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26 people from our Encounter.Community and few other friends are going to Poland for 30 days pilgrimage which includes World Youth Day 2016 with 2,000,000 in Wrocław and Kraków.
Intensive immersion in the life of Polish Catholic ecclesial communities, families, parishes, new evangelization projects, charitable and mercy organizations. We will be hosted by HalleluJah community in Wrocław and Warsaw, the community that Iwona has co-founded in Poland in the late 80's.
1. Before WYD: Częstochowa and Warsaw (St. Faustyna, Bl. Popiełuszko, card. Wyszyński, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Warsaw castle)
2. WYD in Wrocław Archdiosese (home to St. Benedcita of the Cross - Edith Stein, Blessed Czesław, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, St. Hedwig shrine in Trzebnica). July 20-25
3. After WYD: Tatra Mountains (JP2's mountains, three days, hiking and higlander water rafting), Wadowice (JP2 home), Auschwitz, Wieliczka, Kraków site seeing (in the steps of JP2, St. Albert Chmielowski, St. Faustyna, St. Queen Hedwig, St. Hyacinth, St. Stanisław, Kraków's Jewish quarter, Mercy Shrine)
The price for this pilgrimage is much lower ($2,000) than what usual groups have to pay, bc. we will stay with families, religious and Catholic centers and eat simply (no restaurants, but plenty of home cooked food and ice cream), try to arrange cheapest possible transportation (lots of walking). Think: backpacking Europe style. This experience will go beyond tourist and organized pilgrimage groups, as we will be assisted by Catholic families, religious, clergy and Catholic youth that are Iwona's friends and are very active in local apostolic ministry, including helping homeless, disabled, youth evangelization, music, business, therapy, media etc.