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Under this motto, a retreat for members and volunteers of the Faustinum Association will be held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki from September 30 to October 2. It will be delivered by Fr. Paweł Bryś, M.S., a retreat giver and CEO of the La Salette publishing company, and Sr. Maria Faustyna Ciborowska from the Krakow convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, a Bible scholar with a PhD from the John Paul II University in Krakow. The theme of this spiritual exercise was inspired by Jesus’ words spoken to St. Faustina: “Meditate on the Prophet Jonas and his mission” (Diary, 331) and her reflections following them.

On 1-2 October, before the feast of St. Faustina, Sr. Wincenta Mąka from the Roman community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will meet with the faithful at the parish of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Malignano, Marche district, to share awareness of the Apostle of Divine Mercy, her mission and spiritual legacy. The meeting agenda includes a prayerful commune, the Hour of Mercy prayer and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, in addition to the honoring of St. Faustina’s relics.

On October 2 (Sunday) at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock at the Old Market Square, another formative meeting of the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles Association community will be held, the topic of which will be God’s mercy in the Bible and the Diary of Sister Faustina. It will begin at 2:15 p.m. with communal adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to be continued with prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by a conference and Holy Mass at 5 p.m. The meetings are hosted by Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and priests.

On September 30, at 6.30 am, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Holy Mass will be celebrated at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina in the intentions of IT specialists, donors, translators and other individuals contributing to www.saint-faustina.org. The Eucharist is an expression of gratitude from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy for bringing the message of the merciful love of God towards man to the world together. Let it bring great glory to the Divine Mercy in human souls.

On September 28, we will be celebrating the anniversary of the beatification of Fr. Michael Sopocko. At 3 pm on squares, corners and intersections of the streets in crowded cities, as well as in other public places and at rural crossroads, people will gather to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  The participants will pray for mercy for themselves, their loved ones, their homeland, the Church and the world. Everyone can join. The event is held to remind us about the message of God’s mercy that Jesus gave to St. Faustina. Just find a place at an intersection and recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, individually or in a group. If this is impossible – you can connect spiritually. More:  www.iskra.jezuici.pl.

On September 22-25 this year, the Fourth Congress of Consecrated Young People will be held at the Shrine of Our Lady in Licheń Stary, with the participation of Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The motto of this meeting, which has a prayerful and formative purpose, are the words from the Book of Isaiah: Arise; shine. The event will include Holy Mass and Liturgy of the Hours, testimonies, sharing the experience of consecrated and apostolic life, and conferences to be delivered by Bishop Jacek Kiciński CMF, chairman of the Commission for Consecrated Life and Apostolic Societies of the Polish Episcopal Conference, Father Michał Nowak OFMConv, Father Krzysztof Pałys OP, Franciszek Kucharczyk and Father Marek Chmielniak SAC.

On 23-25 September, a vocational retreat for young women will take place in the Discalced Carmelites’ monastery in Lorinčík near Košice in the south of Slovakia. The theme will be: The heart of a woman. The retreat will be provided by the Carmelite Fathers and Sr. Benediktína Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.

Such is the title of the 16th episode of our short film clip series about the Message of Mercy from Jesus, based on the Diary of Sister Faustina. Every episode contains a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. In this episode, Jesus is saying: “Mankind shall not find peace and contentment until it turns with trust unto My mercy” (Diary, 300). Saint Faustina responds. “I truly want all souls to turn trustfully unto Your infinite mercy. No-one can be justified in Your eyes unless he is attended by Your infinite mercy” (Diary, 1122).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ISMM. This message reveals God’s merciful love and calls us to respond to it with an attitude of trust in God, that is, by doing His will, and by doing good to others through deeds, words and prayer. The narrators are Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, and the music was written by the Krakow composed and musician, Paweł Bębenek. The one-minute film clips with beautiful outdoor scenes are produced by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in cooperation with TVP. You can watch them all on you YouTube channel: Faustina.pl.

