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After 9 months of state of emergency in Slovakia due to the coronavirus pandemic, the communities of the “Faustinum” Apostles of Divine Mercy Association have resumed their activities.  Sisters Antoniana and Alżbieta from the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and priests in the individual parishes will host formation meetings for “Faustinum” members and volunteers in those locations where pandemic restrictions allow for group meetings, namely:
Detva – June 17,
Košice – June 20,
Sabinov – June 27.

 

Such is the theme of the young women’s retreat to be held on June 18-20 at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk. The retreat will be provided by  Fr. Łukasz Grelewicz, Sr. M. Pauletta Gójska from the Gdansk community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and the Woman is Divine community. Conferences, talks, and above all, spending time alone with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament may help retreat participants make one of the most important decisions of their lives. If you fall in love with God, then whatever you choose in life will be good, the retreat organizers assure.

The annual retreat for members and volunteers of the Faustinum Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy will be held at the Jesuit retreat house in Prešov, Slovakia, from June 18-20 this year, under the theme of “Scandalous mercy”. Jesuit Fathers from Prešov and Sr. M. Benediktína Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will provide the retreat.

On June 19th at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the 2nd National Congress of the Faustinum Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy will take place. Let us become formed by the Merciful Lord. We want to realize anew who our Formator is and what the purpose of our formation in the Association is, in order to allow God to work within us and through us even more, the organizers say. The event will also be an opportunity for the participants to get to know each other, to exchange experiences, to present the individual formation communities and to present new formation proposals. The convention is part of the 25th anniversary of the establishment and activities of the Faustinum Association.

On 2-5 October 2021, in Poland’s Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the 5th International Days of the Apostles of Divine Mercy will take place. The theme of this event will be Celebrate Mercy. The inspiration for the theme are words of the Holy Father Francis, who calls for celebration of God’s mercy in the holy sacraments and the word of God and to do deeds of mercy in everyday life.  Patrons of the event are Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, the Metropolitan bishop of Krakow and M. Petra Kowalczyk, Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. The already announced speakers include Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, Bishop Rafał Markowski, Bishop Artur Ważny, Fr. Dr. Krzysztof Wons, S.D.S., Fr. Rafał Jarosiewicz, and Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The organizer of the Congress is the “Faustinum” Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy, which is celebrating its 25 years’ anniversary. Due to the pandemic restrictions, online participation in the event is also possible. For more information, detailed program and registration, go to www.faustinum.pl

At www.saint-faustina.org a pdf file containing our leaflet entitled Jesus’ Message of Mercy Leaflet is now available in Romanian. It contains the key quotations by Lord Jesus recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina, which concern the message of Mercy He provided for the Church and the world. The Message was a gift from St. John Paul II for the third millennium of the faith, so that people can get to know the true face of God and the true face of man better. The introduction and quotes from the Diary have been prepared by Aghi Moulas in consultation with Fr. Tadeusz Rostworowski, S.J., translator of St. Faustina’s work into Romanian. Romanian is the 16th language in which the Jesus’ Message of Mercy leaflet is shared for non-commercial spread of the Message of Mercy.

At first blush it may seem that the Devotion to the Divine Mercy is only a form of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart and that the devotions do not differ considerably. Upon a cursory reading of Sister Faustina’s 'Diary', in which the Heart of Jesus is frequently mentioned, one can be confirmed in this belief. However, a theological analysis of the work clearly differentiates between the two Devotions, which are so popular in the Church. The Rev. Professor I. Różycki carried out such an analysis and, on the basis of it he showed fundamental differences between the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the one to the Divine Mercy. They differ as regards the object of veneration: who and what is worshipped, the essence of the Devotions and the privileged time – the time to which certain promises are attached.

As regards the Devotion to the Divine Mercy, the mercy of the entire Holy Trinity is the object of the veneration itself, whereas as regards the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus – it is the Divine Person of the Son of God Incarnate.

As far as the Devotion to the Divine Mercy is concerned, the image of the Merciful Jesus is venerated – the one painted according to the vision that Sister Faustina had in Płock on the 22nd February, 1931, whereas as regards the other devotion – the human, 'physical' Heart of Jesus is worshipped.

