In the first half of the twentieth century, the countries between Berlin and Moscow, were veritable “Bloodlands” that witnessed unspeakable carnage and human cruelty. During this century of fear, God raised up a trio of Polish saints that were a light in the darkness. The message of Divine Mercy was entrusted to St. Faustina Kowalska. The maternal care of the Immaculata for her suffering children was embodied by St. Max Kolbe who gave his life for a fellow prisoner at Auschwitz and the light of Christ was carried to the ends of the world by the missionary pope, St. John Paul II. In Poland you can experience the faith, beauty and culture of a land that shaped the faith of these great saints. You can worship and learn about your faith at the sacred sites where St. John Paul, St. Faustina and St. Max Kolbe discovered and grew in their own love for Our Lord and the Catholic faith.
A pilgrimage to Poland will take you to Wadowice, where Karol Wojtyła was born and to Krakow, which he would eventually lead as archbishop before being elected as Bishop of Rome. You’ll gaze upon the original image of the Merciful Jesus in St. Faustina’s convent in Lagiewniki and upon Our Lady of Czestochowa in the Monastery of Jasna Gora. Discover the passionate devotion of St. Max Kolbe to the Immaculata by visiting the city he built for her: Niepolalanów, while catching a glimpse of the terror that he stood against by visiting the cell where he surrendered his life for others at Auschwitz. You’ll also experience the natural beauty of the Tatras Mountains in Zakopane and the Wieliczka Salt Mine.