10 Days

"Pope Authorizes Official Pilgrimages to Medjugorje"

May 13, 2019

Matthew Leonard

Poland & Medjugorje Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director: Fr. Peter Dugandzic

Starting at $2,699 without airfare

(Land Only option)

With Airfare - starting at $3,699 per person

October 4 - 13, 2020

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Krakow · Lagiewniki (Divine Mercy) · Wieliczka · Auschwitz · Wadowice · Czestochowa · Medjugorje

Travel to Poland & Medjugorje with Matthew Leonard, international speaker, author, and founder of Next Level Catholic Academy. Join Matthew in Poland to explore the life and legacy of Pope St. John Paul II in the very places he lived, prayed, and changed the world. Take in the Shrine of Divine Mercy and be drawn closer to the life of St. Faustina and her message of Divine Mercy. Continue to Medjugorje for a deeply prayerful experience built around the beautiful apparitions of Our Lady that have occurred in this amazing place. Celebrate Mass with a Catholic Priest daily, immerse yourself in the culture or Poland and Medjugorje, and enjoy lectures with Matthew for what is sure to be an unforgettable Pilgrimage!

In May of 2019 Pope Francis officially authorized organized Pilgrimages to Medjugorje. In a 2013 interview, the Holy Father recognized that Medjugorje was a place of conversion for many, and in 2018 he appointed Archbishop Hoser as an Apostolic visitor to St. James Church Parish for an indefinite period of time. Pope Francis appreciates the Marian devotion that Medjugorje Pilgrims revere and understands that Pilgrimages here have made lasting effects on millions of Catholics. This is why he authorized Pilgrimages even though the miracles have yet to be officially authenticated - in the past, the Holy See only allowed Catholics to visit Medjugorje in private, but now parishes and priest are allowed to publicly organize group Pilgrimages, while the authenticity of the apparitions of Our Lady are still being investigated.


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Fr. Peter Dugandzic



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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodation at
      ~ 4 nights: Oct 5 - 9: Q-Plus Hotel, Krakow
      ~ 4 nights: Oct 9 - 13: Modern Pansion/Hotel, Medjugorje
  • Transfers as per itinerary on a group basis
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Visit to Community Cenacolo
  • Meeting with Visionaries (Pending availability)
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Q-Plus Hotel
Krakow

4 Nights

hotel
Modern Pansion/Hotel
Medjugorje

4 Nights

Not included
  • Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver
Optional
Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Supplemental Cancellation Protection

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.

Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday - October 4: Depart for Krakow

Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2: Monday - October 5: Arrive in Krakow - Lagiewniki (Divine Mercy)

Special Event: Celebrate the Feast of Saint Faustina Kowalska
Welcome to Krakow, Poland! Upon arrival, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. We will begin our pilgrimage by heading to Lagiewniki, the capital of the Divine Mercy. Through the mediation of St. Faustina, Christ passed on the message of Divine Mercy at Lagiewniki. We will start our visit at the "Have No Fear" Center where we will be able to pray by the relic of St. John Paul II, with time after for additional prayer and reflection. We will celebrate Mass here in one of the Chapels, and reflect on her Feast Day, Canonization, and the words of St. John Paul II:

Misericordias Domini in aeternum cantabo. Let us too, the pilgrim Church, join our voice to the voice of Mary most holy, "Mother of Mercy", to the voice of this new Saint who sings of Mercy with all God's friends in the heavenly Jerusalem. And you, Faustina, a gift of God to our time, a gift from the land of Poland to the whole Church, obtain for us an awareness of the depth of Divine Mercy; help us to have a living experience of it and to bear witness to it among our brothers and sisters. May your message of light and hope spread throughout the world, spurring sinners to conversion, calming rivalries and hatred, and opening individuals and nations to the practice of brotherhood. Today, fixing our gaze with you on the face of the risen Christ, let us make our own your prayer of trusting abandonment and say with firm hope: Christ Jesus, I trust in you! Jezu, ufam tobie!