 Trust is the essence of the Devotion to the Divine Mercy, whereas reparation is the essence of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

3p.m. – every day – (the moment of Jesus' agony on the cross) and the Feast of Mercy – on the first Sunday after Easter – this is the privileged time as far as the Devotion to the Divine Mercy is concerned, whereas as regards the Devotion to the Sacred Heart the privileged time is on first Fridays of every month and on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

Shalom World television will join the transmission of the 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 Krakow-Łagiewniki on May, 23. The TV station also broadcasts daily Mass and other services celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina. Shalom World is a US-based Catholic television company sharing the peace of Christ around the world. Its three branches: Shalom World North America, Shalom World Europe, and Shalom World Australia have about 8 million viewers in 140 countries around the world.

Prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet from the Łagiewniki Shrine are available from already 12 Catholic radio stations and several television stations, including: TVP 3, TVP 1 and TVP Vilnius, EWTN Polska, Giovanni Paolo TV and on our YouTube channel. Online broadcasting and TVP retransmission are available at www.faustyna.pl in 8 languages, and in our Faustyna.pl mobile application  in 7 languages.

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 June: For the protection of children from demoralization and for necessary graces for young people, so that they are not tempted by easy happiness, but will make life choices according to Gospel values.

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.

In June, during the evening worship, the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is traditionally sung in churches in Poland. This is also true for the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, this takes place in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina. The June devotions are celebrated every day at 7:00 pm and at 6:30 pm on Sundays and other holidays.

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:

Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
Stary Rynek 14/18
09-404 Płock

Bank PEKAO SA
I O w Płocku
ul. Kolegialna 14a

SWIFT CODE: PKOPPLPW

PLN IBAN: 72 1240 3174 1111 0000 2890 0836
USD IBAN: 56 1240 3174 1787 0010 1057 7746
EUR IBAN: 28 1240 3174 1978 0010 1057 7818

The Home of St. Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki (within the convent complex, where St. Faustina served at the gate) has reopened to visitors, offering accommodation to pilgrims, with all the guidelines in place during the epidemic. Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy are welcoming all those willing to encounter the Merciful Lord Jesus in the sign of the Divine Mercy image and visit St. Faustina’s tomb to take advantage of the accommodation. Reservations can be made by email, at noclegi@faustyna.pl or telephone at +48 730 955 521.

After a several months’ closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the House of St. Faustina restaurant at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki has reopened. The venue is run by Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The sanitary restrictions now allow the pilgrims to have breakfast, our home-cooked lunch and dinner, as well as cakes, ice cream and drinks. The restaurant, located at the parking lot at the back of the basilica (ul. Adolfa Hyły 1), is open every day from 10 am to 8 pm.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to thank all those involved in the co-creation and financial support for www.faustyna.pl. Our website is available in 8 languages, and its audience in recent months has increased substantially. To maintain the smooth operation of the website and provide the freedom to use it at all levels and to participate in all our ongoing projects, financial support is needed. Therefore, we would like to give our heartfelt thanks for your support and we continue to keep you in our daily prayers. We also express our joy for the reason that together we can participate in the work of proclaiming the message of God’s merciful love for every human being to the world, the legacy of which was provided by Jesus in the prophetic mission of St. Faustina.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and the Polish national television TVP are now making a series one-minute video clips with the message of Mercy from Jesus, as recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina. The message reveals the merciful love of God and urges us to respond to it with the attitude of trust in God, and doing His will, as well as  doing good for our neighbors by deed, word and prayer. This is why each episode will be a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. The screenplay was written by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak, O.L.M. The narrators are Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna. The music was written by Paweł Bębenek.

The first 10 episodes will be showed by TVP1, TVP3, and our website, www.faustyna.pl. Search for “spoty filmowe”.

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.

TVP Wilno is a Polish television channel aimed at Poles living in Lithuania. The station is broadcasting the daily prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Krakow-Łagiewniki Shrine. Thanks to this broadcast, the spiritual community gathered around the Shrine of Łagiewniki can be joined by people from Lithuania, to call for Divine Mercy for us and the whole world together.

