On May 27-29, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a retreat for young women will take place. The theme will be “You have stolen my heart with one glance of Your eyes.” The retreat, based on the Gospel and the Diary of St. Faustina, will be delivered by Fr. Krzysztof Kowal, M.S., and Sr. M. Emanuela Gemza, OLM. The topic of the reflection will be the heart of the woman who wants to be loved. Retreatants will look for an answer to the question: how to find your true value? How to look at oneself through the eyes of God? Where to look for answers to the deepest questions of the heart of a girl and a woman? The message for this retreat will be the words of Jesus: “O My specially beloved child, apple of My eye, rest for a while upon My heart and taste of the love which you will enjoy for all eternity” (Diary, 1489).
On May 28th, at the Parish of St. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael the Archangels in Aleksandrów Łódzki, the 100th anniversary of the Confirmation of St. Faustina will be celebrated. The ceremony will begin at the former house of the Bryszewski family, where 16-year-old Helena Kowalska (Sister Faustina in the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy) lived and served for about a year. At 3 p.m. there will be prayer in the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, recited along the route traveled by the Apostle of Divine Mercy, with a March of the Youth to the church, where the Metropolitan Bishop of Lodz, Abp Grzegorz Ryś will deliver the Sacrament of Confirmation and celebrate a solemn service. The program of the ceremony also includes a shared Agape and a concert of worship.
St. Faustina received the Sacrament of Confirmation in this parish in February 1922, about which she herself testified during the exam Fr. Dr. Stanisław Rospond on April 21, 1926, which took place before she took the veil.
On May 28th (Saturday), after a communal prayer in the Basilica of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at 7:30 am, the 15th Pilgrimage to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska will begin. The pilgrims will make the distance of 33 km on foot. They will visit the churches of Mary Queen of Poland in Krakow’s Nowy Ruczaj and in Rzozów, and the church of the Most Holy Trinity in Przytkowice as they go. The arrival to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is planned at 6:345 pm. After a Holy Mass, they will return to Krakow by buses.
After the Ascension of the Lord, this year on May 30 (Monday), in Poland and in those countries where Ascension is celebrated on the Seventh Sunday of Easter, the six-day prayer preparation for the Solemnity of Pentecost begins. In chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, prayer to the Holy Spirit will be combined with the evening service at 7 pm, and on Sundays and holidays, at 6.30 pm. It is also possible to participate in it through on-line live broadcasting, to implore for the light and gifts of the Holy Spirit so necessary for the development of supernatural life. May the Holy Spirit lead us to a full knowledge of Jesus, reveal the depth of His merciful love to us, teach us to see His presence and action in our daily lives, and shape our lives in a spirit of trust in God and mercy towards our neighbor.
This Saturday, June 4th, from 10 a.m. to 12 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.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the first papal pilgrimage of John Paul II to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, on June 5th, a performance of The Secretary, which premiered at the Jerzy Szaniawski Dramatic Theatre in Płock last year, will be staged at 3.30 p.m. in the auditorium next to the Basilica. The monodrama performed by Barbara Misiun was based on the Diary of St. Faustina and shows her in the everyday life of her cell and hospital room, where she meets Merciful Jesus, who strengthens her in the prophetic mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world.
On June 5-7th, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the 25th anniversary of the first papal pilgrimage by John Paul II to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will be celebrated. The program includes:
7 am – Holy Mass presided over by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, the Metropolitan Bishop of Krakow, broadcast by TVP1.
30 pm – performance of The Secretary in the John Paul II Hall.
5 pm – Holy Mass presided over by Bishop Jan Zając, honorary custodian of the Shrine of Divine Mercy.
7 pm – I AM HERE Songs from the Saint of Wadowice show in the John Paul II Hall.
We invite you to participate in these events, during which – remembering the first papal pilgrimage to Łagiewniki – we will give thanks for two great apostles of Divine Mercy: St. Faustina and St. Paul II.
