“All our hope in Divine Mercy”
“God will not deny His mercy to anyone. Heaven and earth may change, but God’s mercy will never be exhausted.”
S. Faustina Kowalska
In Pliszczyn, on May 12-15, 2016, took place the last in this academic year retreat for the John Paul II Foundation’s fellowship recipients. Rev. Dr. Tadeusz Michałek, Sacred Heart Priests from Sosnowiec led the retreat. The leading theme of the retreat was mercy. We listened to very interesting and informative speeches about Divine Mercy, how to notice it in daily life, and how to show it to others. The retreat provided a great opportunity to better examine our conscience and prepare for the confession. During confession, we were able to tangibly feel this infinite and incomprehensible mercy of God, who does not want to condemn man but to accept him/her even with the greatest sins. Besides that, the retreat time was a time of reflection and prayers. There was daily Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayer, which is the prayer that Jesus gave us, revealing it to St. Faustina Kowalska. We listened to a few conferences during which anyone could speak, ask questions, to which the priest eagerly provided answers dispelling all our doubts. During group exercises, we were able to present and discuss our own visions of mercy.
The John Paul II Foundation’s Day
On Sunday, May 15th, 2016 in Pliszczyn took place another John Paul II Foundation’s Day, commemorating the birthday of the Founder and Patron. Let us recall that already for 26 years the John Paul II Foundation provides spiritual and material support to students from Central and Eastern Europe.
Every year in Pliszczyn fellowship recipients from all years, gather to spend time together on this festive day. This time, celebrations started in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church with a concert prepared by the early music ensemble “La Folia”. After the concert, a Mass in the intention of St. John Paul II, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, was celebrated by our dear priests – Rev. Jan and Rev. Franciszek. The Eucharist was led by Rev. Tadeusz Michałek, Sacred Heart Priests, who also delivered the homily. Some were able to get to know Rev. Tadeusz personally during the last two series of retreats in February and May which were dedicated to Divine Mercy. After the Mass, at the monastery gardens, snacks and refreshments were provided to all participants.
John Paul II Foundation
The John Paul II Foundation was established by a Papal Decree on October 16, 1981 as a religious, educational, charitable and non-profit organization. Its official seat is located at the Vatican. The Foundation owns a building in Rome at 1200 via Cassia where the secretarial offices are located. The main goals of the Foundation include:
Some specific activities include:
- The Center for Documentation and Research of the Pontificate of John Paul II serves to preserve the documents relating to John Paul II’s pontificate and to pass on this patrimony for future generations. The collected materials serve for leading scholarly researches, publishing studies and press articles, organizing symposia and exhibits. The Center's library has 30,000 volumes which are available to scholars researching the teachings of John Paul II.
- The Museum collection includes gifts offered to John Paul II by pilgrims. There are currently 10,000 items of memorabilia catalogued.
- Scholarships for students from Eastern Europe. The John Paul II Foundation prepares future intellectual leaders for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It does this through scholarship assistance given to students attending the Catholic University of Lublin in Poland. The Foundation covers all the costs of education, and provides scholarships to 138 students from 8 countries. The students reside in the John Paul II Foundation Home. Over 700 students have completed their courses of study, received their academic degrees, and returned home to work. Of these, three are full professors and 67 have their doctorates.
- Short-term scholarships for individuals who come to Rome to do research on the teachings of John Paul II.
- The Summer University of Polish Culture serves individuals who are interested in Polish culture and live outside of Poland. It is intended primarily for young people who for the most part do not speak Polish but wish to learn about Polish culture, its Christian roots, and its relation to the whole world. Lectures are conducted in Polish and English.
- John Paul II Foundation - Casa per Ferie in Rome serves all pilgrims. The Home is host to scholarly meetings, the Summer University, and religious and cultural gatherings that relate to pilgrimages to the Eternal City. The Home is a place where the pilgrim experiences the religious and cultural dimensions of his pilgrimage.
- „Bullarium Poloniae” edits and publishes the documents that relate to the relations of Poland with the Apostolic See beginning with 966;
- „Ethos” - published in cooperation with the Institute of John Paul II at the Catholic University of Lublin. The purpose of „Ethos” is to present information and learned articles on the teachings of John Paul II and in this way serve people and culture.
The continuing financial help and support of the John Paul II Foundation from around the world makes all of this work possible.
The John Paul II Foundation seeks to cooperate with organizations and institutions that are dedicated to the promotion and promulgation of the teachings of Pope John Paul II in their Christian outreach and in cooperation with the Apostolic See.
The supreme authority of the Foundation is governed by Cracow's Metropolitan Archbishop Most Rev. Card. Stanisław Dziwisz. The Chairman of the Administrative Council is Most Rev. Card. Stanisław Ryłko.
The Administrative Secretariat of the Foundation is led by Rev. Dr. Krzysztof Wieliczko. The Secretariat provides support with respect to the activities of The Center for Documentation and Research of the Pontificate of John Paul II, as well as other institutions of the Foundation, such as: John Paul II Foundation - Casa per Ferie (Director: Msgr. Mieczyslaw Niepsuj) and John Paul II Foundation Home in Lublin (Director: Rev. Jan Strzałka, SCJ).
