Fr. Michael Rodriguez is from El Paso, TX. Ordained in 1996, he has served in various urban and rural parishes, and was also vocations director for his diocese. Since 2011, he exclusively offers the Traditional Latin Mass. Fr. Rodríguez knows several languages, and often speaks at Fatima Center conferences, serving on the Apostolate’s advisory council of priests.
Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea is a traditional Franciscan priest from New York. After a successful secular career, Father entered religious life following a reversion to the Catholic Faith. He is well-known as a powerful speaker, who has traveled internationally since ordination to preach traditional missions and speak at conferences, particularly on the “Four Last Things.”
Day 1. Saturday, October 12: Transatlantic flight to Warsaw
Day 2. Sunday, October 13: Warsaw
Welcome to Poland! Upon arrival into Warsaw, transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
Day 3. Monday, October 14: Warsaw
Start your sightseeing of Warsaw with a visit to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, where Father Jerzy Popieluszko was brutally murdered by militant security police in 1984. Afterwards, admire Lazienki Park with a glimpse of Imperial Poland. Then continue with a walking sightseeing of the Old Town. Admire the Castle Square with its Royal Castle, the Old Town Market Square, and the Barbican and City Walls. Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Warsaw’s oldest church, and the Church of St. Anna. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in the Old Town. (BB, WD)
Day 4. Tuesday, October 15: Warsaw – Niepokalanow – Czestochowa
After a short drive, visit Niepokalanow, the “City of the Immaculate Virgin”. This Franciscan Monastery was founded in 1927 by St. Maximilian Kolbe, martyr of the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, who established the Militia of the Immaculate and through his printing press fought against the enemies of the Church and promoted the devotion to Our Lady. Also, visit the museum of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Continue to Czestochowa, Poland’s premier pilgrimage site. (BB, D)
Day 5. Wednesday, October 16: Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Krakow
This morning visit Jasna Gora Monastery, the Black Madonna Shrine. The Pauline Monastery founded in 1382 houses its priceless treasure, the miraculous Icon of the Mother of God. Visit also the Treasury, with its artistic and historical collections. Afterwards continue towards Auschwitz, the concentration camp. Visit the museum and the sites related to St. Maximillian Kolbe martyrdom. After a short drive, arrive into Krakow for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 6. Thursday, October 17: Krakow
Today, your first visit in Krakow will be to the Basilica on the Rock: the center of veneration of St. Stanislaus of Szczepanow, bishop, martyr, and the first native Polish saint. Here he suffered martyrdom at the hands of King Boleslav the Bold in 1079. St. Stanislaus is the main patron saint of Poland and the city of Krakow. Next, visit the cathedral and admire the impressive St. Stanislaus Shrine, the Sigismund Chapel, and the Holy Cross Chapel. The relics of St. Stanislaus and St. Hedwig, queen of Poland in the 14th century, are also venerated here. Afterwards, embark on a walking tour of the city’s downtown, visiting the main market square and the Church of St. Mary, with its great Gothic polyptych. The rest of the day is at leisure; tonight enjoy an independent dinner. Overnight in Krakow. (BB)
Day 7. Friday, October 18: Krakow: Excursion to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, and Wieliczka Salt Mine
This morning visit Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, also called the Polish Jerusalem. It is the oldest Calvary in Poland and one of the most impressive Passion and Marian sanctuaries in the country. It consists of 40 chapels, set on the surrounding hills and built in the 17th century. The Zebrydowski Chapel houses the miraculous painting of Our Lady of Kalwaria. Afterwards, travel to Wieliczka, famous for its ancient salt mine which was opened 700 years ago and is still being exploited today. Visit the ancient underground chambers, saline lakes, wooden mining machines and underground buildings. The most impressive of these is the Chapel of St. Kinga, with altarpieces, chandeliers and sculptures made of salt. Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 8. Saturday, October 19: Krakow – Olomouc – Prague
This morning travel to Prague, stop at Olomouc, one of the most important Czech historical cities located in the eastern province of Moravia. It is known for its six Baroque fountains and the 18th-century Holy Trinity Column, a monument adorned with religious sculptures. Visit the Gothic St. Wenceslas Cathedral and have a walking tour of the old city center. Afterwards, continue to Prague for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 9. Sunday, October 20: Prague
Today visit the Loreto House, a Marian pilgrimage site with the Baroque Church of the Nativity and a replica of the Holy House of Loreto. Continue to visit Prague’s Cathedral dedicated to St. Vitus, 3rd-century martyr of the Christian persecutions. The relics of King St. Wenceslas, the first Czech saint, and of St. John Nepomuk, martyr of the seal of the confessional, are enshrined in the cathedral. Next, visit the Royal Palace, seat of Bohemian princes. Outside the palace is St. George’s Basilica, housing the relics of the martyr St. Ludmilla, grandmother and tutor of St. Wenceslas. Next, walk along the Golden Lane, named after the goldsmiths that lived there in the 17th century, and cross the famous Charles Bridge. The rest of the day is free to explore this beautiful city. Tonight, dinner is on your own. (BB)
Day 10. Monday, October 21: Prague
This morning, start your walking sightseeing with a visit to the Premonstratentian Strahov Monastery founded in 1149, housing the relics of St. Norbert, the founder of the order. Afterwards, pray before the miraculous Holy Infant of Prague at the Church of Our Lady Victorious. Enjoy free time before returning to your hotel for a farewell dinner. (BB, FD)
Day 11. Tuesday, October 22: Transatlantic flight Prague – USA
Transfer to Prague’s airport for your homebound flight.
Buffet Breakfast (BB); Dinner (D); Welcome Dinner (WD); Farewell Dinner (FD)
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
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