with Fr. Dominik Jezierski
of Sacred Heart in Bowmansville
October 13-24, 2019
per person/double occupancy
Your pilgrimage fee includes:
-Round trip flight from Buffalo, NY, to Krakow, Poland.
(arrangements can be made for departures from other cities besides Buffalo)
-Airport Shuttle in Poland.
-Breakfast every morning.
-Chartered bus transportation to the sites we will visit.
-Guided by Fr. Dominik.
-There are no other hidden taxes or fees.
-All other meals besides breakfast.
What Will We See?
Salt Mine - The chapel of Saint Kinga in Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the wonders of Poland. Hand-carved one hundred years ago by a group of highly gifted miners, it is an awe-inspiring thing to behold. There are many other attractions to be explored here too, including underwater lakes, as well as ancient, smaller chapels – the mines here date all the way back to the thirteenth century.
Kraków – A tour of the city with Fr. Dominik, focusing on St. Faustina and devotion to the Divine Mercy.
Częstochowa – Jasna Góra – The trip to Częstochowa is an occasion to learn the history of the Jasna Góra Monastery and its significance for people who have pilgrimaged there for centuries. The icon of the Virgin Mary with the Child granted to the Pauline Fathers on August 9, 1382 attracted famous Polish writers and kings. During the tour, we will visit the Basilica of Jasna Góra, the Chapel of the Miraculous Painting of the Black Madonna and the Vault in which gifts offered to the Black Madonna over the centuries were placed. The itinerary of the trip also includes a sightseeing tour of the Museum of the 600th Anniversary, the leitmotif of which is the cultural and artistic activity of the Pauline Fathers, who are regarded as guardians of Jasna Góra. On the way back, wewill stop at the foot of the castle ruins, where the Spichlerz restaurant is located in a valuable Old Polish building representing wooden folk architecture in the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland.
Wadowice – The trip to Wadowice is an occasion to learn more about the life of Pope St. John Paul II in the days of his youth spent in Wadowice. Located at the intersection of the Little Beskids, the Maków Beskids and Silesian Foothills, Wadowice is a place where Karol Wojtyła grew up, but also a striking space full of beautiful architecture and landscape. The charming market square in Wadowice with the remarkable characteristic tower of the parish church of the Offering of the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as the Family House commemorating the life and activity of St. John Paul II in Poland will take us to the day of 18th May 1920, when Karol Wojtyła was born in a flat adjoining the wall of the temple. “Time flies, eternity awaits” – these words are still inscribed on the sundial painted on the church wall visible from the room in which the saint was born. The Museum Family Home of St. John Paul II that was opened on the 64th anniversary of the Pope’s birth. The continuation of the story will take place in the sanctuary of the Calvary – St. John Paul II was the only person who referred to it so frequently. While there perhaps we can sample the Pope’s favorite cake called ‘kremówka’ – and admire the picturesque views of the Beskids – the mountains closest to the Pope’s heart.
The Karol Wojtyła – St. John Paul II Route - An amazing trip in the footsteps of the man who had a tremendous impact on social and spiritual life of people all around the world. We will go back in time to the years of studies and priesthood of the Polish Pope. The unique nooks and corners of the Old Town will take us to the places the Pope was closely associated with. One of the highlights of the route is the Jagiellonian University, at which Karol Wojtyła received secret schooling. The trip itinerary also includes such landmarks, as the Church of St. Anne, the Higher Theological Seminary of the Archdiocese of Krakow, the Dean’s House and the famous papal window at Franciszkańska street, where the Pope used to appear during his sentimental pilgrimages to Poland.
Auchwitz – Birkenau - In 1939, after the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the loss of the defensive war by the Polish army, all the western regions of Poland, including the town of Oświęcim, were annexed by the Third Reich. The town was renamed as Auschwitz and the same name was given to a complex of concentration and extermination camps that were built there. The history of the Auschwitz concentration camp can be divided into two primary periods: the years 1940-1942, when it functioned as a concentration camp and a place of slow extermination, and the years 1942-1944, when it was transformed into the biggest center of immediate mass extermination of Jews, who had been transported into the camp under the policy conducted by the Third Reich that assumed the extermination of the entire Jewish population in Europe.
Zakopane – the winter capital of Poland located at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, with breathtaking views and picturesque natural landscapes that are enchanting not only in winter but at every time of the year! Captivating scenery, characteristic folk culture, highlander-style cuisine, numerous tourist trails and ski routes – all of this contributes to the richness of Zakopane, which is the most popular mountain tourist resort in Poland. There is a shepherd’s hut, where people can taste the traditional smoked cheese called ‘oscypek’. We can visit the Regional Museum which will be an opportunity to have a look at Zakopane art. After the visit to the Museum, we will get into a funicular that will take us straight to the top of Mount Gubałówka to experience an imposing view of the granite and limestone peaks of the Tatras. During our ‘spare time’ you can stay on Mount Gubałówka or ride down to the huge regional market square and eat dinner in one of the restaurants offering local delicacies.
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