July 31, 2016

This whole trip has been a pilgrimage leading up to the events of World Youth Day and more specifically the events with the Pope. Seeing all the important places and churches that were important to JPII was so special. Those of you that have travelled to Europe know th...

July 31, 2016

Blessed are the merciful.

Poland, specifically Krakow, is the land of Divine Mercy. It is the city whereinwhich Saint Faustina visited with Jesus face-to-face and he gave her his message of unending mercy. Through those visits we have a diary written by her with the acc...

July 31, 2016

Wednesday was a great day. It was also surprisingly restful for Suzanne and me. After our first morning of catechists and Mass (given and celebrated by Archbishop Kurtz (President of the USCCB) we made our way to the Tauron Arena on the other side of the city. The aren...

July 26, 2016

World Youth Day 2016 has officially begun! So what has today included? Well our bus this morning was late, it started pouring down rain while we were waiting for Mass, and as of this writing (11:07 pm) we are waiting for the bus to go back to the hotel after a  long jo...

July 26, 2016

We are a little behind on the blog posts but they are keeping us busy. Monday was our last day of touring before beginning World Youth Day events. We left our hotel and finally headed into Krakow. On our walk to Wawel Hill, we saw two of the appartments where Fr. Karol...

July 24, 2016

pilgrims from around the world

In the few minutes I had before Mass, I briefly stepped into an upstairs hall - large tapestries hung from the ceiling, each one commemorating visits Pope John Paul II had made to Marian shrines or sites.  When I turned around, I ran into...

July 24, 2016

Jesus told Sr. Faustina to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as much as possible.  She would pray it for any need, no matter how small, because it demonstrated how much she trusted Jesus and relied on His merciful love.  The more we trust Jesus, the more He can do in ou...

July 23, 2016

I think this is Day 4 of our Pilgrimage officially.  With over a day a day of travel under our belt, we have visited the Tatra Mountains (separates Poland from Slovakia) in the beautiful mountain city of Zakopane where St. John Paul II would retreat to ski, hike, and b...

July 22, 2016

As we were leaving on Wednesday I was grateful for the quick yet jolting reminder that I was entering into a pilgrimage. World Youth Day isn't so much a vacation as it is a pilgrimage, a trip that is done with specific purpose, in this case detaching from all those thi...

July 18, 2016

Greetings everyone! Whether you are a fellow young adult, a supporter of our world youth day trip, family, friends, or just a curios observer, thank you! Thank you for reading our World Youth Day blog and for all your prayers. All of us look forward to telling you abou...

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