Krakow: Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016

Franciscan University of Steubenville will be leading a pilgrimage to World Youth Day 


With Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, as our spiritual director (read his letter below!), we are planning a pilgrimage to Would Youth Day 2016, in Krakow, Poland, the city that Blessed John Paul II called home before being elected to the papacy! 

Our maximum number is 150 pilgrims, which includes adult chaperones (one chaperon required for every 8 students), so we are taking registrations for priority numbers that we will use to register groups.

There is no deposit necessary to get a priority number, just fill out this form and we will let you know when more details are available early in 2014. You and your group will then have a few weeks to get final numbers and deposits to us, at which point we will register groups according to these priority numbers, up to the 150-pilgrim threshold. Any groups that do not fit under that number will be placed on a waiting list according to priority number.

We are working on approximately two full weeks of life-changing stops before and after the World Youth Day festivities, which are set to take place at the end of July 2016.

Talk to your pastor and your group and register for a priority number ASAP. If you have further questions, contact Kelli Beatty in the Pilgrimages Office at kbeatty@franciscan.edu or at 1-800-437-8368.



A letter from Father David Pivonka, TOR

Peace and Blessings,

It is still over two years away and I am already getting excited. Franciscan University of Steubenville is pleased to announce initial plans for a World Youth Day 2016 Pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland. In case you haven’t heard yet, Krakow has been chosen as the site for the next WYD. How magnificent is that? What a blessing to have World Youth Day in the native land of Pope John Paul II, the founder of WYD. What an incredible opportunity it will be!

I would like to invite you to join Franciscan University for WYD 2016. We will begin our pilgrimage in Austria, one of the most beautiful countries in all of Europe. Some of our stops include Royal city of Vienna, the charming village of Salzburg, and historic Munich. We will then join about a million of our closest Catholic friends in Krakow, Poland. While in Krakow, we will participate in all WYD activities among which will be a visit to the Divine Mercy Shrine as well as Wadowice, the birthplace of Blessed John Paul II.

We will also visit Auschwitz, simply one of the most powerfully moving places you will ever visit. And no visit to Poland would be complete without a visit to our Mother. We will spend time in Czestochowa and bask in the graces present from the prayers of the black Madonna.

Please prayerfully consider joining Franciscan University for the opportunity of a lifetime.

There is no doubt that you, your youth group, young adult group, or faith community will be richly blessed.

Know of my continued prayers for you,
Sincerely in Christ,
Father David Pivonka, TOR

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