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Under this motto, the Bakhita Section for the Prevention of Modern Slavery and Assistance to Victims, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, is organizing a vigil, which will take place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki on the night of 3/4 September. The Vigil will begin at 8 p.m. with introduction of the relics of St. Bakhita. The program includes: Holy Mass presided over by Bishop Grzegorz Ryś, an hour of testimonies of people who have experienced forgiveness and have forgiven, a conference on forgiveness by Fr. Krzysztof Matuszewski, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, an opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation, and adoration of Divine Mercy. The vigil will end with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 am. Online broadcasting will be available at the Shrine’s Rectorate website, www.milosierdzie.pl. A video promoting the event: Sieć Bakhita 2021 v 2 – YouTube.

The Bakhita network has been in existence since 2011, as an informal support group. Belonging to it provides different kinds of opportunities for involvement and action. The Network is currently represented by approximately 19 religious congregations. The Board of the Network is the Bakhita Section operating within the Charitable Works Commission of the Conference of Major Superiors of Women’s Religious Congregations in Poland.

The website of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, www.milosrdenstvo.sk , has been adjusted to be used on mobile devices and has been given a new appearance. This made it possible to make many sources on the life of Saint Faustina and her spiritual heritage, such as her Diary, and the apostolic works operated on the website, including video streaming from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the Chaplet for the Dying, the Perpetual Chaplet, downloadables and the Patron Saint draw more accessible on mobile devices.

On August 27-29, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a retreat for married couples will take place. It will be delivered by Fr. Paweł Gabara, PhD from the Archdiocese of Łódź, doctor of theology, lecturer in seminaries, editor of the Łódź edition of the weekly Niedziela, and Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The main theme of the retreat will be building relationships in marriage. The organizer of the retreat is the Faustinum Apostles of Divine Mercy Association. For more information visit: www.faustinum.pl

Such is the title of the 17th 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: “The graces from My mercy are drawn by one vessel, and that vessel is trustfulness. The more trustful a soul is, the more it will receive” (Diary, 1578). Saint Faustina responds. “I want to live in the spirit of faith, accepting everything that comes my way because it is given me by the loving will of God, which truly wants me to be happy, so I shall accept everything that God sends me, with submission and gratitude, not paying attention to the voice of my nature nor to the suggestion whispered by self-love” (Diary, 1549).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, O.L.M. 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 Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna, 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 August 22, the 17th bicycle pilgrimage will set off from the parish of St. Joseph in Wola, Warsaw, and the parish of Divine Mercy in Grójec to the family home of St. Faustina in Głogowiec. On the trail, the pilgrims are awaited at six Marian shrines (Rokitno, Niepokalanów, Szymanów, Miedniewice, Domaniewice and Mąkolice). They will reach Głogowiec on August 24th. On August 25, at approx. 8.00 am, Holy Mass will be celebrated outside. After the service, the pilgrims will visit the parish church in Świnice Warckie, which is the Baptismal Shrine of St. Faustina. The will also pray at the nearby cemetery with the graves of the parents and siblings of the Apostle of Divine Mercy. The pilgrims can join even on the day of the departure, on the route from Warsaw, Lodz, Rawa Mazowiecka or Grójec. The pilgrimage will be led by Fr. Michał Dłutowski and Fr. Mariusz Bernyś.

 

August 25th is the 116th birthday of Helena Kowalska – St. Faustina, known throughout the world of the Apostle of Divine Mercy. She was born as the third child in the family of Marianna and Stanisław Kowalski in the village of Głogowiec. The certificate of baptism states that she was born about eight in the morning, and on that year, it was a Friday. Sister Faustina’s mother – Marianna née Babel – recalled that she had sanctified her womb, because the earlier births nearly cost her life, but her subsequent children were born without problems. She said about Helena: “Blessed child, dearest daughter.” Sister Faustina, in turn, constantly thanked God for her parents, God-fearing, righteous and diligent  people who brought up their children in a spirit of faith and love of God and other people. Today, the birthplace of the Apostle of Divine Mercy belongs to her Baptismal Shrine, and remains under the care of the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy’s convent in Świnice Warckie. The place of her birth is visited by pilgrims not only from Poland, but also other countries in the world, who travel along the trail of her life.

