Helena Kowalska came to Lodz in 1922 and spent nearly 2 years in this city. Walking in her footsteps, you have to visit a few places that were important in her life. First, the house at Krośnieńska 7, where she lived with her uncle Rapacki’s family, which today is a convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and a meeting place for many people. Nearby, there is the famous ‘Wenecja’ park (today smaller, and called the Słowacki park), that remembers the vision of Jesus suffering, which the young Helena Kowalska had there. This was the place from which, after her interrupted dance, she went from to the Cathedral of St. Stanislaus Kostka, where she heard Jesus’ words calling her to go to Warsaw and enter a convent. The house at ul. Abramowskiego 29, where Helena Kowalska lived and worked as a housekeeper of Mrs. Marianna Sadowska-Wieczorek who owned a grocery shop on the ground floor, also still exists. The young Helena Kowalska must have set off from the Łodz Fabryczna train station to Warsaw in late June or early July of 1924. In 2005, already as a Saint, Sister Faustina returned to Lodz at the invitation of city council, to take patronage over the city. Her beautiful monument is located in front of the church dedicated to her and presents her as a person begging for God’s Mercy for the city and the world. Learn More.