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Until now, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has used the abbreviation ZMBM. in Polish and the abbreviations adequate to the name of the Congregation in a given language in other countries. The Congregation has now decided to standardize the abbreviation of the name to all language areas. After appropriate consultation, the Chapter adopted the following abbreviated name of the Congregation: ISMM., from the Latin name Institutum Sororum Mater Misericordiae.

On October 22nd at 7 pm, in the Łagiewniki Shrine’s chapel of the Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, the traditional monthly youth meeting, dubbed the Łagiewniki 22, will take place. This year, the Sisters and participants of the meetings are following a new theme: Come and Trust! In prayer, the young people will entrust all the difficult matters of the Church, the world and their personal problems to the merciful Lord. The evenings of adoration will also be a spiritual preparation for the 20th anniversary of the act of entrusting the world to Divine Mercy, which was done by St. Pope John Paul II in 17 August 2002 at the Łagiewniki Shrine. 

The SYCHAR Community of Difficult Marriages invites you to the retreat titled Encounters at the Well – Towards a New Life, which will take place in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki on 22-24 October (from Friday to Sunday) from 5pm to 7pm in the Chapel of St. Faustina in the lower Basilica. It will be led by Fr. Marcin Ciunel, Rector of the Saletine Theological Seminary.

On October 15-24, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a 10-day Retreat for Poles will be preached by bishops before the 5th anniversary of the Act of Acceptance of Jesus Christ as King and Lord. It will be inaugurated by a Holy Mass and conference of Bishop Leszek Leszkiewicz from the Tarnów Diocese, which will be celebrated in the Divine Mercy Basilica at 3 pm. In the following days, Masses and sermons will be offered at 6 p.m. each day, preceded by prayer of the rosary. The retreat will conclude on Sunday, October 24, with the 12:00 p.m. Mass presided over by Stanisław Cardinal Dziwisz. Online broadcasting will be available at the Shrine’s Rectorate website, www.milosierdzie.pl.

Such is the title of the 21th 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: “I require you to make acts of mercy, which are to come from your love for Me. You are always and everywhere to show mercy unto your neighbours; you may not withdraw, excuse or absolve yourself from this” (Diary, 742). Saint Faustina responds. “ O Jesus, teach me to open up the depths of love and mercy for all who ask me for this. Teach me how to make all my prayers and deeds bear the seal of Your mercy” (Diary, 755).

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 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.

Every day, over 100,000 people die in the world; every minute, 11 people die of hunger alone. There is no moment when someone does not leave this world. Now, in the autumn-winter period and with the next wave of the pandemic, we have more submissions for the „Chaplet for the Dying,” and so more people are needed to help them. This prayer is the greatest gift we can give them, especially now that they are dying alone, when they cannot be accompanied by their loved ones or any family member. Those who pray for the dying accumulate for themselves treasures of eternal value. And you only need 10 minutes to say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on the chosen day and hour of vigil for the intention of the dying person. The entry form for the cause is available at: www.faustyna.pl. Persons living outside Poland can participate in this cause by receiving notifications about the dying person only by e-mail. The „Chaplet for the Dying” is led by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine in Kraków-Łagiewniki.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy expresses gratitude to all Benefactors and Donors for supporting the apostolic works that are used by thousands of Internet users and dying people in need of prayerful support. Thank you for the gifts sent to support the work of „Chaplet for the Dying,” on-line broadcast from the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki and the website: www.faustyna.pl and its versions in foreign languages. In these gifts of the heart, the mercy of God is visible, which is poured out on the world through human hearts and hands. In their daily prayers, the sisters respond with prayer, commending all the Donors and Benefactors to God’s mercy and asking for God’s blessing and needed favors for them. Let God’s Mercy be glorified in all this!

Ja zawsze jestem z tobą (I am with you) is the title of the music CD just published by the Misericordia publishing company, with songs that Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and St. Faustina would like to share with you as their experience of the merciful love of God, praise the Lord and encourage you to trust the One who is Love and Mercy. The lyrics and music were written by Sr. Emanuela Gemza from the convent of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. She confessed, that the songs were created while praying the Gospel and the Diary of St. Faustina. The arrangements were prepared by the Krakow composer Hubert Kowalski, who also supervised the recording of the album. The CD, sold with a booklet with a message from the Diary, can be purchased from the Łagiewniki Shrine Misericordia store, including its online version at www.misericordia.faustyna.pl.

