Monday, October 26 Our pilgrimage begins as we depart from Chicago for our overnight flight to Warsaw, Poland. Dinner and breakfast will be served during our flight.
Tuesday, October 27 Upon arrival in Warsaw our tour escort will greet us followed by a motorcoach transfer to our hotel. We begin our pilgrimage with Mass at St. James Church, where St. Faustina went when she arrived in Warsaw. Following dinner you may explore or relax before retiring for the evening. Overnight Warsaw
Wednesday, October 28 Today we visit all the landmarks of Warsaw, including the Old Town, Market Square, the Barbican, the Warsaw Ghetto monument, Łazienki Park, the Chopin statue, and the magnificently restored Royal Castle. Afterwards, we will visit and celebrate Mass where Faustina entered the convent. This afternoon, we will visit the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and view the exhibit dedicated to Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko who was killed by the communists in 1984. In 1987, St. John Paul II visited here to pray in front of Fr. Popiełuszko’s tomb. Dinner. Overnight Warsaw
Thursday, October 29 Following breakfast, we travel to Śwince Warckie to visit the Church of St. Casimir where St. Faustina was baptized. We continue to Niepokalanów where we will see a Franciscan Monastery founded by St. Maximillian Kolbe. Later, we arrive in Częstochowa, the home of one of the greatest pilgrimage locations in Poland, the “Black Madonna” of Our Lady of Częstochowa. Overnight Częstochowa
Friday, October 30 We begin our day with Mass at Jasna Góra Monastery where the portrait of the “Black Madonna” is located. The monastery has a pilgrimage tradition that goes back to the 14th-century. St. Pope John Paul II was known to make frequent visits to the monastery throughout his life. We continue on to Zakopane, with a stop along the way in Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (St. Pope John Paul II) to visit the church he attended and was baptized as a child. This afternoon, we arrive in the resort village of Zakopane, where we will enjoy a relaxing cable car ride to the nearby mountaintop which boasts extraordinary views of the area. Overnight Zakopane
Saturday, October 31 This morning we will visit the Jaszczurówka Chapel in Zakopane which was visited several times by young Karol Wojtyla (St. Pope John Paul II), as it lies on the walking paths where he often finished his walks for prayer and reflection. We then make our way to the colorful Krupówki Street for some last minute shopping in the local bazaar. We then stop at the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mines on our way to Kraków. We arrive into Kraków to participate in Mass at the oldest shrine in Kraków, the Skałka which is dedicated to the bishop and martyr, St. Stanislaus. Dinner. Overnight Kraków
Sunday, November 1 Today we tour Kraków, which stands as a medieval treasure house, full of architectural and artistic heritage. We’ll tour the imposing Wawel Castle, former seat of Polish regal authority and the Wawel Cathedral with its tombs of Polish monarchs. We’ll also explore Kraków’s Market Square and hear the silver trumpet of the bugler from St. Mary’s Tower followed by Holy Mass at St. Mary’s. Dinner. Overnight Kraków
Monday, November 2 Following breakfast, we depart for a visit to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp, where unspeakable atrocities once occurred. We will see the cell that imprisoned St. Maximillian Kolbe and the Martyrdom Museum recalling the horrors of the Holocaust. On our return trip back to Kraków, we will visit Calvary Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, to view the miraculous painting of Our Lady of Kalwaria. Dinner. Overnight Kraków
Tuesday, November 3 This morning, we visit the convent at Łagiewniki, where St. Faustina spent the last two years of her life. There will be ample time to pray before the miraculous image of the Divine Mercy, as well as in the chapel which contains the tomb of St. Faustina. While here at the shrine our, Our Spiritual director will celebrate Mass for our group. Next, we’ll visit the Arka Pana (the Lord’s Ark)historic church of Nowa Huta before enjoying our farewell dinner together. Overnight Kraków
Wednesday, November 4 With a renewed sense of pilgrimage and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we board the plane for the return flight home.