On September 22, at St. Joachim’s Cathedral in Rome (Prati district), another meeting of the community of the Faustinum Apostles of Divine Mercy Association will be held, under this year’s theme: “The Mission of Mercy”. The topic of the first meeting, which will be hosted by Sisters from the Roman community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, will be “Saint Faustina and her spiritual heritage”. The meeting agenda includes Holy Mass and communal Adoration of the Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

The Sisters from the community of our Congregation in Washington DC organize the next “Evening with Merciful Jesus” on September 22nd, 2022 at 7 p.m. This month they start a miniseries entitled “Created to love” on the St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body with Dr. John Grabowski.

Dr. Grabowski from has published widely in the areas of moral theology, marriage, sexuality, and bioethics. Dr. Grabowski has lectured and presented at conferences across the United States. He and his wife Claire are regular guests on Greg and Lisa Popcak’s radio show “More 2 Life” on EWTN.

The miniseries will have 3 parts in 3 consecutive months, starting in September. This month’s first part will lead us into the fundamental theme of “The body as a gift”. Next month we will continue with the gift of sexual difference in God’s plan and will end in the third part with ideas on how to minister and accompany persons who struggle with their identity.

 You can join this event online at: www.jp2shrine.org/youtube.

 

On September 18th at 3 pm, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Holy Mass celebrated under the presidency of Fr. Canon Henryk Betlej will begin the celebration of the centenary of St. Faustina’s stay in Łódź and the 5th anniversary of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy’s ministry at Krośnieńska street, in the house where the Apostle of Divine Mercy lived. On this day, an exhibition entitled Krośnieńska 9, dedicated to St. Faustina, the patron saint of Łódź, will be opened. The program of jubilee celebrations at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy includes a series of monthly meetings with prayer, interesting conferences, cultural events and a tour along the trail of the Patroness of Łódź until February 2023. Services in the following months will be celebrated by Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, the Metropolitan of Łódź, Archbishop Władysław Ziółek, Bishop Marek Marczak, and Bishop Ireneusz Pękalski. The event will be held under the honorary patronage of Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, the Metropolitan of Łódź, and Mother Miriam Janiec, Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

Such is the title of the 15th episode of our short film clip series about the Message of Mercy from Jesus, based on the Diary of Sister Faustina. Every episode contains a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. In this episode, Jesus is saying: “Let My mercy work in you, in your poor soul; let the rays of grace into your soul, they will bring light, warmth, and life”  (Diary, 1486). Saint Faustina responds. “I seek no happiness except in my interior, in which God abides. I rejoice in God within me. Here I dwell constantly with Him; here I am at my most intimate with Him” (Diary, 454).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ISMM. This message reveals God’s merciful love and calls us to respond to it with an attitude of trust in God, that is, by doing His will, and by doing good to others through deeds, words and prayer. The narrators are Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, and the music was written by the Krakow composed and musician, Paweł Bębenek. The one-minute film clips with beautiful outdoor scenes are produced by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in cooperation with TVP. You can watch them all on you YouTube channel: Faustina.pl.

On 13 and 14 of September, we will be celebraring the 87th anniversary of the revelation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Jesus taught humanity two prayers: Modlitwy Pańskiej, when the Apostles asked Him for it, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which He dictated to St. Faustina in Polish, in the Vilnius convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1935. As she noted in her Diary: In the evening when I was in my cell, I saw an Angel, the executor of divine wrath. He was clothed in a dazing robe, his face gloriously bright, a cloud beneath his feet. From the cloud, bolts of thunder and flashes of lightning were springing into his hands; and from his hand they were going forth, and only then were they striking the earth. When I saw this sign of divine wrath which was about to strike the earth, and in particular a certain place, which for good reasons I cannot name, I began to implore the Angel to hold off for a few moments, and the world would do penance. But my plea was a mere nothing in the face of divine anger. Just then I saw the Most Holy Trinity. The greatness of Its majesty pierced me deeply and I did not dare to repeat my entrietaties. At that very moment I felt in my soul the power of Jesus’ grace which dwells in my soul. When I became conscious of this grace, I was instantly snatched up before the Throne of God. Oh, how great is our Lord and God and how incomprehensible His holiness! I will make no attempt to describe this greatness, because before long we shall all see Him as He is. I found myself pleading  with God for the world with words heard interiorly.