Then visit the Divine Mercy Shrine where Saint Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, lived and died. Through her meditation, Christ passed on the message of Divine Mercy and gave her instructions to spread the message among His flock. While here, you can listen to a special lecture done by one of the local Sisters, and you will have the opportunity to see images of the Merciful Jesus, relics of St. Faustina, as well as the Saint's Convent Chapel and her Tomb. We will continue to our Hotel for check-in, some time to relax, followed by dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Tuesday - October 6: Krakow (City Tour) - Wieliczka - Krakow

After breakfast, you will explore Krakow's Market Square as the sound of the silver trumpet from St. Mary's Tower fills the air. The captivating beauty of this square is largely due to the fact that it has remained unchanged for almost 700 years. It contains a number of buildings that hold important historic value such as, the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall, and the Burgher's houses. Following your time in this longstanding square, you will make your way to Wawel Hill, where you will visit the beautiful Cathedral, and Coronation Chapel. These are among the most important sites in Poland as the Cathedral has been the coronation site of the Polish monarchs and has held numerous pieces of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicist and Modern art. Also at this site, you will have the opportunity to pray at the tomb of the patron saint of Poland, St. Stanislaus. Next, a short drive to Wieliczka and visit Europe's oldest salt mine, which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Return to your hotel in Krakow for dinner and a restful overnight.

Day 4: Wednesday - October 7: Krakow - Auschwitz - Wadowice - Krakow

After breakfast, you make a short drive to Auschwitz, notoriously known as a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. Upon arriving at the former camp, you can feel the darkness and sorrow that overtakes the atmosphere as there were numerous unspeakable atrocities that occurred at this site. Additionally, while on this visit, you will have the opportunity to view the cell that imprisoned the Christ-like, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and visit the Martyrdom Museum. Following this visit, you will continue on to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II). While in the small city of Wadowice, you will have the opportunity to visit the church where this beloved Saint was baptized, and attended Mass as a child. Following this historically captivating experience, continue on to Krakow. Enjoy dinner at the local restaurant before resting up for the next day of activities.

Day 5: Thursday - October 8: Krakow - Czestochowa - Krakow

Today, you will awake in the home of the grandest pilgrimage shrine of Poland since the 14th century! You will begin your day with breakfast and Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery. This hill-top monastery is home to the beloved icon of the Black Madonna. Additionally, Saint John Paul II is said to have made frequent visits to this monastery throughout his life. Tradition tells us that this icon was painted by Luke the Evangelist, discovered by St. Helen, and later enshrined. While here, you will have the opportunity to venerate not only the Holy Icon, but also many other priceless treasures that are contained within. Following your prayerful visit to the Chapel of the Black Madonna, you will get an Exclusive visit inside the Monastery's Antique Library. A venerable place where you can find valuable manuscripts like The Olbracht Missal or The Bible of Queen Sophia. Following this historically captivating experience, continue on to Krakow. Enjoy dinner at the local restaurant before resting up for the next day of activities.

Day 6: Friday - October 9: Depart Krakow - Arrive in Medjugorje

Make your way to Krakow Airport where you will board your inter-european flight(s) to Medjugorje. Upon arrival in Frankfurt or Munich, change gates to board your short connection flight to either: Dubrovnik, Split, or Sarajevo airport. Upon arrival, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver, who will take you on the 2.5 hour drive to the village of Medjugorje. Enjoy dinner before retiring for the evening.

Day 7 to 9: Saturday to Monday - October 10 to 12: Experiencing Medjugorje

The most beautiful features of Medjugorje are its simplicity and peace. While in Medjugorje, you may experience your faith grow, and share in the faith journey of pilgrims from all over the world. A local guide will accompany your group throughout your stay in the village.

Some activities that will accompany you in your spiritual journey:

Attend Daily Mass: Each morning at 10:00 AM, your group will assemble at St. James Church for Mass (English-Speaking). At the end of each Mass, regardless of language, there is a blessing of the religious articles that you have with you.
Climb Apparition Hill: This mountainous hill is where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. At the base of this hill is a Blue Cross, where it is said Our Lady appeared to the children while they hid from the communist police in the early days of the alleged apparitions. While climbing, your group is invited to recite the Rosary, pausing five times for each decade of the Rosary. At the top of the hill, you will witness the exact location of the first alleged apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries, and enjoy private time for prayer.
Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain): In 1933, the villagers built a 30' high cross atop a mountain to commemorate Jesus' passion and death on the cross. Your group will have the opportunity to climb this mountain, and venerate that very cross. While climbing, your group is invited to pray the Stations of the Cross (to meditate on Jesus' suffering Road to Calvary), pausing fifteen times for each Station.
Apparitions: Each evening at 5 PM or 6 PM (depending on daylight savings time), your group will join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje in saying the Rosary, as all anxiously await the alleged arrival of Our Lady to the visionaries. Following the apparition, at 5:40 PM (6:40 PM during Daylight Savings Time), feel free to stay at St. James Church and attend the Croatian Mass. Following the Croatian Mass, there is a Blessing of the Sick.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Our Lady has always called us to be close to her Son. For this, you will have the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament at the altar outside of St. James Church. Adoration is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays; Veneration of the Cross is held on Fridays inside the church. Additionally, there is an Adoration Chapel on the grounds of St. James Church, where Adoration is held in the afternoon hours.
Meetings with the Visionaries: Pending their availability, your guide will arrange meetings with the visionaries at their homes.
Visit to the Community of Cenacolo: You will have the opportunity to visit the community of Cenacolo, founded by the Sisters of Charity, for young men and women who have taken a wrong path and are on the road to recovery. You will be able to listen to their inspirational words about their journeys back to Jesus Christ.
Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: The bronze statue of the Risen Christ is located on the grounds of St. James Church. Many pilgrims sit and pray on the benches surrounding this peaceful statue. This statue miraculously seeps droplets of water at all times of the day, out of Christ's right knee.

