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Footsteps of Bl John Paul II & St Faustina (Divine Mercy)

in Poland

This Pilgrimage features memories associated with St John Paul II and Sts Faustina and Maximilian Kolbe and includes venues cherished by Polish Catholics and not usually discovered by Americans. This is in keeping with Living Krakow’s vision to enhance the Pilgrimage experience by interaction with Polish people and Poland’s vibrant Catholic Culture.What you should know about a Living Krakow Cultural Pilgrimage ™What is a Pilgrimage? Most people think of travel to a Holy Place, a place of an Apparition, a Miracle, or a place to walk in the Footsteps of a Saint or even Our Lord.A Living Krakow Cultural Pilgrimage ™ is these things, and more. It offers interaction with local people, the local culture.Our offerings in Poland, especially, feature immersion in her unique Catholic Culture. Our returning Pilgrims report this as the highlight of their experience. Yes, they walk in the Footsteps of Holy Persons, like St. John Paul the Great, St Faustina (Divine Mercy) and St Maximillian Kolbe, they experience some of the 57 major Marian Sanctuaries, perhaps even the site of an “approved” apparition, or the site of miracles; invariably, they report: “The Polish people, their Catholic Culture, was the highlight of my Pilgrimage”.

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Footsteps of Bl John Paul the Great and St Faustina (Divine Mercy)

Days 1-4 Depart Phoenix, Arrive Warsaw. Masses at St James Church and Faustina Convent. Warsaw Venues: Old Town, Market Square, Warsaw Ghetto Monument, Lazienki Park, Presidential Palace, Chopin. Day Trips: Plock (Faustina’s childhood school and Convent of her first revelation) Monastery founded by St Maximilian Kolbe.

Day 5 Transfer to Czestochowa, Poland’s most visited Marian Sanctuary, home of “Black Madonna”. En route parish church of St Casmir where Faustina baptized. Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery then guided monastery tour and Solidarity Museum.

Days 6-7 Transfer to Zakopane in beautiful Tatras mountains where Bl John Paul II loved to retreat and ski. En route, Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp and museum, place of martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Sr Therese Benedicta (Edith Stein) and countless. Masses at Hamrze Franciscan Monastery dedicated to St Maximillian and Fatima church in Zakopane, World Headquarters for John Paul II “Cause”. Gondola ride to high peaks in Tatras, regional cuisine at charming Alpine chalet with Highland Dancers (watch or join in) stroll picturesque White River, famous cheeses, shopping, crisp air.

Transfer to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, shrine of Christ’s Passion and Mary called Poland’s Jerusalem a favorite retreat for Saint John Paul II since childhood, visited by him on every return to Poland as Pope. In 2006 Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass here and declared his predecessor ‘Venerable”, opening his Sainthood Cause. Visit future Pope’s home town, Wadiwice, his boyhood church, his home (now a museum). Kalwaria is a favorite place of Pilgrimage for Polish people (since 1602) not often discovered by Americans.

Days 8-10 Transfer to Krakow, the cultural center of Central Europe. Wielizcka Salt Mines (one of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites included in this pilgrimage), gentle walking tours of 13th Century Krakow, protected from bombing in WW2 because of it cultural significance, numerous beautiful churches, Jagellonian University (alums include John Paul II and Copernicus), archdiocesan Museum, Wawel Castle and Cathedral – parts 1000 years old – the most visited site in Poland, new John Paul II Cultural Center under construction at the site of place where the future Pope worked while secretly attending the “Conspiritorial” Seminary, Convent of ST Faustina and Divine Mercy Shrine, St John Paul II Sanctuary “Be Not Afraid”, and Basilica, Franciscan Church where St Maximilian served, famous for it’s “Stations”, Bonus “Free Day” in Krakow to revisit or pursue personal interests, perhaps to connect with family.

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