As I was praying in this manner, I saw the Angel’s helplessness: he could not carry out the just punishment,which was rightly due for sins. Never before had I prayed with such inner power as I did then.

The words with which I entreated God are these: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ for our sins, and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us.

The next morning, when I enered chapel, heard these words interiorly: Every time you enter the chapel, immediately recite the prayer which I taught you yesterday. When had said the prayer, in my soul I heard these words: This prayer will will serve to appease My wrath. You will recite it for nine days, on the beads of the rosary, in the folllowing manner: First of all, you will say one OUR FATHER and HAIL MARY and the I BELIEVE IN GOD. Then on the following words: 'Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and on the whole world.” In conclusion, three times you will recite these words: „Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and thw whole world”  (Diary, 474-476).

In consequent revelations, the Lord Jesus associated many great promises with this prayer, on the condition it is recited in the spirit of trust in Him and mercy towards one’s neighbors. The general promise states that trustful recitation of the Chaplet can help a person acquire anything which is compliant with the will of God. Moreover, He provided us with additional promises, which apply to the joyful grace and the grace of serene death, without fear and apprehension. They can be obtaied not only by thise who pray the Chaplet trustfully, but also by the dying at whose side the prayer is said in a proper manner.

Today, apart from the call Jesus, I trust in You!, it is the best known prayer to Divine Mercy, recited on all continents and languages, even in those of small tribes. More information on the Chaplet and its story can be found here.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a special gift from God for our times, because it was dictated by Jesus Himself and has great promises attached to its trustful recitation. It is now the best known and widely practiced prayer to Divine Mercy. Its words are recited not only by Roman Catholics, but also by Greek Catholics, Maronites, Orthodox Christians, Protestants, Anglicans and people of other faiths, who experience its extraordinary effectiveness in obtaining graces and temporal benefits.

As a result, various initiatives and works of mercy have sprung up around this prayer. The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy maintains the Perpetual Chaplet and the Chaplet for the Dying projects, and produces television and radio broadcasts in Poland, Rome and Slovakia.

At the Shrine of Divine Mercy, this prayer is recited every day by the Sisters and pilgrims. Communion is always practiced after a short prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm). This service (Hour of Mercy and Chaplet) is broadcast by several TV stations, including TVP 3 national, TVP 1 (Saturdays and Sundays), TVP Vilnius, 12 radio stations, online at www.faustyna.pl in 8 languages, in our mobile Faustyna.pl app and our YouTube channel of the same name.  Thanks to this connectivity, every day and at the same time, more than a million people are crying out to God with one voice, asking for His mercy for us and the whole world, and for the necessary graces for the Holy Church, our homeland, Europe and the world.

On September 14th, faithful across Australia and Oceania will join in prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 pm. The action is the fruit of the Congress of Divine Mercy held in Melbourne in 2018 and involves joining in prayer twice a year: on May 18, which is the anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II, and on September 14—the anniversary of the revelation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Also Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy have joined in this prayerful action. More information and how to join: www.worldchaplet.org

On September 9-11, an annual retreat for venerators of Divine Mercy will be held at the Center of Divine Mercy in Smižany, Slovakia. It will be delivered by Fr. Artur Ciepielski and Sr. M. Antoniana Štullerová from the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.

This Saturday, September 10th, from 12.00 pm midday to 2 p.m., the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock at the Old Market Square will host another meeting with refugees from Ukraine. The event will be delivered by Sr. Leonia from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, who served for many years in  in Ukraine’s Tavriisk, Sr. Majela, and the Sisters from the Płock convent. The main theme of the meeting will be to talk about the merciful love of Jesus, to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and to praise God with singing. The program also includes a discussion and a shared Agape.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has received over 200 refugees from Ukraine, and over 30 children are attending the Congregation’s kindergarten in Derdy near Warsaw. The Sisters from the Łagiewniki Shrine served in the “Mercy” tent on the Polish-Ukrainian border in Hrebenne. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, we have constantly prayed for justice and peace in this country, joined by online users from many countries of the world as part of the Perpetual Chaplet at www.faustyna.pl and its 7 language versions.

