Pilgrimage to Poland: Day2

What a day! After walking over seven miles, I am exhausted.

We began the day with Mass at The Franciscan Church.  What an amazing experience.  When you walk into church, you are struck by the beauty and are overcome by God's presence.  Across from the church was the Archbishop's residence.  This is where Karol Wojtyla lived while he was Archbishop of Krakow and where he stayed when he visited Krakow when he was Pope.  Today there is still a picture of St. John Paul II looking out one of the window's of the residence.  When John Paul II would stay in Krakow, thousands of youth would sit in front of the residence to get a glimpse of the pontiff.  John Paul II would open that window and talk and sing with the youth who were there for him.

Next we began a tour of Wawel Castle and Old City Krakow.  Built during the 14th Century, Wawel Castle was the home of Polish Royalty.  The castle is amazing and the museum that has been made out of it is incredible.  Within the castle, there are hundreds on tapestries which were made for the kings that are over 600 years old! Attached to Wawel Castle is Wawel Cathedral.  Located in the cathedral are the remains on many kings, bishops, and St. Hedwig and St. Stanislaus the Martyr.  During our walk through Old City Krakow, we passed by many churches, including St. Andrew's which was built during the 11th century and is still being used for Mass today.  Once we arrived to the Market Square, we were in awe of the beauty of St. Mary's Cathedral.  On the outside it towers over everything and on the inside it is rich in beauty (no pictures were allowed to be taken inside the church; see here).  All of these activities were completed by 1 pm today and the rest of the afternoon was free for everyone to do their own activities.  


Pilgrimage to Poland: Day1

To all of you who have been patiently waiting for the pilgrimage updates - thank you!  After travel difficulties, which delayed 12 of us by at least 28 hours, all 17 of the parish pilgrimages are finally together in Poland.  

We started out our day in Warsaw with a bus tour of the city.  We were able to see many of the castles of the city, especially near Old Town, churches, and the tremendous architecture.  During the tour, we were able to hear stories of the history of Poland, dating back to the 11th century.  One of the highlights of the tour was being able to stop at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and see the memorials to Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko.  Fr. Popieluszko ministered to the working people during the the early 1980's and was a leader of the beginning of the uprising against Communism.  

After our bus tour, we began our two hour journey to Czestochowa and Jansa Gora Monastery.  The monastery was absolutely stunning!  Not only was the architecture amazing, it was wonderful being able to see numerous priests and religious walking around the monastery.  Fr. Mike was able to celebrate Mass for us in one of the chapels where an exact replica of the painting of the Black Madonna watched over.  After Mass, we were given a tour of the monastery, which included an up-close look at the painting of the Black Madonna (which is stunning!).  

Next we took the two and 1/2 hour bus ride from Czestochowa to Krakow.  One of the joys that we have had on this trip so far is that one of the pilgrims was a POW during WWII and has been sharing his stories with us during our bus rides.  The history that he has been able to share is unmatched and a true blessing.

Tomorrow we will be touring Krakow, including Old Town, Wawel Castle, and more!  If you have any prayer requests that you would like us to pray for, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Until tomorrow, take a look at the pictures that I took today below.



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