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In the time of the pandemic which affects all areas of our lives, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy is all the more grateful to all benefactors and donors for their support for our apostolic work to benefit thousands of online visitors and people who are dying and in desperate need of prayerful support. Please accept our gratitude for the support of the Chaplet for the Dying and the live video broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy, and last but not least, our website, www.saint-faustina.org. Your generosity shows God’s mercy going out into the world through people. The Sisters recommend all donors and benefactors in their daily prayers, asking for God’s blessings and grace which they need. With all this in mind, let Divine Mercy be praised!

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.

The Esperanza project, together with the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Camaguey, participate in the international days of prayer for life. Cuba is taking part in 40 days of prayer and fasting offered for the intention of ending abortion worldwide for the first time in history along with fifty other countries. The action will last until November 1st.

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.

 

The first day of November is celebrated in the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy as the day when the Church pays homage to all the Saints and, additionally, as the anniversary of the establishment of the Congregation in Poland. On this day, in 1862,  Archbishop Zygmunt Szczęsny Feliński consecrated the first chapel and House of Mercy in Warsaw at ul. Żytnia. On this day, the sisters refer especially to the early history of their Congregation. They commemorate its founder, Countess Teresa Ewa Potocka nee Sułkowska, who accepted the invitation of Archbishop Szczęsny Feliński and came to Warsaw to aid “fallen” women in returning to a life of dignity, and to establish a house for them inspired by the House of Mercy in Laval (France), which became the model for their apostolic work and religious life. Together with the Church, the sisters also revere all those who have achieved the goal of their lives: eternal union with God. These saints also include the Divine Mercy apostle, Sr. Faustina Kowalska, raised to the altars as a saint and known all over the world. Saint Faustina was the spiritual co-founder of the Congregation, along with St. Archbishop Zygmunt Szczęsny Feliński and the deceased sisters, pupils and Divine Mercy apostles who were members of the association “Faustinum” and who participated in the mission of the Congregation by making the merciful love of God present in the world through their lives, deeds, words and prayers. The sisters in all the convents their gratitude for the Congregation’s past, entrusting its present and future to God’s mercy, so that all Divine plans for it are fulfilled.

On the Feast of All Saints, the Church honors those raised to the altars, known by name and biography, but also all the priests, other consecrated persons and lay faithful who have reached the goal of human life that is eternal union with God in love. There are more saints who live among us than there may seem to be. One piece of evidence for this is the history of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, which has been intertwined with the lives of many unusual people, in addition to St. Faustina Kowalska. Throughout the over 150-year-long existence and activity of the Congregation, some of these individuals were raised to the glory of the altars by the Church. They include Archbishop Zygmunt Szczęsny Feliński, who was a co-founder of the Congregation; Pope St. John Paul II, who visited Łagiewniki so often and has done so much for the mission of Mercy; Bl. Julian Nowowiejski, the Bishop who invited the sisters to Płock and who wrote the first history of the Congregation; Bl. Jan Balicki, who initiated the Congregation’s works in Przemyśl and served the sisters and their pupils for three years; Bl. Maria Karwowska, who spent her formation period in the Łagiewniki convent and Bl. Michael Sopoćko, the Vilnius confessor of the convent on the Antokol and spiritual director of St. Faustina. The following are included as candidates for sainthood: the fathers who served as confessors to the convent in Krakow-Łagiewniki: the servant of God Fr. Wojciech Baudiss, S.J.; Fr. Bernard Łubieński (Redemptorist); Fr. Stanisław Bednarski, S.J.; Fr. Stanisław Podoleński, S.J.; Fr. Marian Morawski, S.J.; Fr. Józef Cyrek, S.J.; or the servant of God Fr. Jacek Woroniecki, O.P., the author of The Mystery of Divine Mercy, which was copied from the original manuscript by the sisters in Łagiewniki. This list of saints, blessed and servants of the Lord is much longer, particularly because it can include individuals who did not cooperate with the Congregation permanently, but had a different type of relationship with it. Today, too, saints are among us. They are the people fascinated by the merciful love of Jesus, who participate in His life and His mission to reveal the mystery of Divine Mercy to the world.

The Archdiocesan Museum in Tarnów has prepared an exhibition devoted to Fr. Joseph Andrasz, S.J., the Krakow confessor and spiritual director of St. Faustina, who became involved in the mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy after her death. Under his guidance, the painting of Merciful Jesus was created by Adolf Hyła, and is now famous for many graces in the Łagiewniki Shrine. On his initiative, immediately after World War II, memories of Sister Faustina were collected and a booklet titled Divine Mercy, we trust in You, popularizing the devotion to Divine Mercy in the forms St. Faustina provided was published. It has been translated into many languages and has contributed greatly to the popularization in many countries. The exhibition will present memorabilia connected with Father Andrasz – manuscripts, photographs and scientific publications, translations of many mystics and theologians of spirituality. There are also vestments with the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Jesuit religious habit, a breviary, rosary and walking stick which Fr. Andrasz used near the end of his life. The exhibition will be open until January 20, 2021.