Such is the title of the 14th episode of our short film clip series about the Message of Mercy from Jesus, based on the Diary of Sister Faustina. Every episode contains a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. In this episode, Jesus is saying: “May your heart be full of joy. I, the Lord, am with you, do not be afraid of anything”  (Diary, 1133). Saint Faustina responds. “O, how happy I am to be a dwelling for You, O Lord; my soul is Your temple, in which You are ever present” (Diary, 1392).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ISMM. This message reveals God’s merciful love and calls us to respond to it with an attitude of trust in God, that is, by doing His will, and by doing good to others through deeds, words and prayer. The narrators are Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, and the music was written by the Krakow composed and musician, Paweł Bębenek. The one-minute film clips with beautiful outdoor scenes are produced by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in cooperation with TVP. You can watch them all on you YouTube channel: Faustina.pl.

On September 10, (Saturday), the 20th National Railway Workers’ Pilgrimage will arrive at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. It will start at 10 AM with the devotion Way of the Cross. At noon, the central moment of the pilgrimage will take place: Holy Mass presided over by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, Metropolitan of Krakow. The pilgrims will also visit the chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, to whom they will entrust their personal intentions. The pilgrimage will end with prayer at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

On September 8, as on every eighth day of the month, the community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk, Częstochowa, Kalisz and Kiekrz will support married couples praying for offspring. 894 of them are already expecting children, with many more already enjoying parenthood. Intentions asking for prayer for this purpose (names of married couples) can be sent by email at: www.modlitwaopotomstwo.pl.

The community of people praying for children led by Fr. Andrzej Wiecki and sisters of the Gdańsk community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy cordially invite married couples trying to conceive to Adoration of Merciful Jesus with a prayer for healing, which will take place on 8 September at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.facebook.com/modlitwaopotomstwo 

On September 3-4, at the Church of St. Faustina at Plac Niepodległości in Lodz, the 2nd Saint Faustina Congress will take place. This time, it will be themed Apostles of Mercy. Among those who have announced their participation are Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, Metropolitan of Lodz, Archbishop Władysław Ziółek, Bishop Henryk Ciereszko, priests, Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and Merciful Jesus, and lay apostles of Divine Mercy. Panel discussions preceded by short speeches by panelists will focus on witnessing mercy through deeds, words and prayer. The last panel will feature Sister Maria Faustyna Ciborowska of the Krakow convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.  On Sunday, during Holy Mass, testimonies will be offered by apostles of Divine Mercy. The Congress will conclude with a service celebrated under the presidency of Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś. Representatives of parishes of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina, as well as persons to whose hearts the Apostle of Divine Mercy is close to, have been invited to participate. Patrons of the event are Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, the Metropolitan bishop of Lodz and M. Miriam Janies, ISMM, Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

Such is the title of the 13th episode of our short film clip series about the Message of Mercy from Jesus, based on the Diary of Sister Faustina. Every episode contains a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. In this episode, Jesus is saying: “Behold, for you I have established a throne of mercy on earth, the Tabernacle – and from this throne I desire to enter into your heart. I am not surrounded by a retinue or guards. You can come to me at any moment, at any time; I want to speak to you and desire to grant you grace”  (Diary, 1485). Saint Faustina responds. “From the tabernacle I draw strength, power, courage and light. Here, I seek consolation in time of anguish” (Diary, 1037).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ISMM. This message reveals God’s merciful love and calls us to respond to it with an attitude of trust in God, that is, by doing His will, and by doing good to others through deeds, words and prayer. The narrators are Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, and the music was written by the Krakow composed and musician, Paweł Bębenek. The one-minute film clips with beautiful outdoor scenes are produced by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in cooperation with TVP. You can watch them all on you YouTube channel: Faustina.pl.

On September 4 (Sunday) at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock at the Old Market Square, another formative meeting of the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles Association community will be held, the topic of which will be God’s mercy in the Bible and the Diary of Sister Faustina. It will begin at 2:15 p.m. with communal adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to be continued with prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by a conference and Holy Mass at 5 p.m. The meetings are hosted by Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and priests.

