I don’t know what to think/feel about this. What’s your thoughts?
My dad Deacon Thaddeus Horbowy’s image showed up on this carving of Saint Maximian Kolbe that’s signed by Franciszek Gajowniczek, the man St Kolbe died for in Auschwitz.
For those who don’t know: St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe OFM was canonized just after I was born in 1982 by St. Pope John Paul II. He is declared a Martyr of charity and the patron saint of multimedia journalists, drug addicts, prisoners, families, and the pro-life movement….
I work in media as a calling. My dad works in prison ministry as a calling. My mom works with addicts as a calling.
I have a story to tell; my grandfather escaped a Nazi death camp (that’s a story for another day), my dad defected communist occupied Poland, and we brought Mr. Gajowniczek to Houston shortly before he passed away. Believe me when I say “I have a mission… it’s to advocate liberty and religious freedom.”
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I present to you… #TedTheGreat … my dad
An invite from my dad
Pilgrimage to Poland
“My name is Rev. Mr. Thaddeus “Ted” Horbowy and I invite you to a very special pilgrimage to Poland. I am uniquely qualified to offer this spiritual journey having defected communist occupied Poland as a seminarian 1976 in search for religious liberty. Now Poland is free with the American army there. My fellow seminarians are all currently Priest, Professors, and Bishops who are active in the places we will visit. We will travel together in the footsteps of the Three Polish Saints of Global Influence: St. John Paul II, St. Faustina, St. Maximilian M. Kolbe.
Respectfully and kindly,
Deacon Ted, M.Div.
Deacon Ted Horbowy defected from Communist Poland as a Roman Catholic seminarian to Rome, Italy. On June 22,1976 he legally immigrated to the USA as a political refugee. He earned his Master’s of Divinity Degree in Orchard Lake, Michigan, served in the US Army, was ordained as Roman Catholic deacon in January 26, 1991, worked as a chaplain for Port of Houston, Ben Taub County Hospital, Texas Department of Criminal Justice-ID including death row, and is now a retired chaplain from the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, FCI/FDC Tallahassee. He is married to Nancy and together they have one son, Benjamin.
Travel with Rev. Mr. Thaddeus Horbowy and his wife, Nancy
Dates: August 10-20, 2019
- Swinice Warckie
- Zdunska Wola
- City of Immaculata: Niepokalanowf
Three Polish Saints of Global Influence:
ST. JOHN PAUL II
“Those who say ‘Jesus I trust in you’ will find comfort in all their anxieties and fears” (Shrine of Divine Mercy, 06-07-97).
ST. MAXIMILIAN M. KOLBE
When arrested by SS Gestapo in 1941, he looked at the cross and said to his friars, “Do not forget Love”.
ST. FAUSTINA KOWALSKA
“The greater the sinner, the greater the right to My mercy” (Diary 723).
Our journey begins when we depart the USA on an overnight international flight to Berlin, Germany.
BERLIN, GERMANY – ŚWIEBODZIN, POLAND. arrival in Berlin we meet our guide and embark our bus for a driving tour through Berlin to the Brandenburg Gate with a stop at a section of the Berlin Wall, a stark testimony to the once divided city. Travel to Swiebodzin, Poland celebrating Mass and visiting the 172 ft tall Christ the King of the Universe statue, the tallest statue of Jesus in the World. Dinner and overnight in Swiebodzin.
OBRA – WOLSZTYN – POZNAŃ. We begin a peaceful day visiting the historic Oblate Monastery in the village of Obra and celebrate Mass. After lunch we tour the Museum of Marcin Rozek, the famous Polish artist who sculpted the Sacred Heart of Jesus monument in Poznan. For being Polish, which was a crime at the time, he was arrested by SS Gestapo and for refusing to paint portrait of Adolf Hitler he was sent to Auschwitz and executed in 1944. Dinner and overnight in Poznan, one of the oldest cities in Poland.
POZNAN. We enjoy a relaxing day exploring Poznan visiting Ostrow Tumski, Cathedral Island. Stroll through Stary Rynek-the Old Town Square for lunch and shopping. We’ll visit the former Jesuit College and the King’s Castle. Dinner and overnight in Poznan.
SWINICE WARCKIE – ZDUNSKA WOLA – WARSAW – NIEPOKALANOW We depart to Swinice Warckie where Sister Faustina Kowalska first saw Jesus in the church she was baptized and received her First Communion. We celebrate Mass and then to Zdunska Wola where Saint Maximilian Kolbe was born and on to the City of the Immaculate Mother of God, Niepokalanow Monastery, founded in 1927 by Friar Maximilian M. Kolbe, who was canonized in 1982. Fr. Kolbe was sent to Auschwitz for sheltering 2,000 Jews during WWII. When Nazi guards selected 10 prisoners to starve to death in punishment, Fr. Kolbe volunteered to die for Francis Gajowniczek a family man who is buried at this monastery. Our escort, Deacon Ted Horbowy, will share his personal encounter with Mr. Gajowniczek whom he met as a seminarian while in the military in Brzeg during Communist persecution and atrocities. Celebrate Mass in St. Kolbe’s Chapel. Dinner and on to Warsaw for overnight.
WARSAW. A historical adventure through the city to the Holy Cross Church where Chopin’s heart is kept in an urn in his beloved city; the sixteenth-century Barbican fortress that protected the city; St. John’s Archcathedral, one of Poland’s national pantheons and the Church of the Visitation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, consecrated in 1411 with a relaxing evening in the Old Market Square. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
CZESTOCHOWA – KRAKOW. Experience the legendary and miraculous Black Madonna painting in the Pauline Monastery of Jasna Gora where millions of pilgrims come from around the world to pray. Then to Krakow a city of legends and traditions for a walking tour of the Old Town including the impressive Wawel Hill with the Coronation Cathedral from where Polish kings ruled for 4 centuries. On to the Divine Mercy Sanctuary, “the capital of the Divine Mercy devotion” for Mass and prayers with the miraculous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of Sister Faustina. Visit St. Mary’s Basilica where the famous trumpeter sounds from her tower every hour. Enjoy a leisurely evening in the Market Square or take an optional tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the world’s oldest Salt Mines with its four chapels carved in salt by the miners. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
AUSCHWITZ – WADOWICE. Tour Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest German Nazi Concentration and Death Camp located in Poland where St. Maximilian Kolbe died as a martyr of charity. Visit Saint John Paul II birthplace and the Minor Basilica he attended in his youth in Wadowice and celebrate Mass. Taste the famous Kremowki – creme cakes before going to the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska sanctuary frequented by Saint John Paul II. Travel to Wroclaw for overnight.
WROCLAW. Our exciting tour comes to a conclusion with Mass in the morning, a visit to the city’s huge astronomical clock and the Raclawice Panorama, the famous painting depicting the 1794 battle for independence with General Thaddeus Kosciuszko who took part in the American Revolutionary War in 1776. Free time for shopping and an optional concert. Dinner and overnight
WROCLAW – USA. Breakfast and departure back to USA.
You will be escorted by Deacon Ted Horbowy the BEST host for spiritually enriching tours to Poland. He will accompany you every day giving you a uniquely spiritual presentation of Poland in the FOOTSTEPS OF THREE POLISH SAINTS of global influence. Join Ted for an exceptionally memorable spiritual opportunity.
I’m the only son of two ministers.
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Sir Knight Benjamin Alexander Thaddeus John Horbowy