August 25th is the 26nd anniversary of the recognition of Saint Faustina as the spiritual co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. The decision was made on the 90th anniversary of her birth at the convent of the Sisters at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki under the leadership of the then Superior General, Mother Paulina Słomka. After prior discernment among theologians and pastors of the Church, at the end of the night vigil in front of the grace-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina, Mother General spoke the words of the act, in which she confessed, among others: Holy Sister Faustinayou are not only a renewal of the spirituality and charism of our Congregation, but also its spiritual co-founder. What God did in your life, fulfilling the works of Mother Teresa Potocka and Mother Teresa Rondeau, and what He allowed us to read, we are glad to acknowledge, thankful to the Mercy of God for the great things that have taken place in you and through you in our Congregation. Sister Faustina received the charism of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world with action, word and prayer, or to nurture this essential evangelical value, the mercy of God and human mercy. Not only did she enrich the charismatic heritage of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, which was founded by countess Mother Teresa of nee Sułkowski Potocka to save fallen women, but also the Church, beginning with the Apostolic Movement of Divine Mercy (the “new congregation” which Jesus desired to be founded) and bringing a new school of spirituality based entirely on the mystery of Divine Mercy to its history. The first heirs of St. Faustina were the members of the Congregation to which she belonged, therefore, John Paul II during his pilgrimage to Krakow-Łagiewniki in 1997, said: Dear Sisters! There is an extraordinary calling for you. By choosing the Blessed Faustina from among you, Christ made your Congregation a guardian of this place, and at the same time He called for a special apostolate of His mercy. Please, take this work. Today’s man needs your preaching of mercy; he needs your works of mercy and he needs your prayers for mercy. Do not neglect any of these dimensions of the apostolate. The full text of the act of recognition of St. Faustina as the spiritual co-founder of the Congregation is read in every community of the Congregation every year on October 5th, the day of her liturgical feast.

The ministry of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in the home parish of Sister Faustina began on August 25, 2001, the 96th anniversary of her birth. The nuns were invited to Świnice Warckie by the Ordinary of the Diocese of Włocławek, Bp. Bronisław Dembowski, to share the message of Mercy in the place of birth and baptism of the Apostle of Divine Mercy. The Sisters initially stayed in the parish house and began teaching and providing religious service at the Church of St. Casimir. They also took care of St. Faustina’s home in Głogowiec, which belongs to the parish and showing visitors around. A year later (in 2002), Bp. Dembowski consecrated the parish church as a Baptismal Shrine of St. Faustina, and entrusted it to the care of the parish priest and Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. On 8 December 2005, the Sisters moved to the new building. One wing of this edifice is a contemplative convent. On 25 August 2008, in the home parish of St. Faustina, a contemplative branch of the Congregation was established, with the purpose of implementing the charism through prayer and sacrifice. Ever since, two convents have coexisted in the building: an active one and a contemplative one, and the message of God’s Mercy is preached by the testimony of the Sisters’ lives, their apostolic work, prayer and sacrifice.

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.

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, O.L.M. 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 Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna, 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 the Sunday after the anniversary of baptism of St. Faustina, this year on August 22th, 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.

On Saturday, August 21, a pilgrimage will set off to the Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy at Mount Butkov, Slovakia. The event will begin with prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy led by the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki. Solemn Mass at 3.30 pm will be presided over by Bishop Cyril Vasiľ, S.J., the Košice Greek Catholic Eparch. The sacred site dedicated to the Mercy of God on Mount Butkov (11th level of the local stone quarry), where a large illuminated cross and statue of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II had been placed, is now part of the Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy with a church in Ladce.

On August 21st, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., another Evening with Merciful Jesus will be held. Sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will host the event. This time, the presentation on what to do so that others can see the living God in us, will be delivered by Fr. Christopher Seith, responsible for spiritual formation in the Washington seminary of St. John Paul II in Washington, D.C.. After the speech and adoration of Jesus, there will be a meeting and refreshments for the participants.

On 13-17 August, a Kazakhstani youth meeting will be held in Ozernoe. The theme of the event will be family and its every day holiness. During the meeting, Sr. Anastasis from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Petropavlovsk will speak on Three desires of the womanly heart. The Sisters, together with their students, will deliver dancing performances.

August 17th is the 19th anniversary of the entrustment of the world to Divine Mercy by Pope John Paul II during his last pilgrimage to Poland at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. After the consecration of the basilica, the Holy Father uttered words in which he entrusted the fate of the world and every human being to God, the Father rich in Mercy. These words became a daily prayer not only for the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and the pilgrims coming to the Łagiewniki Shrine, but also to millions of people in the world.

„God, Father of Mercy,
Who revealed Your love in your Son, Jesus Christ,
And poured it upon us in the Holy Spirit the Comforter,
today we entrust to you the fate of the world and every human being.
Look upon over us sinners,
heal our weakness,
overcome all the evil,
let all the inhabitants of the Earth experience Your Mercy,
In You, the Triune God,
we have always found a source of hope.
God, Father of Mercy,
for your painful torment and the Resurrection of Your Son
have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

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, O.L.M. 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 Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna, 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.

