Poland

In addition to many modern-day Saints and stories of God’s divine mercy, Poland is filled with rich history and Catholic tradition.




Our Lady of Czestochowa, the image of the weeping Madonna, Pope John Paul II’s life, the appearance of our Lady in Gietrzwald, and a Eucharistic miracle have guided both Polish natives and pilgrims into deeper intimacy with God.

Although not as well-known as Lourdes, in 1877 Our Lady appeared to little Justyna for over 70 days, bringing a message of prayer and an invitation to recite the rosary daily. Just like at Lourdes there is also a spring here now, that pilgrims and the afflicted seek out for its healing powers.

In addition to St. John Cathedral and many other beautiful churches in Warsaw is the tomb of Bl. Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko. A great man of faith who stood in solidarity with the Polish people during the Cold War resisting government control, he quickly became an enemy of the state and a target for assassination. After being martyred in 1984, St. Pope John Paul II visited Fr. Popieluszko’s grave just 3 years later in 1987 an act of defiance toward the communist government.

A consecrated host that fell to the floor was placed in water and later began to bleed. Scientific testing revealed that the tissue present was muscle from the human heart. Eucharistic miracles are a great sign of God’s love for us.

Here, not far from Warsaw is the Franciscan Monastery founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe where he and six other priests formed “The Knights of the Immaculata” as a mechnisim to resist the communist revolution taking place in Russia. Come pray in the little chapel here where he and the other friars would gather for the liturgy of the hours.

The story of the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa is somewhat of a mystery, and according to tradition it was painted by St. Luke, brought back to Constantinople from Jerusalem by St. Helena, and eventually at Jasna Gora monastery in Poland in 1386. In 1979 and again in 1983 as he knelt before the image, St. Pope John Paul II would pray for an end to communism in his home country that would eventually come in 1989.

Miracles still happen every day! On Christmas Day, 2013 at St. Hyacinth Church in Legnica a host was dropped to the floor during distribution of communion. After Mass it was put in water to dissolve it, but rather than dissolve it turned into a red substance.

St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Edith Stein both were killed here at Auschwitz along with hundreds of thousands of other innocent Jews, Christians, and Poles.

St. Pope John Paul II was born, baptized, raised, and confirmed in before heading off to Seminary and eventually the Vatican. You can understand a person better by experiencing their hometown.

Thankfully this beautiful city was largely untouched by World War II. The Wawel Cathedral, Basilica of St. Florian, and the Basilica of St. Mary are some of the ancient churches of this city, but do not overlook the Divine Mercy Shrine and the tomb of St. Faustina Kowalska.
The Lemko people, a Carpathian ethnic group from the Polish highlands, built this beautiful wooden church, St. James, which is now entrusted to the care of the Catholic Church as World War II nearly eliminated these people and their culture. Built around the year 1600 it is the oldest remaining Lemko shrine.

Upcoming Poland Pilgrimages

There are currently no upcoming pilgrimages to Poland, please contact us if you would like to schedule one or be notified of the next one.