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Divine Mercy
Pilgrimage to Poland
July 2 - 11, 2018
In the Footsteps of
St. John Paul II & St. Faustina with
Fr. Joseph Doyle, S.S.J.,
Spiritual Director


Proposed Itinerary

Day 1 - USA- Warsaw   
Board your overnight flight(s) to Poland, with dinner and breakfast served onboard.

Day 2 - Warsaw   
Upon arrival, you will meet your local Polish Guide who will escort you to your first class hotel. Mass will be celebrated in the afternoon at St. James Church, which is the first church Helena Kowalska (today known as St. Faustina) entered when she arrived in Warsaw. Dinner in local restaurant will immediately follow Mass. Overnight in Warsaw.

Day 3 -Warsaw    
After breakfast, visit all the landmarks of Warsaw: Old Town, Market Square, the Barbican, the Warsaw Ghetto monument, Lazienki Park, the Chopin statue, and the magnificently restored Royal Castle. Visit Stanislaw Kostka Church and view a special exhibit dedicated to Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko, who was brutally killed by the communists in 1984, and the General House of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy located at 3-9 Zytnia Street where Faustina entered the convent. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.

Day 4 -Swinice Warckie -Niepokalanow  
After breakfast, travel to Czestochowa, with a stop in Swinice Warckie to visit St. Casimir church where St. Faustina was baptized, made her first confession and received her first Holy Communion. Continue on to Niepokalanow to see the Franciscan Monastery founded by St. Maximillian Kolbe and the Sanctuary of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Dinner and overnight in Czestochowa.

Day 5 - Czestochowa 
This morning you will have Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery, an important shrine with a tradition of pilgrimages that goes back to the 14th century. Here you will see the Miraculous Icon of the Black Madonna, known as Our Lady of Czestochowa, a place where St. John Paul II made frequent visits throughout his life. In the afternoon you will view the priceless treasures located in the Museum before traveling on to Krakow for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 - Krakow - Divine Mercy Shrine
Today you will visit Lagiewniki, the capital of the Divine Mercy. It was here that the message of the Divine Mercy originated, which Christ Himself wished to pass on to our generation through the mediation of St. Faustina. You will see the image of the Merciful Jesus and have Mass at the convent chapel near the tomb of St Faustina. In the afternoon, you will also visit the Shrine of Divinity dedicated by St. John Paul II on his last visit to Poland in 2002 and visit the new center "Have no Fear" where you may pray by his relic. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.

Day 7 - Auschwitz - Wadowice
Today you will travel to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp where unspeakable atrocities occurred. You will see the cell that imprisoned St. Maximillian Kolbe and the Martyrdom Museum recalling the horrors of the Holocaust. In the afternoon you will go to Wadowice, the birthplace of St. John Paul II, and celebrate Mass in the church he attended and in which he was baptized as a child. You will visit his childhood home, now a museum containing relics and artifacts from throughout his life. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.

Day 8 - Krakow (Old Town) and Wieliczka Salt Mine
Begin with Mass inside St. Mary’s Basilica and admire the extraordinary Wit Stwosz altar. Hear the trumpet of the bugler from St. Mary's Tower and explore Market Square before walking to the Wawel Castle which houses the Royal Cathedral, the church of the Polish Kings for over 400 years. See the Coronation Chapel and the Royal Chambers where a superb collection of Arras tapestries are on view. In the afternoon, visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which is famous for many things - most notably the St. Kinga Chapel which is located about 330 feet underground, and is decorated with carvings in rock salt depicting important scenes in Jesus’ life and it has two giant chandeliers made completely out of salt crystals.

Day 9 - Optional Day Trip to Zakopane and the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptowki.
After breakfast, we will drive through the mountains to the small village of Zakopane. Along the way we will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptowki. Completed in 1992, the great church was built as a votive offering of gratitude for the recovery of Pope John Paul II after his assassination attempt on May 13, 1981, and the church was consecrated by Pope John Paul II himself on June 7, 1997 during his pilgrimage to Poland. From here we will proceed to town and take a cable car ride to the nearby mountaintop. At the top, we will have time to take in the magnificent panoramic views, and possibly take a carriage ride along the ridge path. Back at the bottom of the mountain we will have time to shop in at the local bazaar and have lunch on colorful Krupowki Street. On the way back to Krakow we will visit the Jaszczorowka Chapel. This architecturally distinct chapel was visited many times by the young, Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II). As a young boy, Karol Wojtyla often used the walking paths surrounding the Jaszczorowka Chapel for much prayer and reflection. Enjoy a beautiful dinner and an optional stroll through the old city before retiring for the evening.

Day 10 - Krakow - USA
This morning you will transfer to the John Paul II International airport for your return flights to the USA.

Miraculous Icon of
Our Lady of Czestochowa

# PO18 0702-JD Included Tour Features
* Roundtrip Flights from New Orleans, LA
  * First Class Hotels
       2 nights in Warsaw (Radisson Blu Centrum , or similar)
       1 night in Czestochowa (Mercure Patria Hotel , or similar)
       5 nights in Krakow (Holiday Inn, or similar)
  * Breakfast and dinner daily
  * Water, Wine and Coffee served with Dinner
  * Transfers between airport and lodging
  * Porterage at Hotels
  * All Sightseeing and Tours by private motor coach
  * Professional, multi-lingual Tour Guides throughout
  * Entrance fees where necessary according to itinerary
  * Daily Mass & spiritual activities coordinated with
         Fr. Joseph Doyle, S.S.J.

Pilgrimage Price:
per person, from New York
per person, from New Orleans
Prices based on Double Occupancy.

Private Rooms Available for Additional Cost.
Optional Trip Cancellation and Medical Insurance Recommended!

St. Pope John Paul II
(1920 - 2005)

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