The Center for Documentation and Research of the Pontificate of John Paul II is subdivided into the Documentation Division and the Research Division led by Rev. Dr. Andrzej Dobrzyński.
The Administrative Secretariat makes the Foundation present wherever possible and promotes the purposes of the Foundation. It also edits the quarterly Bulletin, which informs its readers about the work and activities of the Foundation.
The generous contributions of many benefactors from Poland and from all over the world make the work of the Foundation possible. Many of the benefactors are members in the Chapters and Societies of "Friends of the Foundation". There are 48 groups of Friends of the Foundation in 18 countries on four continents.
The Foundation is able to realize its goals and purposes thanks to the financial and moral support it receives from its Friends, who see in the Foundation's work a contribution to the great pontificate of John Paul II. The Holy Father emphasized the contributions and generosity of the Friends in his address to them at a private audience on October 26, 1995, when he said:
„The good work of the Foundation was made possible only through the good will of many people who individually and in an organized way through the Friends' Chapters of the Foundation in many countries helped this important endeavor. ... I thank you for what you are doing to help this valuable institution grow and I encourage you to continue your generosity in the future.”
HOW CAN YOU HELP THE FOUNDATION?
- Join or organize a Chapter of the Friends of the Foundation;
- Spread information about the Foundation and its work;
- Send your gifts to the Foundation;
- Remember the Foundation in your Last Will.
In the intentions of all Benefactors special prayers are offered daily in the Chapel of the Polish Home, especially on Thursday when special prayers are offered at the grave of the Servant of God, John Paul II.
Fondazione Giovanni Paolo II
Banca Prossima S.p.A.
POPE JOHN PAUL II FOUNDATION
Via di Porta Angelica 63
Tel. 39-06-3036-5181; 06-3031-0398
Access from Rome City Center: bus nr. 201 from Piazza Mancini, bus nr. 907 form Via Cipro; Train FM3 (to Viterbo, Cesano, Bracciano), to Station La Giustiniana (from Station 3 bus stops nr. 021, 201, 223; approximately a 10 minute walk).
From Grande Raccordo Anulare: follow exit 5 towards Cassia-Viterbo.
The Polish Pilgrim Home in Rome
CORDIAL GREETINGS AT OUR POLISH JOHN PAUL II HOME IN ROME!
HOUSE OF PILGRIMS
Polish Home of John Paul II at Via Cassia 1200 in Rome is a living witness of the long and rich pontificate of John Paul II. It is more than just a symbol. It could be easily said, that the idea of its establishment was born already at the moment when, from the Basilica of St. Peter, the words announcing to the world election of the Krakow’s Cardinal Karol Wojtyła as the Successor of Saint Peter was delivered. When on October 23, 1978, during the first audience for Poles, after the pontificate inauguration, the Holy Father said “don’t leave me here alone”, there were no doubts that pilgrimages to Rome will began at an increased scale. A pilgrim, however, needs a decent place to stay. Hence, an idea to give to the Holy Father a house. The response from Poles from around the world was prompt. Rapidly, committees in various countries, especially in the United States and Canada, were created and promptly they collected the required 2, 5 million dollars. A suitable house – located in a garden, with a green space and many parking lots – was found at Via Cassia 1200. Not in the center of a big city, but in the north-western part of Rome, with a 12 km distance from Vatican, built in sixties of the twentieth century for the need of the Congregation of dei Sacri Cuori e dell’Adorazione.
Keys to this Home were presented to the Holy Father on Saturday, November 7, 1981 during the special audience held in the Paul VI Hall. John Paul II said, then: “(…) somehow this was created in relation to my person, in connection to my election on the Holy See in Rome; hence, my deep gratitude and, at the same time, desire that it would very well serve in accordance with its designation. “ On the following day, the Holy Father came to the Polish Home to personally take it over and bless, by His presence to take an ownership. A plaque in the entrance hall commemorates this event. At the chapel, He made a speech to all who were present during that event. He did not use notes. He was acting as it was His residence at Franciszkańska 3, as it was His chapel. He made a speech as if He was talking to His closed ones, to those who you just say what lies on your heart. "I'm accepting this gift the way you are presenting this to me. I'm accepting it, so I could offer it to Polish pilgrims and Polish pilgrimages." (Rev. Mieczysław Maliński, "Rome's Chronicle", 1985 no. 35/36, p. 6-8). The Pope was saying then, that the Polish Home should serve "the pilgrimage of each man, and especially each Polish man, from Poland or from any part of the world" that it should be "a place where a pilgrim can stop, where he can stay, to which he is coming and from which he is leaving: strengthened, spiritually lifted, directed to a new hope." Since that time, thirty years has already passed. To each of these years we can relate words of Rev. Maliński. If we would like to describe the history of the Polish Home written by those years, it would have been interesting and voluminous. And it would have a common word HOME.
