June 2023

Journey through the life of Karol Wojtyla to St. John Paul the Great.

From Warsaw to Krakow, from Czestochowa to the Tatra Mountains, from his hometown of Wadowice to the Divine Mercy Shrine, come join us.

Experience
The history & culture of a country with an incredible story.
Pray
In the footsteps of Faustina to Kolbe, in daily Mass and prayer.
Learn
How Poland shaped JP2 and how JP2 shaped the world.
Enjoy
The natural beauty, art, cuisine and people Poland has to offer.
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Accompanied by

Bishop Paprocki of Springfield, IL.

All inclusive-cost of $4,500

Includes non-stop roundtrip airfare from Chicago.

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Cardinal Dziwisz (1)

After your time at the JP2 Project you will be able to understand and live out the genius of Pope St. John Paul the II. I invite you to Poland!

Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz.
Former Archbishop of Krakow, and
Pope St. John Paul II’s Personal Secretary of 39 Years.

Have a question?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the cost?

4-star accommodations, all meals (except 3 meals to allow you to explore), all event tickets, non-stop roundtrip airfare from Chicago, and ground transportation with the group.

What is the pace of the pilgrimage?

 In general, full but restful. JPII liked to enter deeply into life’s mysteries; similarly, we prioritize quality over quantity. JPII was a prolific pilgrim and a man of incredible fortitude;  and so, we should not be afraid to give of ourselves – each to our own capacity!  You will have a full opportunity to experience the history, culture, and faith of these powerful Polish saints. However, we do not ascribe to the “packing in as much as possible” mentality of the common tourist. One must be allowed time to absorb the grace of the places visited. There may be times of slight hassle, but there will definitely be times of rest. If you’re tired and need to opt-out of an activity, we’ll make sure you can meet up with the group when you’re ready. If you’re itching for more during down time, our guides will point you in the right direction.

What is the itinerary in Poland?

 Starting in Warsaw, you’ll journey through some WWII history and Poland under communist oppression and the legacy of sanctity that happened in the midst of this. You’ll discover the roots of Polish Marian devotion, for example at Czestochowa. You’ll discover the enchanting city of Krakow and her legacy of faith, from the Mariacki Basilica to the Royal Cathedral of Wawel. Through this journey, you’ll discover the path of Fr. Karol Wojtyla. Think of his powerful young adult ministry as a priest, the beginnings of the theology of the body, to his vital role as archbishop of Krakow. You’ll visit his childhood hometown of Wadowice and his places of retreat in the Tatra Mountains. Of course, you cannot visit Poland without encountering the humble nun, St. Faustina, and the powerful message of Divine Mercy where it all began.

Who will be hosting us in Poland?

Joe and Corinne MacDonald. Co-Founders of the John Paul II Project

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Francois. JP2 Project Krakow Coordinator

  

What is the spiritual life of the pilgrimage?

The most central part indeed. Daily Mass will be an anchor of each day. There will be opportunities for quiet, personal prayer, and adoration as well. Then the whole pilgrimage is aimed at being a spiritual experience. While visits to religious sites will be beautiful and educational, the focus is on drawing you into the grace of the place, inviting you to deeper conversion and relationship with our living God, and friendship with the saints along the way.

Can we get a sneak peek into the JP2 Project?

Absolutely. Once in Krakow, you’ll have a chance to sit in on a class at the Pontifical University of John Paul II from one of our scholars. You’ll get a chance to meet some of the students over a meal and hear their stories. Our student residence is on the same grounds as the Sanctuary of St. John Paul II, which of course you’ll be visiting too.

What are my allowances on the flights?

One carry-on bag and one checked bag included. It is possible to upgrade to business class on these flights, subject to availability and a fee.

What travel documentation is required for attendance?

To enter Poland, US citizens need a valid passport, with an expiration date no later than 6 months prior to departure. We are monitoring the requirements in place due to covid, in consultation with our local attorney, and will communicate the necessary information in the months leading up to the pilgrimage.

Currently:

  • US citizens, and legal US residents, may travel to Poland by air.
  • Visas are not required for entry.
  • A covid vaccine is not required for entry.
  • A covid test is required 24 hours prior to your arrival in Poland, counting from the time of your test result. 
  • Quarantine is not required, provided you have a negative covid test result.
  • A negative covid test is required for entry back into the US, including for US citizens.

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