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John Paul II in his Polish Context

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Pope John Paul II

Photo by Jonathan Ottenfeld

This course is now accepting applications for the Summer 2014 term. 

Course: THEO 360 (3 credits) or PHIL 390 (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Introductory Theology and Philosophy course
Instructors: Kenneth W. Kemp, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Paul J. Wojda, Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas
Dates: May 26 - June 23, 2014 (subject to change)
Locations:  Lublin, Majdanek, Zamość, Kozłówka, Cracow, Wadowice, Częstochowa and Warsaw, Poland
Price:  $5,000 (tentative)

Program description

John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła) was the first Slavic Pope in the history of the Catholic Church and the first non-Italian to occupy that office in more than 450 years. His long pontificate (1978-2005) witnessed profound changes within the Catholic Church, global Christianity, and world affairs (e.g., the collapse of the Soviet Union), in all of which this son of Poland played an important, if not decisive, role.

This course will examine the origins, development, and legacy of Wojtyła's thought in the context of the history, culture, and politics of his native Poland. Students will attend lectures at the Catholic University of Lublin (where Wojtyła taught), delivered by that university's faculty (in some cases, people who knew & worked with Wojtyła). In addition to visits to sites in and around Lublin, there will be excursions to Cracow (where John Paul II served as Archbishop), Częstochowa, and Wadowice (his birthplace).

What is included

  • Study abroad fee, in lieu of tuition
  • Roundtrip airfare from Minneapolis
  • Transportation in Poland
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals (approximately 2 meals per day will be covered)
  • Entrance fees 
  • International medical insurance with trip delay coverage

What is not included

  • Transportation to/from Minneapolis
  • Passport and baggage fees
  • Admissions to optional sites
  • Meals (when not included)

How to apply

Step 1: Complete the paperwork for non-University of St. Thomas students.
Return your completed paperwork to Lauren Viner at the University of St. Thomas
By Mail:
  Lauren Viner, University of St. Thomas 2115 Summit Ave., Mail 44C, St. Paul, MN 55105-1096
By Email:

Step 2: Once Lauren receives your paperwork, she will send you a St. Thomas ID and instructions to complete the online application.

Step 3: Submit your online application and $500 application deposit by March 1, 2014 to: 
Lauren Viner, University of St. Thomas 2115 Summit Ave., Mail 44C, St. Paul, MN 55105-1096
Make checks payable to St. Thomas University

Step 4: Pay your remaining balance by June 2014 (exact date to be determined)