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.
Warsaw to Krakow: A Pilgrimage of Faith and Social Transformation
Warsaw / Niepokalanow / Czestochowa / Wadowice / Zakopane / Kalwaria / Zebrzydowska / Wieliczka / Krakow / Auschwitz
- Our pilgrimage begins as we depart the USA on an international overnight flight to Warsaw, Poland; beverages and meals served aloft.
- We’ll transfer to our hotel for dinner and an overnight stay upon arrival in Warsaw.
- We’ll begin our tour of Warsaw with a visit to the church of St. Stanislaw Kostka where Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko worked and is buried. Here we’ll celebrate the first Mass of our pilgrimage.
- As our tour continues, we’ll see the Royal Castle located in Castle Square at the entrance to Old Town. After lunch, we’ll take in the New Town Market beginning with the late-Gothic Warsaw Barbican and the birthplace of Madam Curie. At Krasinski Square, we will stop by the Monument of Warsaw’s Uprising then drive to see the Ghetto Memorial where we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Warsaw’s Grand Opera and National Theatre House.
- We will visit one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Poland, the village of Niepokalanow, home to the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Conventual Franciscan Friary founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe. Here we celebrate Mass and learn about the history of Christianity in Poland. Czestochowa is our next stop, long known for the famous Pauline monastery of Jasna Góra and Poland’s holiest relic, the Black Madonna painting, a shrine to the Virgin Mary.