The Chaplet for the Dying project supports a daily average of 110 moribund, whose names have been reported to us by SMS or e-mail. The moribund are spiritually supported not only by people from Poland, but also from other countries worldwide, who have declared their willingness to hold vigil on a selected day and time to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the intention of the person whose name they have received by text message or e-mail. We still need more people who will take up this ministry of mercy, so that help will quickly reach those who are the weakest, but are making the most important decisions and fighting the most difficult fights of their lives. Information about the project and applications are accessible via www.saint-faustina.org. 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.
In May, in a number of parishes in Poland, children participate for the first time in the sacraments of confession and Holy Communion. More and more children in special white clothes arrive with their priests, catechists and parents to the Shrine of Divine Mercy to make thanks for the great gift of God’s mercy which is the Eucharistic presence of the Lord Jesus and His indwelling in the human soul and to ask for fidelity and growth in the love of God and other people.
30 children of Ukrainian refugees have been accepted to the Jutrzenka kindergarten in Derdy near Warsaw operated by Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The children come from different cities, from Odessa to towns on the eastern front line in Ukraine. They have been acclimatizing quickly, which is facilitated by the beautiful park location of the convent and the kindergarten. There are also no major communication problems, because some Sisters speak perfect Russian, and above all, the universal language of love.
For many years we have enjoyed on-line transmissions from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. It is used 24 hours a day by Divine Mercy devotees from all over the world to participate in prayer and devotion before the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina. This year, the fee for the streaming provider, which is the US company Livestream-Vimeo, has increased once again since January. It allows us to stream Full HD quality video content without restrictions on the limit of the number of people viewing the stream at the same time.
This being the case, we ask that you support this work so that it can continue to operate it, as it is an expensive endeavor due to fiber and streaming fees, as well as quality equipment.
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Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, more than a 200 refugees, mostly women and children, have found shelter in the convents of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the Congregation house in Czestochowa (over 40), Biała near Płock, Walendów, Warsaw-Grochów, and Elk received the largest number of people. Whenever possible, other houses of the Congregation are also preparing places for people suffering from war and fleeing their country.
The largest communities of Krakow and Warsaw-Żytnia, are offering around-the-clock prayer with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for peace in Ukraine, imploring the Lord for all the necessary graces for the refugees and everyone suffering in Ukraine, those fighting in the defense of their Motherland, as well as for the blessings to all those who are offering support to them.
Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy, Jesus said to St. Faustina. Trusting in these words of Jesus, in the face of the war in Ukraine, which poses a real threat to peace in Europe and in the world, we shall implore for God’s mercy for all humanity with the words of the Chaplet to Divine Mercy, for the restoration of peace in Ukraine and to prevent the spread of armed conflict to other countries and continents. All are invited to this prayer, 24 hours a day. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a powerful weapon with which we can change the fate of the world without any bloodshed. To participate in this prayer, please fill out this short form.
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.
This is the title of a series of videos that, at the request of the Archdiocese of Nur-Sultan, are carried out by Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Petropavlovsk. Sr. Anastasis’ conferences will be about the dignity and vocation of women in light of the mystery of God’s merciful love. Further episodes of the series will be published on the Католики Казахстан YouTube channel and on other Catholic websites of Kazakhstan.
This is the title of the second series of talks on God’s Mercy based on the Diary of St. Faustina to be delivered by Sr. Anastasis from the Petropavlovsk convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In her conferences, she will show different aids to swimming in the ocean of Mercy in different situations of human existence. She will talk not only about how God loves man, but also about how to respond to His love, and how to reconcile it with human suffering, especially of the innocent. The videos prepared on the initiative of the Archdiocese of Nur-Sultan will be published on the Католики Казахстан YouTube channel and on other Catholic websites of Kazakhstan.
