I am very happy to tell you all, but especially those of you of Polish nationality or extraction, that I will be giving four lectures at a retreat for women in the Redemptorist retreat house in Kraków, Poland this spring. Behold.
The lectures will be in English and simultaneously translated into Polish by a translator, although I think I will try very hard to write at least part of one of them in Polish, and the translator can switch to English if there are any ladies there who don't speak Polish. The last time I participated in the Redemptorists' ladies' retreat, there was one brave American girl who is fluent in French and hopped over from France. She had a very nice time, I believe, in part because Polish women are very nice and have usually studied English, and at least one lady there was very good in French, and there was a Polish-Canadian girl about her age, and they looked at the sights of Kraków together.
Now one of the exciting things about Kraków, especially this spring, is that Blessed John Paul II lived there for a long time and was its archbishop. There is no big city in Poland that loves błogosławiony Jan Paweł Drugi the way Kraków does. So you can imagine the party that will erupt on Sunday April 27, when he is canonized in Rome. And the retreat is, conveniently, from May 2 to the afternoon of May 4. Thus, it may be well worth your while, if you have ever been tempted by thoughts of visiting Poland, to come to Kraków for a week.
The catch is that you would have to think about hotels before the actual retreat (when you could pay the very reasonable fee to stay at the retreat house) now, as the town will be likely to be packed with visiting Poles (as will be Rome). The other catch is that, except for my four lectures, the rest of the retreat will be in Polish. Polish masses, Polish other lectures, Polish-speaking meals, unless you sit next to me or other English-speakers. But, as I said, the Polish ladies will speak English: most of them will just be shy about it, as you are when you are called upon to speak French or Spanish, or whatever. But Poles do seem to like visiting Western female tourists, especially if they are well-behaved, so if you learn a few phrases, you would be likely to have a very good time indeed.
I shall provide you with more information, and the sign-up link, as I get it. Meanwhile, the subject of the conference is the Dignity of Women, so what should I lecture about? The priest leading the retreat wants to know the titles of my talks, so I thought I would ask you. I am especially asking the Polish readers for their opinion, because I will have to fit my lectures into a Polish context. Serdecznie dziękuję!