On September 3 and 4, Sr. Clareta Fečova from the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and a member of the Faustinum Association will share the message of Mercy and the spiritual legacy of St. Faustina at the parish of St. Albert Chmielowski in Łuków near Siedlce.  There will also be prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by establishment of a new community of the Faustinum Apostles of Divine Mercy Association and its first formative meeting.

Sanktuarium (The Shrine) is the title of the latest film about the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow, a place chosen by God, where, as St. Faustina died, a great treasure was laid – the message of Divine Mercy. It is a place of many a revelation, miracle and pilgrimage from all over the world. The documentary tells about this special site on the religious map of the world, which TV, radio and online broadcasts have allowed millions of pilgrims weekly to come to visit. The narrative of the film includes the theme of the national TV broadcasting that is the mission of TVP, that has accompanied the Shrine for 30 years, including the three years of daily broadcasting. The documentary, directed by Grzegorz Styła, contains fascinating testimonies of people from all over the world. It is available on TVP VOD.

Such is the title of the 12th episode of our short film clip series about the Message of Mercy from Jesus, based on the Diary of Sister Faustina. Every episode contains a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. In this episode, Jesus is saying: “It is love that has brought Me here, and it is love that keeps Me here. In the Blessed Sacrament I am fully for you – Body, Soul, and Divinity”  (Diary, 576, 1770). Saint Faustina responds. “One day, we shall learn what it is that God does for us, and the gift He offers us during every Mass. Only His Divine love could have afforded such a gif” (Diary, 914).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ISMM. This message reveals God’s merciful love and calls us to respond to it with an attitude of trust in God, that is, by doing His will, and by doing good to others through deeds, words and prayer. The narrators are Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, and the music was written by the Krakow composed and musician, Paweł Bębenek. The one-minute film clips with beautiful outdoor scenes are produced by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in cooperation with TVP. You can watch them all on you YouTube channel: Faustina.pl.

It happened in Świnice, on 27 August 1905, at one o’clock in the afternoon. Stanislaw Kowalski, aged 40, a farmer from Głogowiec, in the presence of Franciszek Bednarek, aged 35 and Józef Stasiak, aged 40, both farmers from Głogowiec, appeared and showed us the female child born in the village of Głogowiec on August 25 this year, at eight o’clock in the morning, of his wedding wife Marianna née Babel, aged 30. This child received, at baptism held today, the name Helena, and her godparents were Konstanty Bednarek and Marianna Szewczyk. This provision of the rite of baptism from parish records was left by the parish priest, Father Józef Chodyński, who baptized the little Helena Kowalska. The Deed was drawn up in the Russian language, because it was still the time of the Partitions of Poland, when the country was not to be seen on the political map of Europe. Helena’s father, Stanisław Kowalski, signed this record in Polish. The godparents, who were illiterate, confirmed their signatures by an X. In the former parish church, today the Baptismal Shrine of St. Faustina, you can see the same font at which the baby Helena Kowalska became a child of God and a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, baptized two days after her birth, on the eve of the feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The grace of baptism was further developed in her life as she achieved the fullness of mystical union with God here on Earth. Today, she is venerated as an apostle of Divine Mercy, because Jesus chose her as a prophet of our time, and sent her into the world with the message of Mercy.

In the last days of August, in the convents of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy which run Youth Education Centers operate (Krakow, Kalisz and Wroclaw), student dormitories, community centers or kindergartens, like in other educational institutions in Poland, preparations for the new school year are under way. Here, the opening of the school year is always accompanied by a Holy Mass, during which the teachers and the pupils and students ask God for His blessing and the graces needed during the next ten months, so that they may become more than just a period of effective learning, but also a time of fruitful spiritual growth.

On the Sunday after the anniversary of baptism of St. Faustina, this year on August 28th, an annual indulgence at the Baptismal Shrine of the Apostle of Divine Mercy in Świnice Warckie will be held. At 10.00 am, a procession celebrating the relics of the Saint will proceed from her family home in Głogowiec to the parish church in Świnice Warckie, where at the field altar at 12.00 pm solemn Mass will be celebrated. Pilgrims coming from all over Poland and other countries will remain there to pray at the Hour of Mercy (3.00 pm) and recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. In the family home and parish of St. Faustina, two communities of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy live and operate: the active one and the closed one.