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Following in the footsteps of St. Faustina vocation


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Introduction

On August 1, 1925, a young girl from a modest family by the name of Helena Kowalska joins the monastery at Żytnia Steet in Warsaw. In the years 1931-37 she experiences revelations of the Merciful Christ. In 2000 Sister Faustina Kowalska is canonised by Pope John Paul II and the place of her death in Kraków – Łagiewniki becomes a place of pilgrimage for the whole world.

Day 1: Warszawa

Arrival in Warszawa. On the first day you will have a half-day tour of Warszawa, during which you will see the Old Town, St. John’s Cathedral, the Royal Castle from the outside, the elegant Royal Way, Łazienki and the Convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, which Helena Kowalska, known as Saint Sister Maria Faustyna Kowalska, entered in 1925. In the afternoon we invite you to attend holy mass.

Overnight stay in Warszawa.

Day 2: Warszawa - Niepokalanów – Płock – Warszawa (230 km)

Today we will take you to Niepokolanów, home of one of the biggest Franciscan monastic complexes devoted to the cult of St. Maximilian Kolbe. It is also a Marian shrine and a destination for many pilgrimages each year. In the afternoon you will travel to Płock, where you will visit the former Benedictine Abbey and the Divine Mercy Shrine in Plock. It was here that Saint Sister Faustyna Kowalska had her first vision of Jesus as King of Divine Mercy. You will visit a museum full of mementoes of Saint Faustyna, such as her nun’s cell and a replica of the bakery in which she worked. Overnight stay in Warszawa.

Day 3: Warszawa – Głogowiec – Świnice Warckie – Łódź (143 km)

You will travel from Warszawa to the village of Głogowiec where Helena was born  in 1905, as the third of ten children of Marianna and Stanisław Kowalski. It is difficult to imagine today, but this large family lived together in one room. The second room was used by Helenka’s father as a workshop. In Świnice Warckie, which lies 2 km from Głogowiec, you will see the parish church where Helena was baptised. Following in the footsteps of Saint Faustyna you will then travel to Łódź where Helena worked to support her parents financially. The  church was built under her invocation in a nearby spot where she had a vision.

Overnight stay in Łódź.

Day 4: Łódź – Częstochowa (119 km)

You will leave Łódz for Częstochowa. In Częstochowa you will visit Jasna Góra “Bright Mount”, which is the most important Marian shrine in Poland and a destination for hundreds of thousands  pilgrims every year. Its focal point is the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin featuring the icon of the Black Madonna, which has been credited with many miracles. The Museum, Treasury and Arsenal are also worth visiting.

Overnight stay in Częstochowa.

Day 5: Częstochowa – Kraków (120 km)

After breakfast you will head for Kraków. You will be enamoured by the special atmosphere of the Old Town and its treasure trove of old buildings and monuments, which you will see during a half-day tour of Kraków. In the evening we invite you to a wonderful dinner at the “Biesiada u Mnicha” restaurant in the Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 6: Kraków – Wieliczka – Kraków (13 km)

This morning we will take you to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site monument and one of the most famous attractions in the Kraków area. Highlights include the underground lake with its stunning colours and the beautiful St. Kinga’s Chapel, a remarkable underground ‘cathedral’ where every feature is carved out of solid salt! You will attend afternoon holy mass in Łagiewniki. Here, in the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Sister Faustyna worked and lived for many years. She also died in the congregation house and was buried in a nearby cemetery. In 2002 the new Basilica and pilgrimage centre were consecrated during the Pope’s visit to Kraków.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 7: Kraków – Auschwitz – Wadowice – Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – Kraków (160 km)

Today you will visitAuschwitz Museum - a moving testimony to the many lives lost as a result of Nazi atrocities across occupied Europe. In the afternoon we will take you to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and Wadowice -both are of great religious significance to the Poles. The first is a centre of pilgrimage and the latter is the birthplace of Karol Wojtyła - Pope John Paul II.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 8: Departure from Kraków

Departure.