The website of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, www.soeurfaustine.fr, has been adjusted to be used on mobile devices and has been given a new appearance. This made it possible to make many sources on the life of Saint Faustina and her spiritual heritage, such as her Diary, and the apostolic works operated on the website, including video streaming from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the Chaplet for the Dying, the Perpetual Chaplet, downloadables and the Patron Saint draw more accessible on mobile devices. The new version of the website is available in Polish, English, Spanish and French for the time being. The other 4 language versions are being developed and will be added in time.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to express gratitude to all those who support the www.faustyna.pl  website, which is available in 8 languages, as well as all the apostolic works, which are on the run, especially the “Chaplet for the dying” and on-line transmission of the Shrine of Divine Mercy. Thanks to the apostolic work, commitment and financial support of many people through this work we carry the gift of the message of mercy to the world and provide specific assistance to people who are in the direst need. For this support, we respond with prayer, which we direct to Divine Mercy through the intercession of St. Faustina in the intentions of all Benefactors and Donors.

 

Next year we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the act of entrusting the world to Divine Mercy. It was one of the most important events of the pontificate of John Paul II, which took place on August 17, 2002, during the consecration of the basilica at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. During this year’s nationwide pilgrimage of venerators of Divine Mercy, which always takes place on the Sunday following the anniversary of the Basilica’s consecration, preparations will begin for the 20th anniversary of entrusting the world to Divine Mercy. We would like to invite Shrines of Divine Mercy in Poland and worldwide, parishes dedicated to Divine Mercy and all those who would like to learn more about the content of the papal act of entrustment, to join in this work.

Over a dozen shrines and sites of worship of Divine Mercy have already responded to our proposal, among others from Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Tanzania, France and many other countries, says Fr. Zbigniew Bielas, Rector of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Over the next 11 months we will meditate on the different parts of the Act of Entrustment of the World to Divine Mercy to discover the richness of this wonderful prayer. In the Basilica of Divine Mercy, at every Holy Mass and every day after praying the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet, we recite the Papal Act of Entrustment. Now we want to bring it back to the attention of the whole world. Texts for consideration will be emailed to those interested.

This preparation is inspired by the words spoken by John Paul II at the end of his homily during the Mass during which he consecrated the Divine Mercy Basilica: How greatly today’s world needs God’s mercy. On all continents, from the depths of human suffering, a cry for mercy seems to rise … Today, therefore, in this Shrine, I want to make a solemn act of entrusting the world to God’s mercy. I do this with a fervent desire that the message of God’s merciful love, which was proclaimed here through Sister Faustina, may reach all the inhabitants of the Earth and fill their hearts with hope. May this message be spread from here to our beloved homeland and throughout the world.

Shrines and parishes that would like to receive materials for prayerful preparation for this event please email us at: info@milosierdzie.pl.

On 7-13 August, Sr. Pavla of the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will take part in the pilgrimage from Michalovce to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Spišská Nová Ves. The pilgrimage is organized by Pallottine fathers and sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, who will lead prayers for the pilgrims along the 145 km route.

August 15 marks the 20th anniversary of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Pastavy, Belarus, Vitebsk diocese. Following the invitation of Bp. Władysław Blin, the Sisters started their service at the parish of St. Anthony, living in a small house near the church. Their apostolic work is missionary, and its purpose is to reach out to children, adolescents, families, the poor, and the elderly with the message of God’s love to mankind. The Sisters teach religion in Pastavy and nearby villages, lead formation work in communities of the Faustinum Apostles of Divine Mercy Association in Pastavy and in Minsk (about 25 people in each group), they run a day-care center for children, hold meetings with youth, and operate a canteen for the poor, where they cook and serve nutritious soup to serve them every day. In addition, the Sisters visit the local retirement home, and during school holidays, they organize “Holidays with God” for children and youth, stage occasional performances in the parish, and serve the local people with good word and prayer. May the Merciful Lord continue to use their service, so that their life testimony, deeds, words and prayers make His merciful love present and carry it on their apostolic mission fruitfully.

The website of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, www.santafaustina.es, has been adjusted to be used on mobile devices and has been given a new appearance. This made it possible to make many sources on the life of Saint Faustina and her spiritual heritage, such as her Diary, and the apostolic works operated on the website, including video streaming from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the Chaplet for the Dying, the Perpetual Chaplet, downloadables and the Patron Saint draw more accessible on mobile devices. The new version of the website is available in Polish, English and Spanish for the time being. The other 5 language versions are being developed and will be added in time.

