The liturgical calendar includes compulsory commemoration of St. Mary Magdalene, who is the patroness of good change, on 22 of July. Since the beginning, this Saint is the patron of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, especially of the girls and women in need of moral regeneration, the education of whom is the main task of the sisters. Images and statues of Mary Magdalene are found in many convents of the Congregation. In the convent chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Lagiewniki, her the statue is located in the main altar which is dedicated to the patron saint of the Congregation – Our Lady of Mercy.
On July 22th, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., Sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will be hosting another “Evening with Merciful Jesus”. The event will begin at 9 pm with a Holy Mass, after which Sr. Donata will talk about having merciful eyes. A half-hour adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is planned additionally, and meeting over tea with an opportunity to discuss the theme of the evening in more depth. “Evenings with Merciful Jesus” are organized for young people who want to follow in the footsteps of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II to discover a new quality of life in friendship with Merciful Jesus.
On July 10, the 16th “From Mercy to Mercy” Greater Poland’s Pilgrimage will depart from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Ostrów Wielkopolski for the capital of the Divine Mercy veneration in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The pilgrims will arrive on July 21. On the way, on July 16th they will be joined by more pilgrims from the Poznan Foot Pilgrimage to Jasna Góra, who will be extending their walking route beyond Czestochowa – to Krakow-Łagiewniki. Spiritually, they will be joined by listeners of Radio Rodzina from the Diocese of Kalisz.
On July 13, the 8th International Walking Pilgrimage will set off from Hidasnemeti (Hungary) across Slovakia to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. During the nine days, the pilgrims will make their way along a 275 km route through Kosice, Radatice, Pečowská Nová Ves, Plavnica, Piwniczna Zdrój, Gostwica, Tymbark and Brzączowice. The pilgrimage will reach Krakow on July 21 and will visit the Shrine of John Paul II to proceed to the Shrine of Divine Mercy at around 1 pm About 2 pm, Mass is scheduled. At 3 pm, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited in the chapel of the convent before the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina.
Traditionally on every third Friday of the month at 5 pm, Divine Mercy Holy Mass is celebrated at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki for the intention of our Country and the whole world, and also for the intentions of all benefactors and donors supporting the Łagiewniki Shrine and the works carried out by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. After the Mass, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited to Lord Jesus present in the Holy Sacrament. This devotion was initiated during World War II on the third Sunday of the month by Fr. Joseph Andrasz, S.J., the Krakow confessor and spiritual director of St. Faustina, and moved to third Friday of the month by the Krakow Metropolitan Bishop Franciszek Macharski. You can join in this prayer online at www.faustyna.pl
On July 12, another cycle pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy will set off from the Shrine of Divine Mercy of the Archdiocese of Warsaw in Ożarów Mazowiecki. Pilgrims will cycle along a route with a length of 358 km during 5 days, visiting numerous shrines as they go: in Lewiczyn (Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation), Nowe Miasto (Shrine of Bl. Fr. Honoratius), Studzianna (Shrine of the Holy Family), Paradyż (Shrine of the Lord Jesus Suffering), Januszewice (Shrine of the Cross of the Lord Jesus), Włoszczowa (Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy), Dzierzgów (Shrine of Our Lady of Tears), Przeginia (Shrine of the Most Holy Saviour), Racławice (Shrine of Our Lady of Racławice), Paczółtowice (Shrine of Our Lady of Paczółtowice) and Czerna (Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Scapular and St. Fr. Raphael Kalinowski). They will arrive in the Shrine of Divine Mercy to see the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina on July 16.
July 16 is the 152th anniversary of the death of Mother Thérèse Rondeau, the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in France (Laval), and co-founder of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. She was born on October 6, 1793 in Laval, France. She was christened Theresa Agatha. Under the influence of her confessor, Fr. J. Chanon, S.J., Theresa undertook working with penitent women, that is to say women in need of deep moral renewal and willing to change their lives. In order to prepare better for this work, in 1818 she moved to Bordeaux, where Mother Teresa de Lamourous ran a house for penitent women, which was called “Mercy”. After a two-month stay, Theresa Rondeau made private vows and returned to Laval to become the foundress of a new work, independent from Bordeaux, and in time this became the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in France. Mother Teresa Potocka, née Ewa Sułkowska, who later became the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland, adopted the spirituality of the French Congregation and their way of conducting apostolic work. Mother Teresa Rondeau died on 16 July 1866 and was buried within the grounds of the Congregation in Laval; her tomb is in a garden belonging to the convent. Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland has named a co-founder. The spiritual co-founder of the Congregation is St. Faustina Kowalska.
“I betroth you to Jesus Christ”. These are the words that five sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will hear from Bishop Rafał Markowski, who will preside over the perpetual vows ceremonies at the Shrine of St. Faustina in Warsaw at Żytnia street on July 15th at 11 am. The vows of chastity, poverty and obedience will be made in the presence of the Superior General, Mother Petra Kowalczyk. The ceremony will be attended by sisters from many convents of the Congregation, priests, families and friends. It will be one of the most important days in the lives of these sisters, the Congregation and the Church—the espousal of God and the human soul.
On July 14 (Saturday), a monthly meeting of the Sychar community at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will take place. At 5 p.m., in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the intention of married couples who are experiencing problems and are in danger of falling apart, followed by a meeting in the “Faustinum” hall. In this intention – of married couples in crisis – the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy hold daily Rosary prayer at 8.30 pm at the Łagiewniki Shrine.
On 6-8 of July, in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk, a retreat for women will be held with the motto: “Woman is Divine – Discover your divine beauty”. It will be led by Fr. Łukasz Grelewicz, the “Woman is DIVINE” community and Sisters from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk.