"Miracle Hunter" Michael O'Neill
Poland & Lithuania Pilgrimage
Spiritual Director: Fr. John Broussard
April 21 - May 1, 2023
"Miracle Hunter" Michael O'Neill
Poland & Lithuania Pilgrimage
Fr. John Broussard
April 21 - May 1, 2023
Krakow · Kawaria Zebrzydowska · Wadowice · Lagiewniki · Czestochowa · Wroclaw · Legnica · Lichen · Gietrzwald · Augustow · Sokolka · Vilnius · Siaulai · Siluva
Join Relevant Radio and EWTN television host "Miracle Hunter" Michael O'Neill on a special pilgrimage to Lithuania & Poland celebrating the Feast Day of Pope St. John Paul II in the Centennial 100th year of his birth! Explore places of miracles like Lagiewniki, where St. Faustina experienced the Divine Mercy visions, and Czestochowa, home of the famed miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. See the most renowned sites of Poland's church-approved Marian apparitions like Gietrzwald, Lichen and Siluva, modern Eucharistic miracles like Sokolka and Legnica, and more! Visit Krakow and St. John Paul II's hometown of Wadowice for his feast day. O'Neill will give presentations to the pilgrims on the histories of Poland's most famous miraculous events and share a behind-the-scenes look at his research into miracles for National Geographic magazine, his Relevant Radio and EWTN programs "The Miracle Hunter" and "They Might Be Saints" and appearances on television like EWTN, NBC's Today, The Dr. Oz Show and NatGeo.
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Accommodations at Centrally Located Hotels throughout:
- ~ 3 nights | April 22 - 25: Hotel Puro Kazimierz, Krakow
- ~ 1 night | April 25 - 26: Q Hotel Plus, Wroclaw
- ~ 1 night | April 26 - 27: Hotel Atut, Lichen
- ~ 1 night | April 27 - 28: Hotel Warszawa, Augustow
- ~ 3 nights | April 28 - May 1: Novotel Vilnius Centre, Vilnius
- ~ Breakfast Daily at Hotel (Buffet)
- ~ Dinner Daily (Sit-Down, 3 Course)
- ~ One lunch (Sit-Down, 3 Course), *Glass of wine, or beer, or soft drink with dinners
- Transportation by private air-conditioned 49-seater coach
- Professional English-speaking tour escort
- Luggage Handling / Porterage service at hotels (1 pcs of luggage per pax)
- Whisper Headsets throughout the Tour
- Sightseeing/Admission Fees with local guides as per itinerary:
- - Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, St. Mary's Church
in Krakow, St. John Paul II Museum in Wadowice
- Free Wi-Fi on the bus
- Lunches not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver.
Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that April arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.
Cancel For Any Reason Waiver
A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 48 hours prior to departure.
Day 1: Friday, April 21, 2023 - Depart for Krakow
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Krakow. Your meals will be served on board.
Day 2: Saturday, April 22, 2023 - Arrival in Krakow
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. Transfer to your hotel. Following check-in at your hotel, your pilgrimage will officially begin with Mass. Following Mass, enjoy a delicious dinner before retiring for a restful overnight.
Day 3: Sunday, April 23, 2023 - Krakow - Kawaria Zebrzydowska - Wadowice - Krakow
We will have breakfast at our hotel and depart to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and visit the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary was a popular pilgrimage place for St. John Paul II when he was a young man. It was in the 17th century that the Palatine of Krakow founded the Franciscan Monastery. On the slope of the hill and the valley is an architectural "Way of the Cross" made up of 40 Chapels set on the surrounding hills. From there, we continue to Wadowice to visit the birthplace of Saint Pope John Paul II, and the local parish Church (Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary) where he was baptized at and celebrate the Mass. After Mass, we will tour the birthplace of St. John Paul II, and his childhood home (which is now a museum). You will have some time to grab lunch on your own before we return to Krakow for dinner and a restful night's sleep.
