zakopane. Take a cable car ride to the mountaintop and look out at the magnificent panoramic view. We then head to the Jaszczorowka Chapel. The young Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II) visited this architecturally distinct chapel often.

Continue to the colorful Krupowki Street. Shop at the local bazaar before returning to Krakow. Enjoy a beautiful dinner and an optional stroll through the old city before retiring for the evening.

Day 7 | Sunday, November 10: Krakow - Auschwitz - Krakow

After breakfast, explore Krakow’s Market Square which has remained unchanged for almost 700 years. It contains several buildings that hold historic value. Make your way to Wawel Hill, where you will visit the beautiful Cathedral and Coronation Chapel. Both are among the most important sites in Poland. Have the opportunity to pray at the tomb of the patron saint of Poland, St. Stanislaus. Next, a short drive to Auschwitz, notoriously known as a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Upon arriving at the former camp, feel the darkness and sorrow that overtake the atmosphere as unspeakable atrocities occurred at this site. While on this visit, view the cell that imprisoned the Christ-like St.Maximilian Kolbe and visit the Martyrdom Museum. After this reflective day, return to your hotel in Krakow for dinner and a restful overnight.

Day 8 | Monday, November 11: Krakow - Divine Mercy - Lagiewniki - Wieliczka -Krakow

After breakfast, depart for your excursion to Lagiewniki, the capital of the Divine Mercy. It was here that Our Lord gave the message of Divine Mercy to St. Faustina. Have the opportunity to visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy where this Sanctuary houses images of the Merciful Jesus, relics of St.Faustina, the Saint’s Convent Chapel, and the Saint’s Tomb. Visit the newly constructed Shrine of Divinity dedicated to Saint John Paul II on his last visit to Poland in 2002. We will celebrate Mass at the Shrine before visiting the New “Have No Fear” Centre where we will pray by the relic of St. John Paul II. We then depart for Wieliczka to visit Europe’s oldest salt mine, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Return to Krakow for your farewell dinner and last overnight.

Day 9 | Tuesday, November 12: Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to the Krakow airport for return flights home.

OR

FOR PILGRIMS PARTICIPATING IN OPTIONAL SPIRITUAL RETREAT:

Day 9 – 11  | Tuesday – Thursday, November 12 – 14: Krakow Retreat

After breakfast, transfer to your new accommodation in Krakow for 3 full days of prayer and retreat. Your hotel stays and breakfasts are included. Retreat sessions will take place in the morning and afternoons will be free.

Day 12  | Friday, November 15: Krakow – USA

After breakfast, transfer to Krakow Airport for your return flights home to the USA.

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Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.

 

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About Krakow & Saint John Paul II:

Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II) was born in the Polish town of Wadowice on May 18, 1920. He moved to Krakow with his father in 1938, where he attended Jagiellonian University and began studying for the priesthood. He was ordained as a priest on November 1, 1946 and went on to continue his studies in Rome until 1948. He returned to Poland that same year for his first pastoral assignment in the village of Niegowic, which lasted seven months. He then was transferred to the parish of St. Florian in Krakow, where he also spent time hiking in the mountains and canoeing with young people.

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About Krakow & Saint John Paul II:

Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II) was born in the Polish town of Wadowice on May 18, 1920. He moved to Krakow with his father in 1938, where he attended Jagiellonian University and began studying for the priesthood. He was ordained as a priest on November 1, 1946 and went on to continue his studies in Rome until 1948. He returned to Poland that same year for his first pastoral assignment in the village of Niegowic, which lasted seven months. He then was transferred to the parish of St. Florian in Krakow, where he also spent time hiking in the mountains and canoeing with young people.

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