On November 16-19 at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a spiritual retreat for priests will take place in complete silence and deep prayer with the Word of God. The theme of the event will be “Mercy hidden in the gestures of Jesus”. This Lectio Divina recollection will be delivered on the basis of fragments of the Gospel of John by Fr. Kazimierz Stasiak, S.A.C., a retreat teacher and spiritual director. Participants will also be invited to reflect on passages from the Diary of St. Faustina. Detailed information and registration at: www.faustinum.pl

 

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.

 

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 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

After the summer break, Mass will be celebrated again at the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Łagiewniki Shrine in English as well. Every Sunday at noon, foreigners living in Krakow, pilgrims and online visitors are encouraged to participate in the service at the holy place or through on-line video stream at our website Faustyna.pl, our Faustyna.pl YouTube channel, and our mobile Faustyna.pl application.

We would like to dedicate these words of St. John Paul II to all benefactors and donors of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, as their cash donations and personal involvement in their apostolic work bring a gift to the world: the message of Mercy, which Jesus entrusted to St. Faustina. Particularly, we would like to thank, here at this website, those who support it and who participate in the works which are implemented through it, especially the “Chaplet for the Dying” and the on-line video streaming from the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. We pray daily for all donors and benefactors, recommending their intentions to the Divine Mercy through the intercession of St. Faustina.

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.

 

Sister Elżbieta M. Siepak from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy provided an answer to this important question which determines the shape of our life and our relationship with God and people, at a meeting at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock. The content of her presentation in Polish and English, and the discussion which followed, are available at: www.milosierdzieplock.pl. The meeting was hosted by Rector of the Shrine, Fr. Tomasz Brzeziński and Leszek Skierski.

Due to the large number of Polish and foreign visitors at www.faustyna.pl and our concern for the comfort of searching and use of its content, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has decided to move our website to new, more powerful servers. On this occasion, the names of our language pages have been changed. And so, the following language versions are available at the following domain names:

English: www.saint-faustina.org

Spanish: www. santafaustina.es

Italian: www.suorfaustina.it

French: www.soeurfaustine.fr

German: www.heiligefaustina.de

Russian: www.Фаустина.рф

The language pages will be accessible through the above domain names, as well as through links at www.faustyna.pl or other language pages by clicking on a chosen flag icon. We would like to express our deep gratitude to all IT professionals, Collaborators, and Givers for their service in this work of bringing the message of Mercy to the world. Together with you, we form our online community connected by the merciful love of God.

Every day at 3 pm Eastern Time, Sisters of the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy lead prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy in English. The prayer is broadcast live from the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. The short prayer aimed at contemplating the Mercy of God revealed in the Passion of Jesus, and then the Chaplet of Divine Mercy are available at the Shrine’s YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFTeh0aaqAA3-nAYAI7K6zA and Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/JP2Shrine/?hc_ref=ARQlMmu9QaQW35VsRG1VafZ-uooOjV-lQxuhvvuGpxIrd3X1oLDaB4fuLHa0JurMBXE&fref=nf

Both the Chaplet and the prayer at the Hour of Mercy are privileged forms of Divine Mercy veneration which Jesus Himself provided to St. Faustina and with which He associated great promises, under the conditions of practicing the attitude of trust in God, that is, fulfilling His will and acting out of mercy toward our neighbors.

Find out more about the Chaplet and prayer at the Hour of Mercy

 

With over 625,000 views, the song performed by Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki was recorded as part of the #Hot16Challenge2. The aim of this action is to support the health system, but also, and above all, to bring the spiritual message of Divine Mercy closer to people. And the latter is happening, as evidenced by the voices of people calling and writing to the Łagiewniki convent, commenting online, and calling radio and television stations. An Italian version was also made. One of the many commenters says: Even though I am boycotting the rightness and truthfulness of religion (not the existence of God), I teared up listening to this, because you can see that these women really believe in what they do and in the omnipresent mercy in the world, which you simply have to want to see. I would so much want to be wrong in many of my beliefs, and such people are rebuilding my faith in something I have no idea about, something that I have tried to reject all my life. This is a miracle (Kongos).

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.

 

Recent months have seen further progress in the development of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock. Zakończono zadaszenie wieży i montaż stolarki zewnętrznej. Początek roku to również wykonanie połączenia dachów istniejących kamienic z kościołem. Obecnie na budowie trwają prace związane z elewacją kościoła i domu pielgrzyma. Ponadto rozpoczęto prace związane z wykonaniem instalacji elektrycznych i sanitarnych. Zamknięcie budynków stolarką,  dachem i wykonanie kompletnych elewacji wraz z kolorystyką to główny cel prac do końca 2020 roku. It is also planned to start works related to land development, 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
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ul. Kolegialna 14a

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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

On June 7, which is the 23rd anniversary of John Paul II’s first papal pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, an exhibition, John Paul II—the Pope of Mercy will be available in the lower part of the basilica.  It comprises photos (some never published before), and texts documenting the most important events in the life of St. John Paul II related to the proclamation of the message of Mercy to the world and those associated with Sister Faustina. The exhibition was prepared by Fr. Zbigniew Bielas, Sr. Elżbieta Siepak, O.L.M., and Małgorzata Pabis. The graphic design was developed by Piotr Jantos, and the organizers are the Rectorate of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and the John Paul II  Krakow Airport.