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.

Every day, Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy lead the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Decades of the rosary are prayed in foreign languages, because intercessors from many countries of the world participate in this prayer too. Broadcasts can be accessed at the websites of the Congregation, on You Tube, in the Faustyna.pl application, and through a dozen radio and television stations.This Polish national TVP-realized broadcast can be watched at www.faustyna.pl its in all language versions and our Faustyna.pl apps on Android and iOS devices, which have been recently updated to enable a better watching experience. By uniting in this prayer, we form a huge community which, together with Mary, accompanies Jesus at the moment of His agony on the cross and, for the gifts of His sorrowful passion, we cry out for the “mercy for us and for the whole world”.

Every day, the media are reporting about people dying because of Covid 19. Yet, people are passing away due to other reasons, too. In 2020, “The Chaplet for the Dying” prayer has supported more than 28,000 people whose names were sent to us by text message at + 48 505 060 205 or by e-mail. People from Poland, the United States, England, Germany, Ireland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Portugal have been participating. They have declared their willingness to help the dying on a given day and in a given time zone by praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the intention of a person whose name they have received by e-mail. Our donors, doctors, nurses, hospital and hospice volunteers and all those who send in text messages with the names of the dying also participate in this work. The work is carried out by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy’s Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at: www.faustyna.pl.

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.

In 2020, despite the pandemic we did not stop work the construction of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock. In the first months of last year, the tower was completed with the roofing and fitting of external woodworking. The roofs of existing houses have been joined to the newly built church. Also work on the facade of the church and the pilgrims’ house have been completed. In addition, work has begun on the electrical and sanitary installations, plastering, and flooring inside.

In 2021, it is planned to continue sanitary and electrical installations, to continue plastering and flooring, and to make stone cladding, outside stairs and window sills. It is also planned to start works related to land development (parking lot, pavements, small architecture), of course, 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. 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:

Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
Stary Rynek 14/18
09-404 Płock

Bank PEKAO SA
I O w Płocku
ul. Kolegialna 14a

SWIFT CODE: PKOPPLPW

PLN IBAN: 72 1240 3174 1111 0000 2890 0836
USD IBAN: 56 1240 3174 1787 0010 1057 7746
EUR IBAN: 28 1240 3174 1978 0010 1057 7818

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.

For millions of people worldwide, St. Faustina’s Diary has become not just an occasional read, but a manual for spiritual life and prayer. People often go back to in addition to the Holy Bible, even daily, even if to read just one sentence. Our website www.saint-faustina.org and its different language versions contain not only the text of the Diary, but also citations selected for every day of the year. You can also subscribe to receive them in your e-mail box, by filling in a short form. In this way you will be gradually introduced to school of Sister Faustina’s spirituality to better understand God’s merciful love, learn contemplation in everyday life, the attitude of trust in Him and mercy towards others, as well as love for the Church, the Eucharist and the close relationship with the Mother of God.

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!

In the spirit of solidarity with the suffering and mercy, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has followed the appeal of the four Conferences of Consecrated Life in Poland to pray the rosary offered to God every day at 8.30 pm. At this time, in all religious communities and consecrated lay persons’ homes, the rosary is recite for the intentions of people with Covid-19, their families and loved ones, medical staff and all those who are taking care of the needy, as well as for those who lost their lives as a result of the pandemic. You can join us praying the rosary via the live video broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at www.saint-faustina.org and our Faustyna.pl mobile application.

Every day at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Sisters of the Congredation of Our Lady of Mercy gather at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina sisters to pray the Rosary for married couples experiencing difficulties and crises. You can join this celebration via the live video broadcast at www.faustyna.pl in the intention of your family or your loved ones.

The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy from the Krakow-Łagiewniki Shrine have joined the Adopt a Medical Professional campaign. The action involves including doctors, nurses, medical technicians, paramedics, all health professionals who are on the front lines of the coronavirus epidemic in our prayers. Although we do not know the people we surround with spiritual support by name, God knows who needs this gift of mercy most. We invite you to make such resolution, thanks to which you will become richer before God with every act of mercy you do, and the medical professionals will receive spiritual support.