A photo exhibition has been arranged in the lower part of the Basilica at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, titled Franciszek Cardinal Macharski – A Man of Mercy. The occasion for organizing this exhibition is the 5th anniversary of the retired metropolitan Bishop of Krakow’s passing away. Cardinal Macharski was a great venerator of Divine Mercy and Sister Faustina, which is why he chose “Jesus, I trust in You!” as his episcopal motto. As the pastor of the Archdiocese of Krakow, he took great care of the proper teaching of the Divine Mercy devotion and venerating St. Faustina, since, as he admitted: It is not just one more devotion, one more little book and a painting. Divine Mercy devotion is not comparable to anything else, and it is affecting world history, the history of mankind. No diplomacy, no politics, no human industry and skill can save what seems to be man-made doom impending no just on one human being, but on all humanity – except for Jesus, the Crucified and Resurrected. And I say through Mary. He was the first bishop to introduce the Feast of Divine Mercy in his diocese, in 1985. On 1 November 1992, he issued an official decree elevating the status of the convent chapel of St. Joseph to the rank of a Shrine of Divine Mercy, and 4 years later, he founded the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles’ Association. He was a patron and active participant of many theological symposiums and the International Congresses of Apostles of Divine Mercy organized in the Łagiewniki Shrine. He initiated and endorsed many books by granting his imprimatur, the first of which was the Diary of St. Faustina.

On August 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. 714 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 August at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.facebook.com/modlitwaopotomstwo 

The different language versions of www.faustyna.pl have been given new forms for submitting your testimonies. This allows our visitors to share their faith and experience of God’s mercy in their lives, or the graces which they have obtained for others. The testimonies will be published on the website only after the administrator’s approval. They will not only help build the faith of those who share them, but also those who will read them. Prayer requests should be entered via the intentions form. Intentions are included in prayers in the chapel of the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and during recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

On Saturday, August 7, a ceremony of admission for 19 new members of the Faustinum Association of Divine Mercy Apostles will take place in Košice, Slovakia. Solemn Eucharist at 10.45 am will be presided by Fr. Artur Ciepielski, and the ceremony of admission will be held by Sr. M. Clareta Fečová from the Krakow-Łagiewniki convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, on behalf of the Association. Sister Benediktína Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will deliver a lecture before the ceremony, titled “Disciple – apostle – friend of merciful Jesus”.

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, O.L.M. 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 Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna, 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 August 5, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of the Snows, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy celebrates its patronal feast, honoring its Patroness – the Mother of Mercy Incarnate. On this day, the election of Mary as the heavenly Superior General of the Congregation has been traditionally renewed since in 1937, in the form of a special, ceremonial prayer. Saint Faustina wrote in her Diary: I saw the Virgin Mary and She said to me, Oh, how very pleased I am with the homage of your love!  And at that moment She covered all the sisters of the Congregation with Her mantle. With Her right hand, She clasped Mother General Michael to herself, and with Her left hand she did the so to me, while all the sisters were at Her feet, covered with Her mantle. Then the Mother of God said hen the Mother of God said, Everyone who perseveres zealously till death in My Congregation will be spared the fire of purgatory (Diary, 1244). This day is the anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the oldest church in the West dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Pope Sixtus III, to celebrate the end of the stormy Council of Ephesus (431 AD), which declared the dogma of the divine motherhood of Mary (Theotokos), introduced the feast of the Mother of the Son of God, which was first celebrated in this particular basilica, and with time, successive Popes expanded it to the whole Church. Today, the liturgical calendar of the Church contains the memorial of Our Lady of the Snows, commemorating the miracle associated with the rise of the basilica, and this name is functioning in the minds of the faithful. Therefore, the first circumstance of the establishment of the feast of Mary as Mother of the Son of God – Mercy Incarnate, has been forgotten. For more information about Mary the Mother of Mercy, Her title, worship and iconography in the Church and Congregation, follow the link: Our Lady of Mercy.

On 2 August, at 10:00 am at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, 1 sister from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, after serving a two-year novitiate and making an eight-day retreat, will make their first vows before the Superior General, Mother Petra Kowalczyk. The ceremonies, taking place in the convent chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina will be presided Father Robert Więcek SJ. The ceremony will be attended by sisters from many convents of the Congregation and families of the sisters. During the first profession, sister make vows of chastity, poverty and obedience to Jesus for a year, which are then renewed for five consecutive years. After this period, perpetual vows take place.