The Płock Shrine of Divine Mercy has launched a prayerful action of thanksgiving for the revelation of the Divine Mercy image to Sister Faustina at their convent. The thanksgiving consists in reciting the Chaplets of Divine Mercy 91 times before 22 February 2022. The prayer can be recited at any time, and in any place. Feel welcome to see the journal available at www.milosierdzieplock.pl. You can write your prayerful intention in it along with dates and places to say the Chaplet. You can bring your journal to the Shrine or send it by mail to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Płock (you will find the address in your journal) before 22 February 2022. The journals will be laid at the feet of the Merciful Lord during a solemn service on the 91st anniversary of the Divine Mercy Image revelation, 22 February 2022.

People from many countries of the world participating in the work of the Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy are praying not only in their own intentions, but also asking for “mercy on us and the whole world”. Specific intention for October: for faith and love in families and for the reconciliation of marriages broken and in crisis.

The work of Perpetual Chaplet is a response to the request of Jesus to constantly implore for mercy “for us and the whole world”. The work has been operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at: www.faustyna.pl since 2011. Anyone can participate in it by filling out a short form and declare to say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which Jesus dictated to St. Faustinaat least once.

The beautiful tradition of celebrating rosary devotions in October is deeply ingrained in the religious life of the Church in Poland. The devotions are held in every church and in many chapels. In the Shrine of Divine Mercy, the devotion is celebrated in the Convent’s chapel with the miraculous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, every day at 07:00 pm and at 06:30 pm on Sundays, public holidays and the first Friday of the month. In order to pray the rosary in Krakow-Łagiewniki, you can also join in the on-line transmission. Rosary meditations in the spirit of the Divine Mercy and human mercy (including the writings of St. Faustina) are also available in our Misericordia store at the Łagiewniki Shrine and on our website: www.faustyna.pl

Such is the title of the long-awaited formation manual for apostles of Divine Mercy, published by the Misericordia book company. It concerns the mission of St. Faustina, and it was prepared by Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.

The first part of the book is devoted to the spirituality and mission of. St. Faustina, at the center of which there is the most beautiful mystery of our faith – the mercy of God. Its study and contemplation lead not only to a friendly relationship with God, but also generate and develop in us an attitude of trust in Him and of sacrificial love of our neighbors, as well as a desire to share this gift with all those we meet along the paths of our lives. The second part deals with the devotion to Divine Mercy in the forms that Jesus provided to St. Faustina. It contains not only an interpretation of the correct understanding, practice and preaching of this devotion, but also many practical tips and answers to frequently asked questions on top of associated interesting facts.

The book will gradually be translated from Polish into other languages.

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.

 

The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki is a special site, where, as St. Faustina passed away, God laid up her entire spiritual inheritance, including the message of Mercy, with which He sent her “to all mankind”. Thus, as St. John Paul II said, it is spreading across the world. That is why Łagiewniki is one of the world’s leading shrines in terms of the number of countries from which pilgrims come to visit.

In the Łagiewniki convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, St. Faustina experienced many extraordinary encounters with Jesus, the Blessed Mother, angels, saints and souls suffering in purgatory. It was here that she mystically experienced an extraordinary union with the Triune God and saw heaven and hell. In her Diary, a pearl of mystical literature and the most translated book from Polish, she recorded more than 280 such extraordinary encounters, which happened not only in the chapel but in practically every part of the Shrine. The Łagiewniki Shrine is therefore a place of revelations. It is also a place of miracles and thousands of graces, which people are asking for at the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and at the tomb of the Apostle of Merciful Jesus in the convent chapel.

This unique place on the map of the world is on the list of the Get to know Poland project of the Minister of National Education, Przemysław Czarnek, who wrote in a letter to teachers: I would like young people, who will be the ones to decide the fate of our country, to know Polish culture, respect the language and national heritage, and above all, grow up with a sense of pride in being Polish. Thanks to the funds allocated for this project under the Polish Deal government program, the bodies running public and non-public schools will receive co-financing of up to 80 per cent of the total cost of the trips.

Under this title, a book by Sr. Miriam Janiec from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has been published by the Misericordia publishing company as another manual for the first year of formation in the Faustinum Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy. The Author states in the Introduction:  Let My mercy work in you, in your poor soul (Diary, 1486). These are the words that Jesus addresses to each one of us today, because He wishes to lead us along paths of trust and mercy until we are completely conformed to Him, as He had His beloved Daughter. If you feel that this is your path, if you are drawn to and fascinated by the mystery of God’s mercy, or if you simply want to know it better, I invite you to join me on this journey together with the Apostle of Divine Mercy. The book is accompanied by a workbook with exercises for each topic discussed. It is intended to help you make a personal commitment to formation in Sister Faustina’s school of spirituality. The book is available for purchase at the shop of the Misericordia publishing company and at the secretariat of the Faustinum Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy at the Łagiewniki Shrine.