It is a tradition in Poland that Catholics gather in every church and even at small roadside shrines in May to celebrate “Majówki” – a special kind of devotion to the Virgin Mary, during which the Litany of Loreto is sung. At the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the May devotions are celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina every day at 7:00 pm and on Sundays and other holidays at 6:30 pm. You can also join in the prayer online, at /www.saint-faustina.org
At Faustyna.pl and its 7 foreign language versions, you can download a folder with the Message of Mercy, which includes the most important words of Jesus given to St. Faustina and recorded in her Diary. With this message, Jesus sent Sister Faustina to the whole world to remind it of the biblical truth of God’s merciful love for every human being and to call on it to proclaim it around the globe with renewed strength by the witness of life, deed, word and prayer, as humanity will not find peace until it turns with trust to God’s mercy. Pope John Paul II gave this message to the Church and the world for the third millennium because, as he confessed, “nothing is so necessary to man as God’s mercy, that gracious and compassionate love which raises man to the heights of God’s holiness.” Entrusting the world to God’s mercy 20 years ago, he repeated after Jesus that only in God’s mercy will the world find peace and man will find happiness.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is the second prayer, after the Lord’s Prayer, dictated by the Lord Jesus, who associated with it great promises to obtain all that is in accord with His will, on top of the grace of a serene and peaceful death, on the condition of an attitude of trust in Him (doing His will) and of mercy towards our neighbors. Today, it is the most famous prayer to Divine Mercy, recited not only by Catholics but also by Christians of other denominations. This is an extremely effective prayer, because in a spiritual way, we offer to God the Father His most beloved Son in it, our Lord Jesus Christ; therefore we appeal to the strongest argument – to His sorrowful Passion.
Отче наш, що єси на небесах, нехай святиться Ім’я Твоє, нехай прийде Царство Твоє, нехай буде воля Твоя як на небі, так і на землі. Хліб наш насущний дай нам сьогодні і прости нам провини наші, як і ми прощаємо винуватцям нашим. І не введи нас у спокусу, але визволи нас від лукавого. Амінь.
Радуйся, Маріє, благодаті повна! Господь з Тобою! Благословенна Ти між жінками і благословенний плід лона Твого, Ісус. Свята Маріє, Мати Божа, молись за нас, грішних, нині і в годину смерті нашої. Амінь.
Вірую в Бога Отця Вседержителя, Творця неба і землі, і в Ісуса Христа, Його Єдиного Сина, Господа нашого, що був зачатий від Духа Святого і народився від Діви Марії, що страждав за Понтія Пилата, був розп’ятий, і помер, і був похований, і зійшов у відхлань. Третього дня воскрес із мертвих, вознісся на небеса і сидить праворуч Бога Отця Вседержителя, звідки прийде судити живих і мертвих. Вірую в Духа Святого, святу вселенську Церкву, сопричастя Святих, відпущення гріхів, воскресіння плоті, вічне життя. Амінь.
На великих зернятках:
Предвічний Отче, жертвуємо Тобі Тіло і Кров, душу і божественність возлюбленого Сина Твого, Господа нашого, Ісуса Христа. На ублагання за гріхи наші і усього світу.
На малих зернятках:
Заради Його тяжких страждань будь милосердним до нас і усього світу.
Святий Боже, Святий Кріпкий, Святий Безсмертний! Помилуй нас і весь світ (тричі).
Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Łagiewniki have donated 500 rosaries with relics of St. Faustina for Ukrainian soldiers. This gift comes with a daily prayer for the graces they need, keeping confidence in God’s mercy, and fortitude. For several weeks now, the Sisters have been praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for 5 hours a day for Ukraine, at the convent, and on our website, Faustyna.pl and its 7 language versions, on top of continuing to pray the Perpetual Chaplet together with the faithful who are joining in from tens of countries around the world.
Collection of aid for Ukraine is under way at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. You can make a donation to a special box at the entrance to the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina, while in the basilica, there are baskets for the collection of durable foods, hygienic products and basic medications.