The Home of John Paul II continuously was trying and still is to meet the goals which the Home was given. It opens widely the doors for arriving pilgrims. It provides not only a roof and food for the body, but most of all it takes care of the spiritual aspect of the pilgrimage. At the chapel of the Polish Home, a Mass with a homily is celebrated daily. Confession is available and in the evening there is a Eucharistic Devotion and Song/Prayer to the Blessed Mother called Jasnogórski Apel. In our joint prayer, we remember our living and deceased Benefactors. Among them, on the first place is Saint John Paul II, about whom you can learn more from our reach collection at the Center for Documentation and Research of the Pontificate of John Paul II, and especially relics of His blood, which with honors are located in the chapel. At the Home, there is a Polish spirit, Polish atmosphere, Polish hospitality and kindness. At the Home everybody knows who is who. Everyone who works here knew what he was taking. You need to be everything to everybody. You need to directed to the dining room, reserve a car service, inform where is the closest bank or a post office, inform how to get to the centre of the city, help navigate through Rome, find a phone number, find lost address, bring a medicine for a cold or headache. To do all the requests with the smile of a sister, with the hand of a brother, with the understanding of a mother, with the wisdom of a father, to whom you can come with any matter not being afraid that weakness, lack of knowledge, ineptitude will be used in any way.
Efficient functioning of the Home requires continuous attention. During the past years, many expensive renovations were done to modernize the building and make it more suitable for the needs of the pilgrims. And still they are coming in a great number. They are coming in groups or individually. Recently, more often we have family groups or individual pilgrims. Annotations in our Memorable Book indicate that our Guests were very satisfied and are planning to come back.
We are cordially inviting to our Polish Home all who are planning to visit tombs of Apostles at the Eternal City, would like to meet with the Holy Father, and also pray at the Saint John Paul II altar at the Vatican's Basilica.
At the Home, there is a chapel where daily a Holy Mass is celebrated at 7:30 a.m. At 8:45 p.m. there is a Eucharistic Devotion (on Sundays - Vespers) along with the Apel Jasnogórski. Confession is also available.
At the chapel, relics of St. John Paul II are stored with honors.
To pilgrims and tourists we offer rooms for 1, 2, 3 and 4 people.
In total we have 100 rooms and half of them are with bathrooms.
The room prices are the following:
In each price, a tourist fee (for an individual 10 years old or above) of 3,50 euro per 24 hours is included. Children up to 4 years old stay for free, children between the ages of 4 - 7 years old may receive 50% discount.
Groups: for a group of 25 people, one person stays for free. For a group, we can also organize sightseeing of Vatican and Rome, trips outside of Rome, car service from and to airport.
For individual people, we are offer car service from both airports (Fiumicino and Ciampino):
1-3 people 30 euro
4-5 people 40 euro
6-8 people 60 euro
The need for a car service from/to airport needs to be requested at the time of the reservation.
Wi-Fi is available for free at the entire Polish Home.
Meals can be requested:
Breakfast - 3 euro (from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.)
Dinner-supper - 12 euro (from 7:15 p.m.)
For individuals who would like to prepare meals by themselves, there is a special kitchen on the 3rd floor with necessary amenities (dishes, gas stove, refrigerators).
PARKING AND GARDEN
We are providing free parking for individual cars and buses.
The Home is surrounded by a big garden. The green space and peace allows to rest after the all-day long sightseeing.
CENTER FOR DOCUMENTATION AND RESEARCH OF THE PONTIFICATE OF JOHN PAUL II
At the Polish Home you can view personal items which John Paul II used as well as may gifts that the Pope received during His pontificate. The Center for Documentation and Research of the Pontificate of John Paul II takes care of this rich collection (www.jp2doc.org). The main goal of the Center is documentation and research of the Pope John Paul II pontificate.
OUR LOCATION (How to get to us?)
The Polish Home is located in the north-western part of Rome, in a 12 km distance from Vatican.
Commute from the Center of Rome:
- bus no. 201 from Piazza Mancini;
- bus no. 907 from Via Cipro;
- train FM3 (going to Viterbo, Cesano or Bracciano), exit on the La Giustiniana station. Once you leave the station go to your right. From the station to the Home you can also get by bus no. 021, 201, 223 (total 3 stops) or it will take 10 min by foot.
Arrival by car from Grande Racordo Annulare (GRA, Ring):
- Exit (uscita) no. 5 in the direction to Cassia – Viterbo
By the gate of the Polish Home of John Paul II there is a white-red flag.
CALENDAR OF THE AUDIENCES WITH THE POPE, AND LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS
To reserve a room please contact us via phone or by email:
Polish Home of John Paul II
Phone (0039) 06 30365181, (0039) 06 30310398
Fax: (0039) 06
Reservation Office is open during the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.;
Fondazione Giovanni Paolo II,
In the title, please provide the reservation date and the name on which the reservation was made.