Day 4: Monday, April 24, 2023- Krakow - Lagiewniki - Krakow
After breakfast, we will depart to Lagiewniki, the capital of Divine Mercy. It was here that the message of the Divine Mercy originated. Divine Mercy Sunday is a very special Sunday when the Divine Floodgates from Heaven are wide-opened and Jesus offers us the total forgiveness of all sins and punishment to any soul, who goes to Confession and receives Him in Holy Communion, on that day. We will visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy, St. Faustina's convent Chapel, and celebrate Mass. Following Mass, we will visit the new center of Pope John Paul II to see the displayed relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II. It is part of his robe with a bloodstain on it from when he was shot in 1981. The Sanctuary houses the grace-working image of Merciful Jesus and the relics of St. Faustina and St. Faustina's Tomb. Next, we continue to Wawel Hill to see the Wawel Royal Castle and visit the Cathedral which is one of the most beautiful renaissance residences in central Europe. Then to Krakow's Old Town to see the main Market Square, the Church of St. Mary, Cloth Hall, City Hall Tower, Kanonicza Street where St. John Paul II resided while living in Krakow, and the Collegium Maius where he was a student. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 5: Tuesday, April 25, 2023- Krakow- Czestochowa - Wroclaw
After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and drive to Czestochowa. Upon arrival, you will have some free time to grab lunch on your own, then continue to Jasna Gora Monastery. This hilltop Monastery is home to the beloved icon of the Black Madonna. Additionally, St. John Paul II is said to have made frequent visits 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 the Holy Icon and many other priceless treasures that are contained within. Celebrate Mass here in one of the Chapels, and then continue to Wroclaw. Check in to your hotel, enjoy dinner, and then retire to your room for overnight.
Day 6: Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - Wroclaw - Legnica - Lichen
After breakfast, check out of the hotel followed by a panoramic tour of the hometown of St. Edith Stein. From there, we will travel to Legnica, with a stop for lunch along the way. Our first visit will be to the Church of St. Jack. A Eucharistic Miracle took place here on December 25th, 2013 - where a sacred Host fell to the floor and was picked up and placed in a container of water. After some time, it began to give a red appearance. The final judgment of the Department of Forensic Medicine states "The histopathological tissue fragments were found containing a fragmented part of the skeletal muscle. The whole image is similar to the heart muscle, as it appears under the strains of agony. Genetic studies indicate the origin as human tissue." Celebrate Mass here, and then continue to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Queen of Poland, as well as the Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Thursday, April 27, 2023 - Lichen - Gietrzwald - Augustow
This morning, you will have breakfast and continue to Gietrzwald - also referred to as "The Lourdes of Poland". While not as famous as Lourdes, this Shrine is a major pilgrimage destination in Poland. It dates back to the 16th Century, although the apparition itself took place between June 27th and September 16th of 1877, within a few years of the apparitions of Our Lady in Lourdes and La Salette. Our Lady appeared to a young girl on that first day, said to have been surrounded by angels within a bright light, and Our Lady requested that she return the next day. She did, but with a friend as well, and Our Lady appeared to both of them, holding the baby Jesus in her lap. For the next ten (10) weeks, the apparitions took place daily, always with the same message: "Pray the Rosary". The girls were instructed to go to a nearby spring, and she would bless it for the healing of both physical and spiritual maladies. As word spread, people flocked to the Shrine, and by September 8th - they counted 50,000 pilgrims. An investigation was begun after the apparitions ceased, examining the girls separately. Previously, their physical state during the apparitions was also recorded. The apparitions were finally approved in 1977, one hundred (100) years after they began. The Church was then designated as a Basilica Minor by Pope Paul VI in 1970. Then continue to the town of Augustow, which has attracted many visitors each year, most notably, to the Oficerski Yacht Club Hotel, which was built in the 1930s that was transformed from an Army Yacht Club. Located on the edge of one of the many lakes in the region, Saint John Paul II has a memorial chair from the first, and last time he visited the town. Arrive at your hotel for check-in, dinner, and overnight.