Sister Faustina is one of the best known and venerated saints of our time. Many churches and chapels were built under her patronage in Poland and around the world. Some of them can be viewed at: www.saint-faustina.org, but not all of them. We may add to this list with new submissions, which should be sent via the form located on the website under the tab: Saint Faustina – Churches – in Poland – Throughout the World. Please submit horizontal photos (from your camera or cell phone) in .PDF format and contact information for your church or parish. This may be taken into consideration when seeking to grant the title of Doctor of the Church to Sister Faustina.

 

The Apostle of Divine Mercy is the patron not only of churches and chapels, but also of the city of Lodz, her native land of Świnice and many schools, works of mercy and other endevours. You can learn about them at Faustyna.pl, in the “Saint Faustina – Patronage” tab, and also submit new ones, or update pictures illustrating the projects we have already written about. Just fill in the form in this link and send us a horizontal image (in .JPG format). In this way, everyone can contribute something to show how important the figure of St. Faustina has for people.

Summer vacations are a time for pilgrimage-making and visiting various Shrines scattered around the world. Our website www.saint-faustina.org presents different Shrines of Divine Mercy located in Poland and worldwide. We are aware that this is only a fraction of the richness that has been abundant in the Church across the last decades, which is a fruit of the prophetic mission of St. Faustina, sent by the Lord Jesus to the world with the message that reminds about the biblical truth of the merciful love of God to man and calls for proclaiming it with the testimony of one’s life, deeds, words and prayer. If a Shrine you know or have visited is not listed on our site, please submit a pdf (horizontal) photo of the Shrine and contact information through the form on our site.

Sisters from the Plock convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy have prepared a video showing the present condition and needs of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock, which is being erected in the place of the historic revelations of the Merciful Jesus image.

In 2021, it is planned to continue installing sanitary and electrical facilities, plastering and flooring, in addition to stone cladding, outside stairs and window sills. It is also planned to start works related to land development (parking lot, pavements, small architecture), as far as the finances allow it.

The Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Plock is being erected by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy thanks to the donations made for this purpose by devotees of Divine Mercy and people of good will. The Sisters thank you for every gift of heart that makes the place of the first revelation of Merciful Jesus to St. Faustina. Thanks to these gifts, the church is growing and therefore the sisters would like to ask for further support. Holy Mass is celebrated on the 22nd day of each month and the Sisters pray daily together with the faithful at the Hour of Mercy and with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the intention of everyone who support the construction of the Shrine spiritually and physically.

Donations for the expansion of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock can be deposited into the account:

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first full edition of the Diary of Sister Faustina. The contents of the book reveal the richness and fascinating beauty of the mystery of God’s mercy, as shown by the author’s life and mystical experiences. A great prophetic mission was inscribed in her life, to remind the world of the biblical truth of God’s merciful love for every person and to proclaim it with a new power. It is therefore a unique work, and a “Gospel of mercy written in the perspective of the 20th century”, as the Holy Father John Paul II said of it. In the introduction to the Chinese edition of the Diary, Bishop John Tong Hon wrote that it is “the greatest gift of God offered to the world”.

The Diary has been translated into dozens of languages around the world, including almost all European and also non-European ones, such as Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Vietnamese, Maltese, Swahili, Tok pidgin, and several languages spoken in India (such as Malayalam, Konkani, Mizo, and Telugu). The book editions have had millions of copies, making it one of the most read books, because, as Jesus said, it was written for the consolation and comfort of souls.

Every day at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy gather at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina to pray the Rosary for families and married couples experiencing difficulties and crises. Also at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock, Holy Mass is celebrated on every 22nd day of a month at 5pm with this intention. To join this prayer in the Łagiewniki Shrine, also in the intention of your family or loved ones, you can access the live video broadcasting at www.saint-faustina.org.

