Study Pilgrimage - Poland & Rome
On the footsteps  of  John Paul II

Upon  your arrival to  Balice –Krakow, John Paul II Airport you  will be  met  by your   courier/guide and  transfer  by coach to Czestochowa for dinner and 2 nights accommodation.

• “Mary, Queen of  Poland, I am with you, I remember, I am on  alert!”
 “The Poles get accustomed to  coming  to Jasna Gora to tell their Mother about everything they experience (…) The Mother who not only has Her picture her , one of the most known and worshipped in the world, but who is present  here in the special and unique way. She is present in the mystery of Christ and the Church. She is present  for  everybody and for all who make the pilgrimage…even if it is only in their souls and hearts, with their last breath”.
Cermon of John Paul II,  Mass celebrated in Czestochowa,  4th June 1979 - Pope’e  first Apostolic visit  to  his  homeland.

Morning  tour of Jasna Gora Monastery, followed by Mass celebrated in the chapel of Black Madonna. Afternoon at leisure for private devotion.

• “Precisely for this reason the death of Maximilian Kolbe became a sign of victory. This was victory won over all systematic contempt and hate for man and for what is divine in man-a victory like that won by our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary”.
Homily of John Paul II at the Canonization of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, St. Peter's Square, Rome
10th October, 1982.

After morning Mass at the black Madonna shrine transfer to Auschwitz Concentration Camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Pray by the cell of St. Maximilian, who was canonized  in 1982 in  Rome and declared  a martyr of charity by John Paul II. Evening arrival in Krakow.  


 “I kiss the treshold of  my  home, and thank Providence for the gift of life  bestowed upon me through my parents, for the warmth of home and the love of my dear family”
  John Paul II, Homily, Wadowice, 16th June 1999
• “And  if  I want to encourage you and excite you towards somethingthg it is to make you not  stop visiting  this  sanctuary (…) And I would  like you to pray for me here both during my life and after it ”
 John Paul II, Homily, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska,7th June 1979
• "When I first visited this shrine in 1979, I asked you to pray for me, while I am alive and after my death. Today I thank you and all the pilgrims of Kalwaria for these prayers, for the spiritual support I continually receive. I continue to ask you:  do not stop praying - once again I repeat it - as long as I am alive and after my death. As always, I will repay your kindness by recommending all of you to the merciful Christ and to his Mother."
John Paul II, Homily Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, 19 th August, 2002 

Full  day excursion to Wadowice, the birthplace of Holy Father. Visit the Basilica of Presentation of Our Lady where Karol Wojtyła was baptized in 1920.  Next door house, where Wojtylas lived until 1938, was converted into museum which chronicles the life of John Paul II and houses various artifact  from his childhood.  In the afternoon continue  through  picturesque landscape of the Beskidy Mountains to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, the most beloved JP’s Marian  shrine, which  he had  visited plenty of times at  his boy’s and youth’s age and  than as a priest,  bishop,  cardinal and  finally on  three occasions as a pope.  After Mass celebrated in  the 17th century Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels time  for  private devotions.  Dinner  and overnight in Kraków.


 “Today, therefore, in this Shine, I wish solemnly to entrust the world to Divine Mercy. I do so with the burning desire that the message of God’s merciful love, proclaimed here through Saint Faustina, may be made known to all the peoples of the earth and fill their hearts with hope. May this message radiate from this place to our beloved homeland and throughout the world. May the binding promise of the Lord Jesus be fulfilled: from here there must go forth "the spark which will prepare the world for his final coming" (cf. Diary, 1732) (…)
 At the end of this solemn liturgy, I desire to say that many of my personal memories are tied to this place. During the Nazi occupation, when I was working in the Solvay factory near here, I used to come here. Even now I recall the street that goes from Borek Falecki to Debniki that I took every day going to work on the different turns with the wooden shoes on my feet. They're the shoes that we used to wear then. How was it possible to imagine that one day the man with the wooden shoes would consecrate the Basilica of the Divine Mercy at Lagiewniki of Kraków.
Dedication  of  the Shrine of Divine Mercy, Homily  of the Holy Father John Paul II, Krakow- Lagiewniki, 17th August 2002

Transfer  to Krakow - Lagiewniki - the capitol of Divine Mercy. Visit the Convent’s chapel  with the tomb of St Faustina and the newly built basilica consecrated  by John Paul II in 2002. It was here that originated  the message of Divine Mercy, which Christ Himself wished to pass on to our generation, through the mediation of St. Faustina  who  was later canonized by the Polish  pope in  the Jubilee Year 2000 in Rome.  After Mass time for  private devotion. Visit also  the nearby remains of  the Solvay Chemicals Company  where John  Paul II worked during  the WWII. Dinner  and  overnight in  Krakow.