TVP3 a nationwide satellite broadcast daily prayer of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Kraków-Łagiewniki. The Shrine is where 83 years ago (in October 1937) Jesus revealed this form of Divine Mercy veneration in which we focus on the hour of His agony on the Cross. After a short prayer at the Hour of Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited in several languages, since the broadcast at www.faustyna.pl, the Faustyna.pl YouTube channel, and the Faustyna.pl application connect Divine Mercy venerators from all over the world. Also listeners of several Catholic radio stations participate in this prayerful practice.

Pray as much as you can for the dying, pray that they may put their trust in My mercy, for they are the ones most in need of trustfulness, but have it least of all (Diary 1777). These words that Jesus said to St. Faustina also refer to us because we can also save someone for eternity by saying with confidence the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for that person’s intention.

On the website: www.faustyna.pl in English, there is a form available for the exclusive use of submitting names of people who are actually dying. Other intentions should be sent using another form on our website: www.faustyna.pl In this form to submit names of the dying, write only the name of the person, without any additional words. Then, open your e-mail and confirm your submission by clicking the proper link in the e-mail. The name of the dying person is sent to three (3) people who support the dying by praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the decision not to celebrate Masses with the participation of the faithful, the National Shrine of St. John Paul II in Washington DC broadcasts daily Masses and daily prayer at the Hour of Mercy on it’s YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFTeh0aaqAA3-nAYAI7K6zA and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JP2Shrine/ On Mondays, this prayer is led by a priest from the Shrine, and on other days, this prayer is led by the sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy who have their ministry at the Shrine. In trustful prayer, we beg for all the graces needed for aching humanity during this time of trial. 

 

After several years of work at the publishing enterprise of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Misericordia, and www.faustyna.pl/en are publishing the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska in UK English. This translation of the Diary from Polish into British English was made by Teresa Bałuk-Ulewiczowa, born in the UK, speaker of Polish and English, first a graduate of London University and a doctoral student at the Jagiellonian University, and then a researcher and teacher at the university lecturing the art of translation) in collaboration with Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The work on the translation took several years. The translator admitted that the work on the Diary was perhaps the toughest challenge she had to face in her professional life. In the opinion of those who have already had the opportunity to read this rendering of the Diary, it is a unique translation, amazing in its fidelity and devotion to the subtleties connected with the mystical life of the Apostle of Divine Mercy.

The translation of the Diary into English will serve as a basis for translation into other foreign languages in the absence of translators with the appropriate mastery of Polish. The translation is released before the Feast of Mercy and the 20th anniversary of the canonization of the Apostle of Divine Mercy.

Patron Saints for 2020 – the Draw. Every year on January 1st, in the convents of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, a drawing of annual patron Saints takes place. The Diary tells us how important this was for St. Faustina. Her desire was to be accompanied and supported by Someone from Heaven on all her days of the new year. In the morning during meditation, she wrote, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that. When we came to refectory for breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn’t read the name immediately as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: “I am your patron”. Read. I looked at once at the inscription and read, “Patron for the Year 1935-the Most Blessed Eucharist.” My heart leapt with joy (Diary, 360).

With a patron Saint, each sister receives a prayerful intention and a message. Those involved in the draw also include priests, cooperators, members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” association, friends and members of the group “Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia” on Facebook. From January 1, 20017, also visitors at Faustina.pl can participate in the draw.

May the Patron Saints aid us, may they help us more and more fully; participate in the life and mission of Jesus; revealing the merciful love of God to the world!

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 2020:

February 22 – 10 years of broadcasting the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki by radio stations and online at www.faustyna.pl .

April 26-28 – 85th anniversary of the first presentation of the Divine Mercy image at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in Ostra Brama for public veneration.

April 30th – 20th anniversary of the canonization of the Apostle of Divine Mercy – St. Faustina.

April 30th – 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock, where the prophetic mission of St. Faustina began.

May 17th – 25th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cuba.

August 1st – 95th anniversary of the entrance of Helena Kowalska – St. Faustina – to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

August 25th and 27th – 115th anniversary of the birth and baptism of St. Faustina.

August 25th – 25th anniversary of the recognition of St. Faustina as the spiritual co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

September 13-14 – 85th anniversary of the revelation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Vilnius Antakalnis.

September 15th – 15th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Nižny Hrušov, Slovakia.

December 23 – 85th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk.

 

Due to the large number of people accessing the online broadcasts from the Shrine of Divine Mercy, the fee for Full HD video streaming from our provider has increased multiple times. The broadcast is available at www.faustyna.pl and via the Faustyna.pl application. We would like to continue making the video streaming available to everyone, therefore we kindly ask you for financial support, as the continuation of the broadcasting depends on this. Donations for this purpose can be paid on the following account:

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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.faustyna.pl and www.sanktuarium.faustyna.pl, is invited to join in this prayer.