Living Kraków Virtual Poland Part 3: Płock


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  • Poland
  • Warsaw, Płock, Niepokołanów
  • Saints Maximilian Kolbe, Faustina
  • Japan, Nagasaki
  • Jews
  • Pilgrimage
  • Travel

Day 3 begins with nice buffet breakfast at our hotel in Warsaw. Then to Niepokołanów, monastery of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Mass in original chapel there, then guided tours of the Church, the Museum and grounds. There is also a pilgrims house here, plus a fire station since the brothers are the volunteer fire department for the town, and the Popemobile from St. John Paul the Great’s first trip home to Poland. Some things you might notice in the video:

  • Paintings done by a fellow Auschwitz inmate. These were created on brown paper wrappings retrieved from kitchen deliveries and ‘paint’ made from vegetable trimmings such as beets.
  • Japanese kimonos. Maximilian established a monastery in Nagasaki, Japan. Before WW2 he travelled there to approve the intended construction site, and instructed them to move it behind a nearby mountain. This protected the monastery from the nuclear bomb and the monastery became a hospital for countless injured.

Next we travel to Płock, one of my favorite cities, formerly the regional capital (before Warsaw became that) and home to a Congregation of Mercy Sisters where Faustina was first told by Jesus, “Paint What You See.” We spend the night in Płock and tour the city and the convent guided by Prioress Sister Weronika.

Some things to notice:

  • Wonderful view of the Wisła River from high bluff near the convent
  • Construction progress for new Divine Mercy Retreat Center, an ambitious project inspired to Sr. Weronika
  • Old Basilica housing the tombs of many prominent Poles, Church leaders.

Spiritual Director:
Fr. Steve Kunkel, Pastor of St. Thomas Apostle in Phoenix. Fr. Steve created this entire series of 12 Videos in this VIRTUAL POLAND presentation (with photo input also from Fr. Charlie Goraib, who joins us in Kraków) and retains copyrights.

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