 “There was a sense that this evil /Communism/ was  in some way necessary for the world and for mankind. It can happen, in fact, that  in  certain concrete situations, evil is revealed as somehow useful, inasmuch as it creates opportunities for good”.
• “Not  only  did the people reject Nazism as a system aimed at  the destruction of Poland, and Communism as an oppressive  system imposed from the East, but  in  the process of resistance they also pursued highly positive ideas. More was involved than a simple rejection  of these hostile systems. Those same years saw the recover and the strengthening of the fundamental values by which  the people lived and to  which  they wished to  remain  faithful”
John Paul II, Memory and Identity- Personal Reflections, Weidenfield &Nicolson London 2005, pp 17 and 49.

Walking tour “On the footsteps of John Paul II”. Krakow is a city  where His Holiness lived for 40  years before  being elevated to the papacy in 1978. Enjoy the medieval architecture of the Old Town with St. Mary Church, Cloth  Hall and Old Town Square. Visit also the Jagielonian University , John Paul II archdiocesan museum and the Wojtylas family  grave in the Rakowicki Cemetery. Here are buried JP’s parents and  his brother Edmund. In the afternoon  continue on to Nowa Huta district. Visit  the church of the Lord’s Ark which  was  erected after long  years of persistent efforts and struggles  with the Communist  authorities and  finally  consecrated by the Archbishop Carol Wojtyla in 1977.   Dinner and  overnight in Krakow. 

 "Today, while the voice of the Zygmunt bell seems to invite people to visit this mother church of Kraków, this treasure of the history of the Church and the Nation, let us go there on a spiritual pilgrimage… Let us stand in the midst of its builders and ask them what foundation did they lay under this construction to enable it to survive good times and bad, to give refuge to saints and heroes, shepherds and sovereigns, statesmen, creators of culture and entire generations of inhabitants of this city. Christ, who died and has risen, is he not its cornerstone?
Let us kneel before the tabernacle in the Batory chapel, before the black Crucifix of Hedwig, near the confessio of Saint Stanislaus, let us go down into the crypt of Saint Leonard and rediscover the unique history of the Church of Kraków, which is joined with that of the city and the country.
John Paul II, Homily  at Mass at Blonia Krakowskie,15th June, 1999, Krakow 

Morning Mass at the Wawel Hill followed by a guided tour of the most celebrated Polish Cathedral with the royal tombs and relics of Polish Patron Saints.  Pray  at  the Romanesque  St Leonard’s  Crypt  where  on Nov 2nd 1946 Karol  Wojtyla celebrated  his  first  Mass.  In the afternoon  continue on to Wieliczka Salt Mine to visit three miles of underground chambers, chapels and statues all sculptured from salt. Dinner  and  overnight in  Krakow.