Day 10: Tuesday - October 13: Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, we leave by motor coach for Dubrovnik Airport (Split or Sarajevo) for our return flights home.



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Single Supplement / Private Room $410.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Krakow: Pre Stay - Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

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Krakow Pre Stay - Double Room with Transfer - 1 Night $164.00 (USD)

Krakow Pre Stay - Private Room with Transfer - 1 Night $268.00 (USD)

Medjugorje: Post Stay - 3 Nights

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Medjugorje Post Stay - Double Room with Transfer – 3 Nights $ $230.00 (USD)

Medjugorje Post Stay - Private Room with Transfer – 3 Nights $300.00 (USD)

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $410.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Krakow Pre Stay - Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

*All pricing is per person - per person

Krakow Pre Stay - Double Room with Transfer - 1 Night (Per Person) $164.00 (USD)

Krakow Pre Stay - Private Room with Transfer - 1 Night (Per Night) $268.00 (USD)

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Medjugorje Post Stay - 3 Nights

*All pricing is per person - per person

Medjugorje Post Stay - Double Room with Transfer – 3 Nights $ (Per Person) $230.00 (USD)

Medjugorje Post Stay - Private Room with Transfer – 3 Nights (Per Person)

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About your trip

  • Krakow
  • Lagiewniki (Divine Mercy)
  • Wieliczka
  • Auschwitz
  • Wadowice
  • Czestochowa
  • Medjugorje
About Matthew Leonard:

Matthew Leonard is an international speaker, author, podcaster, and founder of Next Level Catholic Academy, a online membership community focused on teaching Catholic spirituality (NextLevelCatholicAcademy.com). An accomplished filmmaker, he has written, produced, directed, and hosted multiple best-selling Catholic video series such as the Bible and the Virgin Mary and Genesis to Jesus, which have been translated into almost a dozen languages. A convert to Catholicism and former missionary to Latin America, Matthew is a frequent guest on radio and television programs across the country. His podcast "The Art of Catholic", is heard in more than 170 countries around the world. Matthew holds a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is the author of two books, Louder Than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic and Prayer Works! Getting A Grip On Catholic Spirituality. He lives in Ohio with his wife Veronica and their six children. more about him at MatthewSLeonard.com.

About Saint John Paul II:

Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II) was born in the Polish town of Wadowice on May 18, 1920. His remarkable life and spirit has touch the hearts of millions - 2020 marks his 100th Birthday and many Catholics plan to mark his centennial with a Pilgrimage in his honor. He was ordained as a priest on November 1, 1946 and went on to continue his studies in Rome until 1948. He returned to Poland that same year for his first pastoral assignment in the village of Niegowic, which lasted seven months. He then was transferred to the parish of St. Florian in Krakow, where he also spent time hiking in the mountains and canoeing with young people, perhaps sowing the seeds that would bear the fruit of what would become World Youth Day. In 1953 he became the Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow and was elected Pope in 1978. Among many things, Pope John Paul II was the world's first Polish Pope, second longest serving Pope (October 16, 1978 - April 2, 2005), and first Pope to visit the White House! After his death in 2005, he was canonized on April 27, 2014, we celebrate his Feast day on October 22.

About Medjugorje:

On June 25, 1981, in the mountain village of Medjugorje in Herzegovina, Our Lady allegedly appeared to six children. She identified herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, and continues to allegedly appear to several of the visionaries. Her mission is to promote peace with God and mankind, through her Son, Jesus. Mary's own words to the children explained, "I have come to tell the world that God exists." 206 Tours has been arranging pilgrimages to Medjugorje since 1985.

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