1 November 1862
February 22-24, 1996
1st International Congress of Apostles of Divine Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Cracow-Łagiewniki. Theme: Apostolic Movement of Divine Mercy.
October 7-9, 2005
2nd International Congress of Apostles of Divine Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Cracow-Łagiewniki. Theme: Bring the Fire of Mercy.
October 2-5, 2008
3rd International Congress of Apostles of Divine Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Cracow-Łagiewniki. Theme: School of Mercy of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II.
October 5, 2008
The Congregation’s new website www.faustyna.pl is launched. On the website the entire “Diary” of St. Faustina (in PDF format with certified protection of text integrity) is made available.
1 September 2009
Establishment of Youth Educational Center in Kalisz, in place of the Special Purpose School and Education Center closed on 31.08.2009.
February 22, 2010
Start of radio broadcasts of the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Shrine of Divine Mercy (both from the Convent Chapel and the Basilica) by the following radio broadcasters: Radio Warszawa, Radio Niepokalanów, Radio Rodzina, Wrocław, Radio Podlasie, Radio Nadzieja, Radio Ain-Karim, Radio Faustyna and the website: www.faustyna.pl
August 1, 2011
Launching of the apostolic work “Perpetual Chaplet” on the website www.faustyna.pl Through this initiative, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed 24h. Internet users from many countries daily join the prayers of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
October 1-5, 2011
2nd World Congress of Divine Mercy WACOM. Theme: Mercy as the Source of Hope.
October 15, 2011
The pilgrim copy of the famous miraculous Image of the Divine Mercy begins its peregrination together with the Relics of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II through the parishes of the Cracow Diocese. Conclusion: June 29, 2013.
February 22, 2012
The Congregation begins an apostolic service in a public Facebook Group: Shrine of Divine Mercy.
June 30, 2012
Unveiling of the memorial plaque in honor of Congregation’s Foundress Mother Teresa Eva Sułkowska Countess Potocka (of the Sułkowski princes) at the Church of St. Anne in Wilanów. Warsaw. The plaque commemorates the stay and prayer of the Foundress in Wilanów, as well as the first requiem Mass that was celebrated there beside the Foundress coffin. Joseph Cardinal Glemp former Primate of Poland celebrated Mass and unveiled the plaque. Also on this day, the gravesite of the Congregation in Powązki, Warsaw was blessed after thorough renovation. The mortal remains of Mother Teresa Potocka as well as close to 90 sisters rest there.
August 26, 2012
The first house of the Congregation in Tavrijsk, Ukraine opens upon the invitation of Bishop Bronisław Biernacki of the Odessa-Simferopol Diocese. First superior: Sr. M. Alberta Perkowska.
August 31, 2012
The Congregation closes its work in Prague.
1 September 2012
Transfer of the postulate from the General House in Warsaw at Żytnia Street to Walendów.
October 25, 2012
Eucharistic Celebration on the occasion of the Congregation’s Jubilee is held in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw. The main celebrant of the Mass, Bishop Wojciech Polak, Secretary of the Polish Episcopate blesses a memorial plaque commemorating the Baptism of the Congregation’s Foundress – Mother Teresa Ewa from the princely line of the Sułkowskis and Potockis.
October 28, 2012
Holy Mass on the occasion of the Congregation’s Jubilee (broadcasted by Polish Radio) is celebrated at the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw with Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio to Poland presiding.
November 1, 2012
150th Anniversary of the Establishment and Work of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Metropolitan Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz was the main celebrant of the grand jubilee celebration in Warsaw on Żytnia Street. During the celebration at the Parish Church of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina (former Chapel of the Congregation), the Cardinal blessed the memorial tablet commemorating the time when Mother Teresa Potocka, Foundress of the Congregation, and S. Faustina Kowalska, Spiritual Co-Foundress stayed in this place. Also on the occasion of this special day, Holy Mass at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Cracow-Łagiewniki was celebrated and broadcasted by TVP with Bishop Jan Zając presiding.
November 1, 2012
A gigapixel image of the famous miraculous Image of the Merciful Jesus painted by Adolf Hyła and found in the Shrine of Divine Mercy Convent Chapel is made available on the website: www.faustyna.pl Photo courtesy of Piotr Tumidajski.