Day 8: Friday, April 28, 2023- Augustow - Sokolka - Vilnius
After an early breakfast at our hotel, we depart for Sokolka to visit the Eucharistic Miracle that took place in St. Anthony of Padua Church on Sunday, October 12th, 2008. A consecrated Host dropped onto the floor, and the Priest placed the Host in a vascular with some water. After Mass, the content was transferred to a vessel and locked up in the safe. A few days later, the Sister in charge found a one (1) centimeter long, a bloody flesh-like substance in the center of the Host. After that, the Archbishop ordered the Host to be placed on a corporal and placed inside the Tabernacle. The substance dried up and became a crust. On August 5th, 20019 - a sample was taken for analysis, and the red crust shows human heart muscle, connected with the still well-preserved Host. We will celebrate Mass at the Shrine and make our way to Vilnius for hotel check-in and overnight.
Day 9: Saturday, April 29, 2023- Vilnius
Following breakfast, we will depart for a sightseeing tour of Vilnius, including Gate Dawn, the Old Town, Church of St. Peter and Paul, the Church of St. Anna, and Bernardine Monastery. You will also see the Courtyards of the Jesuit University (oldest University in the Baltic states and largest in Lithuania), and the Medieval Castle, as well as the Divine Mercy Shrine. The first image of Divine Mercy, revealed to mankind in the message of Divine Mercy and painted at the request of Jesus, according to Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska's vision in 1934, was painted here by the artist, Eugene Kazimirovski in the presence and under the instruction and direction of Saint Faustina herself and her spiritual director: Father Michael Sopocko. You will have free time to grab lunch on your own and the remainder of the afternoon free to spend at your leisure. We will meet in the evening for dinner, and a restful night's sleep at the hotel.
Day 10: Sunday, April 30, 2023- Vilnius - Siauliai - Siluva - Vilnius
After breakfast, we will depart the hotel for an excursion to the city of Siauliai to visit the Hill of Crosses. A place of pilgrimage for centuries, it is covered in thousands of crosses, large and small, many in an elaborate folk-art style. Despite being bulldozed three times by the Soviet authorities, the crosses quickly reappeared each time. The crosses were placed to commemorate those killed or deported to Siberia and also killed in the peasant rebellion. We will celebrate Mass at the nearby Franciscan Monastery which was visited by St. John Paul II on his pilgrimage to Lithuania. After lunch, we will continue to the most important place among pilgrims, Siluva. Here, we visit the sanctuary of Our Lady of Siluva. Catholic history dates back to 1457 in Lithuania when the first Church was built on land given to the Catholic Church. The diplomat who gave the land, Peter Giedgaudas, traveled to Rome and returned with a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the child Jesus. It was put on display in the sanctuary of the Church. In 1570, the Calvinists made it known they planned to take over the Church, so the Parish Priest, Father John Halubka, hid the important documents and image under a rock near the Church. The Church was destroyed, and 20 years later, they were able to repossess the property if they could provide paper work confirming they owned it. In 1608, several children who were tending sheep saw a beautiful lady standing on a rock near the Church, crying. The children fled but returned the next day, and when asked why she was crying - she replied that the spot where her Son was worshipped and adored is now only used for farming. News spread of this apparition and a nearly blind man led the people to the spot where the chest was buried containing the paperwork and image. When the Soviets took over, they banned Mass, but pilgrims still flocked there and celebrated in secret. Return to Vilnius for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Monday, May 1, 2023 - Return Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to the Krakow airport for return flights home.
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About Krakow & Saint John Paul II:
Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II) was born in the Polish town of Wadowice on April 18, 1920. He moved to Krakow with his father in 1938, where he attended Jagiellonian University and began studying for the priesthood. 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 click here to read more
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