Poland Pilgrimage

with Noelle Mering and Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR ’89


As you make your way to Poland, Land of Kings, Saints, and Divine Mercy! Walk in the footsteps of Saint John Paul II – from where he was born, baptized, where he became a Priest – Bishop – Cardinal, and where he spent his time visiting as Pope. Take in the Shrine of Divine Mercy (in Lagiewniki) and be drawn closer to the life of St. Faustina and her Divine Mercy message. One of the most obvious works of mercy, and perhaps the most difficult to put into practice, is to forgive others. This pilgrimage will teach you, and allow you, to be able to forgive.


Itinerary for Poland Pilgrimage

Subject to change

Saturday, June 7

Day 1

  • Depart for Warsaw

Sunday, June 8

Day 2

  • Mass
  • Explore Warsaw

Monday, June 9

Day 3

  • Mass at St. James Church
  • Tour Warsaw
  • Stanislaw Kostka Church

Tuesday, June 10

Day 4

  • Niepokalanow - Franciscan Monastery
  • Swinice Warkie - Church of St. Casmir
  • Czestochowa

Wednesday, June 11

Day 5

  • Jasna Gora Monastery - Chapel of the Black Madona
  • Wadowice - birthplace of Karol Wojtyla
  • Krakow

Thursday, June 12

Day 6

  • Zakopane - cable car
  • Jaszczorowka Chapel
  • Krakow

Friday, June 13

Day 7

  • Krakow's Market Square
  • Wawel Hill - Cathedral and Coronation Chapel
  • Auschwitz

Saturday, June 14

Day 8

  • Shrine of Divine Mercy
  • Wieliczka - Europe's oldest salt mine

Sunday, June 15

Day 9

  • Depart from Krakow
Franciscan Univeristy has partnered with 206 Tours to journey with you on this pilgrimage.

Noelle Mering

Noelle Mering is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center where she co-directs EPPC’s Theology of Home Project. She is the author of the book Awake, Not Woke: A Christian Response to the Cult of Progressive Ideology and co-author of the Theology of Home book series. She is an editor for the online women’s magazine TheologyofHome.com. She writes on culture, politics, and religion and has published in Daily Wire, National Review, Newsweek, The Federalist, The Washington Examiner, Catholic World Report, and National Catholic Register. She has been featured several times on Fox News, EWTN, and various other platforms. Noelle is a wife and mother of six children in Southern California.

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR ’89

Spiritual Leader

A solemnly professed member of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Province of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance, Father Dave Pivonka, TOR ’89, was ordained to the priesthood in 1996, and in May 2019, was elected president of Franciscan University of Steubenville. The first Franciscan University alumnus to assume the school’s top pastoral leadership role, Father Pivonka has also served for more than thirty years as a spiritual director, retreat leader, and formation director. As director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic outreach of his Franciscan, TOR, community, and in association with 4PM Media, he hosted and produced The Wild Goose video series on developing a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit, a documentary on St. Francis of Assisi titled Sign of Contradiction, and Metanoia, a 2019 video series on conversion.


Our lives can become very busy. That busyness can overwhelm us, and often times, we need to intentionally set aside time to quiet our hearts and turn our attention to God.

On a Catholic pilgrimage, you will not only experience a silence and atmosphere helpful for prayer, but you will travel in community, guided by spiritual leaders and supported by fellow pilgrims.

We invite you to join the Franciscan University community as we embark on a pilgrimage of faith!