• Dear brothers and sisters! Your shrine in Krzeptówki is particularly near and dear to me. In it you honour the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The history of this shrine is also linked with the event which took place in Saint Peter's Square on 13 May 1981. At that time I experienced mortal danger and suffering, but also the great mercy of God. By the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima my life was given back to me(…) I know that Zakopane too took part in the prayer of the Church throughout the world for my return to health and to the ministry of Peter. I know that you gathered in your parish churches and in the Chapel of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptówki to recite the rosary to obtain for me a recovery of health and strength. At that time plans were first made to build here, at the foot of Mount Giewont, a shrine to Our Lady of Fatima as a votive offering of thanksgiving for my life having been spared. I know that this shrine, which today I am able to consecrate, was built by many hands and many hearts united by hard work, sacrifice and love for the Pope. It is hard for me to speak of this without being moved.(…)Here, together with you, I wish once more to thank Our Lady of Fatima for the gift of my life having been spared, as I did at Fatima fifteen years ago. Totus tuus... I thank you all for this church. It is filled with your love for the Church and for the Pope. In some sense it is the continuation of my gratitude to God and to his Mother. Together with you I rejoice greatly in this gift.
JohnPaul II, Homily at  the Consecration of  the Church of  Our Lady of  Fatima, Zakopane- Krzeptowki, 7th June1997.
 Departure for  Zakopane situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountain. Celebrate Mass at the Polish Fatima- Marian shrine at Krzeptówki, dedicated to Our Lady  of Fatima and  John  Paul II. This  great  example and treasure of  the highlanders, wooden architecture was built after  the  assassination attempt on JP  in 1981 and  consecrated by the pope himself  in  1997. After Mass take a walk along colorful Krupowki Street for some shopping in the local bazaar.  Afternoon at leisure. Enjoy  the highlanders’ culture  during  our folklore dinner  in Zakopane.


• “Because  I found in Bother Albert  a real  spiritual support and  example in leaving behind the world of  art, literature  and theater, and in  making  the radical  choice of  a vocation to  the priesthood”
 John Paul II, Gift  and Mystery: On the  Fiftieth Anniversary  of My Priestly Ordination, p 33.
In 1949 a young  priest Karol Wojtyla  wrote a well received play  about St Albert: The  Brother  of Our God; Adam Chmielowski  has also been  portrayed  by John Paul  in  his most  successful  play: In Front of  the Jewelers Shop, 1962

• “Your forebears planted a Cross on the top of Giewont. It is there and remains there still. The Cross is a silent but eloquent witness to our time. It can be said that this Jubilee Cross looks in the direction of Zakopane and Krakow, and beyond: in the direction of Warsaw and Danzig. It embraces all our land from the Tatra to the Baltic. Your fathers wanted the Cross of Christ to reign in a special way in this beautiful corner of Poland. And thus it happened. This city of yours extended, one can say, to the feet of the Cross; it lives and develops in its radius”.
John Poul II, Homily  at Beatification Mass of Maria Bernardina Jablonska and Maria Karlowska, Zakopane-Wielka Krokiew,6th  June 1997
Horse cart  ride to Albertinian Monastery  with the hermitage  of St Brother  Albert / Albert  Chmielowski/. The  excursion will be divided in two  parts. The  first  part will be ca. 15 min ride to the Convent  of Alberinian  Sisters, where Mass will be  celebrated and  in  return walk and  bus  transfer from  Kuznice  to  Zakopane. For  the  more advanced  walkers  the hike  will continue to the  Giewont Peak /6214 ft/. Blue  marked Giewont route is the most frequented summit route of  whole Tatra Mountains. On  the  way  to  Giewont  you can  stop and  rest  in  Kalatowki Mountain Hotel  and than in  a  small mountain chalet of  Hala Kondratowa. Dinner and  overnight in Zakopane.

Airport transfer  to Balice - Krakow  for you  flight to Rome  with Sky Europe or  Centralwings. On  arrival to  Rome transfer to hotel  for dinner and 4 overnight accommodation.

After morning  Mass at  the Papal Grottoes, pray  at  the tomb of John Paul II and visit St Peter Basilica built on the site where the Prince of the Apostles was martyred and buried. Continue on to  Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. The balance of the day at leisure. After dinner at the hotel enjoy  tour  of the “eternal city” by night.

Sightseeing tour of “Christian Rome”. Morning Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the burial site of the Apostle of Gentiles. Continue on to visit  St John Lateran and proceed to Scala Sancti, the Holy Stairs that Jesus had climbed before being sentenced to death. After lunch see St Mary Major the first Marian shrine in the Catholic Church. Afternoon at  leisure. Dinner  and  overnight in Rome.

Day  at  leisure. Dinner and  overnight in Rome

Transfer to Fiumicino Airport for your return flight.



• Air Transportation
• 13 nights accommodation/ rooms with private facilities
• 3 star  hotels or pilgrims  houses
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• All transfers by private motor coach
• Guide and tour escort
• Catholic Priest and Mass daily
• Papal Audience (if available)
• Local guides if needed and admission fees

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