Friday, March 20, 2009

At the Krakow Dawn

Today I received the preliminary itinerary for my first-ever tour of Poland. The April trip is to promote Dreszcz czystości, the Polish-language translation of my self-help book for grown-ups who missed the memo on abstinence, The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On.

I am terrifically excited at the prospect of seeing Poland for the first time, speaking there, and visiting the holy sites. As an added bonus, since my Polish publisher, W Drodze, is owned and operated by the Polish Dominican order, I will get to stay in historic Dominican priories. And how wonderful to be in Poland for Divine Mercy Sunday! Here is the tentative schedule:

April 16: Arrive in Warsaw in the evening, stay at Dominican priory in Sluzew (one of the newer priories, established 1934)

April 17: Appear on live national morning television show “Tea or Coffee”; give an interview to Warsaw Radio; speak at Warsaw's Master Academy of Love.

April 18: Speak to students of the "Soli Deo" club at University of Warsaw; meet book readers at the Warsaw Catholic Book fair.

April 19 (Divine Mercy Sunday): Speak at Dominican priory in Wroclaw (established 1226); speak to students from the Wroclaw University Catholic chaplaincy; stay at the St. Elisabeth sisters' priory.

April 20: Speak to students at Dominican priory in Kraków, the oldest Dominican house in Poland (established 1222).

April 21: Sightseeing in and around Kraków. Depending on time and transportation, I am hoping to visit Auschwitz and the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. Back to Warsaw in the evening, and return home the following day.

Many thanks to Niall Mor for suggesting the phenomenal headline.