February 15, 2013
The www.faustyna.pl website begins its online video broadcast from the Chapel at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Cracow-Łagiewniki where the famous miraculous Image of the Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina are found.
February 22, 2013
Beginning of the work called “Chaplet for the Dying” that uses internet and cellphones as means to instantly communicate information about who is dying and for whom to pray.
April 18, 2013
The Congregation becomes board members of the His Land, Inc in Lakeville, MA 02347, USA.
May 18, 2013
Congregation’s Jubilee Pilgrimage to Rydzyna – place where Foundress Mother Teresa, from the princely line of the Sułkowskis and Potockis, spent her youth and childhood. The Metropolitan Archbishop of Poznań Stanislaus Gądecki was the main celebrant of the solemn Jubilee Mass. About 300 sisters, priests, wards of the Congregation’s center for girls, Faustinum members and invited guests participated.
August 31, 2013
The apostolic service of the Congregation in Sieradz in the Diocese of Włocławek closes.
September 7, 2013
Opening of the Convent in Ełk (Diocese of Ełk). First Superior – Sr. Marlena, Anna Robak.
September 14, 2013
The pilgrim copy of the famous miraculous Image of the Divine Mercy begins its peregrination together with the Relics of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II through the parishes of the Tarnów Diocese. Conclusion: June 10, 2015.
November 16, 2013
The Jubilee celebrations of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy conclude at the Shrine in Cracow-Łagiewniki with Cracow Metropolitan Archbishop Stanislaus Dziwisz presiding.
December 8, 2013
The contemplative part of the community in Świnice-Warckie becomes a strict cloister. First Superior: Sr. M. Saula, Teresa Firer.
1 January 2014
The establishment of the Mother Teresa Potocka Special Purpose Educational Center for socially maladjusted girls in Wroclaw.
May 26, 2014
Blessing and Opening of the “St. Faustina’s House” near the Convent at Dvur Kralove nad Labem in Czech.
August 31, 2014
Apostolic service of the Congregation in Bratislava, Slovakia closes.
October 3-5, 2014
4th International Congress of Apostles of Divine Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Cracow-Łagiewniki. Theme: St. John Paul II – Apostle of Divine Mercy.
October 5, 2014
Facebook page: Faustyna2016 in three languages (Polish, English and Spanish) begins. Faustyna2016 Blog also begins as part of preparations for World Youth Day.
May 17, 2015
Sr. Filipa Bąk and Sr. Filipina Szwed depart for apostolic service to Cuba after attending almost a year of preparation at the Center for Missionary Formation in Warsaw.
Works start on the property of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Plock at the Old Market Square to build a new church: the Shrine of Divine Mercy, designed by Jacek Jaśkowiec. In 2000, at this site of historic revelations St. Faustina had in the convent, the Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy was established by Bp. Stanisław Wielgus.
June 22, 2015
Archbishop Stanislaus Gądecki signs the decree that lifts the Chapel of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Kierkz to the rank and title of Shrine of St. Faustina.
September 20, 2015
The pilgrim copy of the famous miraculous Image of the Divine Mercy begins its peregrination together with the Relics of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II through the parishes of the Bielsko-Żywiec Diocese.
4 May 2016
The XVII General Chapter starts in Derdy. On 12 May, the General Superior M. Petra M. Kowalczyk is entrusted the service for a second term. Sister M. Gracjana Szewc is elected Vicaress General. The following Sisters are elected to the General Council: Sr. Agnieszka Piechnik, Sr. Miriam Janiec and Sr. Natalia Wideł. The office of the General Treasurer is held for the next six years by Sr. Benedykta Stefaniak.
26-31 July 2016
World Youth Day in Krakow. The patrons of WYD were St. Faustina and St. John Paul II. Before the meeting in Krakow, young people from 187 countries visited various dioceses, and during the WYD they come to the Łagiewniki Shrine of Divine Mercy to pray at the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of the Apostle of Divine Mercy.
30 July 2016
Pope Francis visits the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki during the WYD. He prays at the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, and listens to confessions in the Basilica.
31 July 2016
Visitation to the Shrine of Divine Mercy by the grace-famous image of Our Lady of Kalwaria after the meeting with Pope Francis and WYD volunteers in the Tauron Arena center.