Children from Christ of the Good Journey Parish in Camaqüey have joined in the world prayer for peace in Ukraine. Each Sunday of this Lent, together with the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, they will remain in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament to invoke the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for peace in Ukraine and support for those suffering from war, and also in order to entrust the whole world to God’s mercy.
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.
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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Such is the title of the 33th 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 protect souls that spread the worship of My Mercy throughout their lives, as a loving mother protects her baby; and at the hour of their death I shall not be a Judge unto them, but their merciful Saviour” (Diary, 1075). Saint Faustina responds: “ It is my greatest wish that souls should learn to know You – to learn that You are their eternal happiness, to trust in Your goodness and to praise Your infinite mercy” (Diary, 305).
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 at 3-3.20 pm, Sisters’ from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy is broadcast from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. In this prayer, in accordance with the wish of the Lord Jesus, we contemplate the mystery of the merciful love most fully revealed in His passion, death and resurrection, and beg for His mercy, recommending the intentions offered on the altar of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina, along with matters of the Church, our country and the world. Also listeners of 12 radio stations, television viewers and Internet users from many countries of the world are involved in this prayer. The broadcast will be available at www.saint-faustina.org and from TVP3 nationwide broadcasting from Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays and Sundays on TVP1. Polish television broadcast can be received also at faustyna.pl and its 7 language versions and in the Faustyna.pl applications.
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 2022:
February 18 – 5 years of the ministry of the Congregation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
May 1 – 100th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Kalisz.
June 7 – 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s first pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki as a Pope.
June 29 – 25 years of the Congregation’s ministry in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan.
August 5 – 85th anniversary of electing Mary Mother of Mercy as the heavenly Superior of the Congregation.
August 17 – 20th anniversary John Paul II’s second pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki as a Pope and entrusting the world to Divine Mercy.
August 26 – 10 years of the Congregation’s ministry in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan.
September 1 – 30 years of the Congregation’s ministry in Szylavichy, Belarus.
September 16 – 5th anniversary of the consecration of the convent and the ministry of the Congregation in Lodz at ul. Krośnieńska, in the house, where Helena Kowalska – St. Faustina – lived in 1922/1923.
September 27 – 85th anniversary of printing the first Divine Mercy holy cards (with a copy of E. Kazimirowski’s painting by Ł. Bałzukiewiczówna) in Krakow’ printing shop of J. Cebulski at ul. Szewska 22.
October – 85th anniversary of the revelation of the Hour of Mercy devotion, i.e., praying at the hour of Jesus Christ’s agony on the Cross (3 pm), at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.
November 1 – 160th anniversary of the establishment of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland.
Starting November 19th, the secretariat of the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles’ Association will be accepting applications for individual retreats with the Bible and the Diary of Sister Faustina. Persons who wish to experience an encounter with God in this holy place through deep prayer with the Word of God and drawing on the spiritual heritage of the Apostle of Divine Mercy are invited to participate. The retreat (from 1 to 8 days), currently only available in Polish, is held according to the program proposed by the spiritual director (a Sister from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy) in complete silence, excluding cell phones and other electronic devices. For details, visit: www.faustinum.pl
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 Matris Misericordiae.
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.
I failed an exam in nursing school , i was giving an option to withdraw and go back to my country. I was lucky that it was during the time of divine mercy novena in preparation to Mercy Sunday, i joined in the novena. God helped me with someone who represented me in the school panel as i needed to state (...) Npo, 2022-05-21
The Divine Mercy has brought me closer to God and his sufferings. I have had so many miracles in the last two years. I'm so peaceful knowing he is with me. Claudia Scott, 2022-03-12
Once there was a terrible storm in the night when I was 12 years old. It scared me very much and to me it sounded as if the house would blow away at any moment. The thunder shook my bed and pictures on the wall.
So I took my beads and started praying the Divine Mercy chaplet. As I prayed, I could (...) Addilyn, 2022-01-16