Every Thursday, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a group of people named Kustodia, meet to pray at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, in the intention of priests. They are accompanied by Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. From 8 to 9.30 pm, during the prayer of adoration and as the rosary is recited together, they obtain God’s graces for the stewards of God’s Mercy, so that the priests be faithful to their vocation and lead the people entrusted to their pastoral care on the ways of God. Everyone, also those who connect to the Łagiewniki Shrine online at www.saint-faustina.org is invited to join in this prayer.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the “Faustinum” Divine Mercy  Apostles Association, the  www.faustinum.pl website will share a special documentary titled „Conquered by Mercy”, which is a testimony of the formative and apostolic activities, as well as written accounts. The film will be available in several languages. The “Faustinum” Association is a community of people with more than 18,000 members and volunteers from almost 90 countries of the world that cooperates with the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy based in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Its main objective is the formation of Divine Mercy apostles to proclaim the message recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina to the world.

Misericordia has released the English version of the book which comprises considerations to 60 joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of the rosary prayer. These considerations are aided by short statements from Jesus, Our Lady and St. Faustina as recorded in her Diary. Users of this content will become immersed in the spirituality of Mercy, where they will discover the merciful love of God to man, learn by the example of St. Faustina’s contemplation of Merciful Jesus in everyday life, her attitude of trust in Him which expresses itself in fulfilling His will, mercy towards others and love for the Church, the Eucharist and heartfelt devotion to Our Lady. The selection of quotations from the Diary was prepared by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak, O.L.M., and the graphic design by Wojciech Sobolewski. The book is available from the online shop of the publishing house of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy: www.misericordia.faustyna.pl.

The Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and apostles of Divine Mercy following in the footsteps of St. Faustina and those participating in her mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world by testimony of life, deed, word and prayer, will celebrate and commemorate a few important anniversaries in 2021:

February 22 – 90th anniversary of the revelation of Divine Mercy Image and Mercy Sunday in Plock, the commencement of the prophetic mission of St.. Faustina, which is to remind the world of the biblical truth about merciful love of God and a call to proclaim it with a renewed power with the testimony of life, deed, word and prayer. Her visual summary is the image of Christ with the inscription: “Jesus, I trust in You!”

March 6 – 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Faustinum Association of Divine Mercy Apostles, which brings together priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful from 90 countries of the world by Archbishop of Krakow, Franciszek Cardinal Macharski. Its main task is to conduct spiritual formation in the school of spirituality of St. Faustina.

The 40th anniversary of the first edition of the Diary of St. Faustina, a jewel of mystical literature, in which the Author recorded not only the message of Mercy from Jesus addressed to the modern world, but also a school of spirituality based on the exploration and contemplation of everyday life in the mystery of God’s mercy, which flows from the attitude of trust in God and active love of one’s neighbor.

August 1 – 10th anniversary of the start of Perpetual Chaplet at www.faustyna.pl. Through this initiative, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed around the clock, and Internet users join the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy every day from many countries of the world to pray together.

Panoramic images of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki are available on Google Maps, in addition to photos depicting some of the spots there and a walk around the holy place. In the present situation which has made traveling impossible, we would like to invite you to take the virtual tour and connect with us daily through the live video broadcasting at www.saint-faustina.org and our Faustyna.pl applications. In this way you can participate in the liturgy of Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours (Lauds and Vespers), the prayer in the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, in addition to the evening service and prayer of the Rosary at 8.30pm. We are waiting for you!

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.

The Lord Jesus, in the devotion to Divine Mercy, gives us a special time of grace at three o’clock in the afternoon. It is the moment of His dying on the cross, of which he said to Sister Faustina: “This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. … In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion…” (Diary, 1320). In order to take advantage of these promises of Jesus, one must pray with confidence and add deeds of mercy towards others to the trustful prayer. Jesus proposes three ways of experiencing the prayer at the Hour of Mercy: celebrating the Way of the Cross, visiting the Blessed Sacrament, and if it is impossible, connecting with Him, dying on the cross, wherever 3 pm finds us. In this prayer, we turn directly to Jesus, and in our pleading, we appeal to the merits of His painful Passion. It is a privileged time in the Divine Mercy devotion, which is why the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy are practiced every day in all convents of the Congregation. You can join in this prayer through an on-line transmission from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki at faustyna.pl and via the Faustyna.pl application.

 

On every Thursday at 5 pm, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a Divine Mercy Holy Mass is celebrated for the intercession of St. Faustina in the intention of requests and thanks to the faithful offered in the chapel with the image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of the Apostle of Divine Mercy. You can add an intention right before the Mass and those who cannot physically be present at it can join us in prayer thanks to the online broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.