17 October 2016
On this day, Sr. M. Donata Farbaniec, and Sr. M. Guide Skass go to the USA to start a permanent ministry at the National Shrine of St. John Paul II in Washington. Sister. M. Donata Farbaniec becomes the first Superior.
18 July 2017
Three sisters: Sr. Solange Pereira (a Brazilian, who served in Poland for 20 years) as Superior, Sr. Christofora Jagla, and Sr. Hieronima Kuta go to Rio de Janeiro to set up a new house of the Congregation in Brazil and start a permanent ministry there to proclaim the message of Mercy by deed, word and prayer.
23 April 2017
Bishop Rafał Markowski consecrates the Church of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina in Warsaw at Żytnia Street and reads the decree from Kazimierz Cardinal Nycz on the establishment of this church as a Shrine of Sister Faustina. Until the Warsaw Uprising (1944), the church was the chapel of the house of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
1 May 2017
At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, at the tomb of St. Faustina, Ottavio Vitale, R.C.I, Bishop of the Diocese of Lezhë in Albania, grants ordination to diacon Michał Adam Nowak of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus on the anniversary of St. Faustina’s perpetual vows.
31 August 2017
Completion of the 15 years of ministry (2002-2017) by the Congregation in Jerusalem, at the Collegium Biblicum Franciscanum at Via Dolorosa in the Old Town and the Shrine of the Flagellation of the Lord Jesus. At that time, the Sisters published the Diary of St. Faustina in Arabic, in addition to minor publications, and they organized celebrations in honor of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina in Jerusalem, prayed for the Mercy of God in the Holy Land and the whole world.
16 September 2017
Bishop Marek Marczak consecrates a new convent of the Congregation in Lodz, at Krośnieńska street. In this house, owned by her uncle Rapacki, Helena Kowalska—future St. Faustina—lived at the turn of 1922/1923. A chapel is established on the ground floor, in the apartment. Sister Benedetta Flak becomes the first Superior of the new community of the Congregation.
30 September 2017
Centenary of the apostolic ministry of the Congregation in Radom’s Church of Our Lady of Mercy, with the participation of Bishop Henryk Tomasik, the head of the Radom Diocese, many priests and residents of the city. After Holy Mass, a conference entitled “100 years of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Radom” takes place.
5 November 2017
Activity launched in a newly built catering and trade pavilion for pilgrims, the so-called “Green Passage”, which houses the Home of St. Faustina Restaurant, gift shops and the “Misericordia” publishing establishment.
Just before Christmas, renovation of the convent at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, which lasted for several years, is completed. With the support of the Department of Culture and National Heritage of the City of Krakow, the Social Committee for the Restoration of Monuments of Krakow, the Church Fund, Donors, and the Congregation itself, all the exterior walls of the convent buildings regained their original beauty after more than 120 years.
22 March 2018
Completion of the renovation of the convent chapel of the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. New electrical installations, sound system, security system are installed, along with illumination and restoration of all altars, paintings, statues and wall paintings.
8 May 2018
150th anniversary of the Congregation in Krakow. Holy Mass in the Church of Divine Mercy at Smoleńsk Street (the first house of the Congregation). On May 19, celebration is held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki with the participation of Archbishop Edward Nowak from the Vatican, many priests, parents of Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, the city authorities with the City President, Prof. Jacek Majchrowski, district authorities, representatives of the Ministry, the Board of Education, municipal services, benefactors, donors and friends of the Congregation. A scientific session entitled “From mercy to Mercy” is held with a book publication, Holy Mass presided over by Bishop Jan Zając. Lunch and a special arts program follow.
1 August 2018
Broadcast of the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki is launched by the first foreign TV station (from Italy), which uses the on-line stream from www.faustyna.pl. Since January 1, 2018, full on-line transmission has been available on cable television in Poland, and since 2013—from 11 radio stations in Poland and the USA. The video stream is also available in the Faustyna.pl application for Android (since April 2016) and iOS (since October 2017).
sr. M. Elisabeth Siepak ISMM
Translated by Orest Pawlak
Od 2011 roku: s. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM
Od roku 2016: Karolina Socha Duśko