Pilgrimage to Poland with Fr. Dennis Koliński

This September 3 to 14, 2018, join Fr. Dennis Kolinski, SJC on a pilgrimage to a country of magnificent churches, medieval castles, beautiful landscapes and 1,000 years of Christianity.

Poland is a unique spiritual experience for those, who wish to experience a country that is still vibrantly Catholic. This pilgrimage will take you to beautiful churches, shrines, tombs of saints and miraculous images, found in ancient Polish cities and picturesque villages.

The tour will take you to the major sites that other itineraries usually visit but also to other places that most travelers to Poland do not usually see. And because Poland occupies a place in Europe where East meets West, you will encounter a very unique and rich religious culture. Each day of the pilgrimage includes the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in one of many historic churches.


Download registration form and details (PDF) »

(Departure from Chicago O’Hare or Newark Liberty)
Includes airline ticket and taxes, tips, hotels,
guide and motor coach transportation.

Supplement for single room—$400

Registration deadline—May 31, 2018
Register now to assure your seat.


September 3, Monday
Evening departure from Chicago O’Hare Airport or from Newark Liberty Airport.

September 4,Tuesday
Arrival in Warsaw and travel to Lublin.
Dinner is on your own.
Overnight at the Hotel Europa in Lublin.

September 5, Wednesday
We begin our pilgrimage by traveling to the eastern border of Poland where we will have Holy Mass before Our Lady of Kodeń. This miraculous image was painted on the bases of an ancient sculpture attributed to St. Luke called Our Lady of Guadalupe and venerated in the Spanish province of Extremadura since the 7th century. Kodeń was also one of the sites for the “Rosary on the Border” this past October 7th. Returning to Lublin pilgrims will have a chance to explore the Old City. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight at the Hotel Europa in Lublin.

September 6, Thursday
This morning we will have Holy Mass in the castle’s Royal Chapel, which is a rare blend of western Gothic architecture and eastern Byzantine iconography. Then, we will depart to the royal city of Sandomierz, which has remained largely intact since the Middle Ages. After exploring the Old City, you can have dinner on your own.
Overnight at the Hotel Sarmata in Sandomierz.

September 7, Friday
Upon leaving Sandomierz this morning, we begin our day with Holy Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Dzików in Tarnobrzeg and then proceed to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation in Tuchów located in the picturesque hills of southern Poland. From there we travel to the Royal City of Kraków where we will be based for several days. Kraków is a treasure trove of culinary delights with restaruants featuring the best of Polish cuisine, as well as from many other countries. Dinner is on your own in one of the city’s many great restaurants.
Overnight Hotel Pollera in Kraków.

September 8, Saturday
After Holy Mass, pilgrims can spend the day exploring this medieval beautiful city, once known as the “Rome of the North,” because of its proliferation of churches, monasteries, tombs of saints and miraculous images. For centuries, Kraków has been the cultural and spiritual center of Poland. Pilgrims also have the option to take a trip on this day to Zakopane nestled in the High Tatra Mountains to the south. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight Hotel Pollera in Kraków.

September 9, Sunday
After Mass in one of the many beautiful churches in Kraków’s Old City, pilgrims can choose to either spent the day exploring Kraków or take an option side trip to St. John Paul II’s hometown Wadowice and the Auschwitz Concentration Camp where St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross died a martyr’s death. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight Hotel Pollera in Kraków.

September 10, Monday
After Holy Mass at the Tomb of St. John Cantius in the magnificent Baroque church of St. Anne in Kraków, we will visit the Divine Mercy Shrine & the John Paul II Center. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight Hotel Pollera in Kraków.

September 11, Tuesday
After Holy Mass in St. Mary’s Basilica we will have a free day in Kraków for sightseeing, shopping or just spending time in one of the city’s charming cafes, as native Krakovians do, observing the largest and one of the most interesting city squares in Europe. Or perhaps, you may choose to visit the Royal Wawel Castle and Cathedral. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight Hotel Pollera in Kraków.

September 12. Wednesday
Today, we will travel to Częstochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland and the third largest Marian shrine in Europe where we will have Mass at the altar of the Miraculous Icon, believed to be painted by St. Luke the Evangelist, on a portion of the Holy Family’s table from Nazareth. There will be ample time to explore the large monastery complex, spend time in prayer and devotion, as well as shop for the devotional items that you will want to return home with for yourself and those close to you. This evening we will share a farewell group dinner.
Overnight at the Pilgrim House in Częstochowa.

September 13, Thursday
After leaving Częstochowa, we will have morning Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Gidle, afterwhich we will travel to Warsaw where we will visit the Shrine of St. Andrew Bobola. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight at the Holiday Inn Express in Warsaw.

September 14, Friday
Morning departure from Warsaw’s Chopin Airport for Chicago or Newark via Frankfurt.

Final payment due—June 15, 2018

For more information please contact:
Father Koliński at dkolinski@cantius.org
Dorothy Carollo at 908-246-6626