This is the title of the book with lectures conferences, papers and essays by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, published by the Misericordia book company on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the birth of the Apostle of Divine Mercy in heaven. The content was presented at various congresses, theological symposia and all kinds of meetings in the last 10 years. Their subjects take up multiple motifs from a wealth of the spirituality Sister Faustina: exploring the mystery of the Mercy of God, the attitude of trust in God and mercy to one’s neighbors, prayer, sin, suffering, holiness, vocation to consecrated life, and the role of priests in the mission of proclaiming to the message of mercy to the world and the history of Divine Mercy veneration. The book is sold in stores at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and in the online store at www.misericordia.faustyna.pl.
Nieziemscy [Unearthy] is the title of the new album of Michał Niemiec, dedicated to Saints and Blessed. The album includes a hymn to St. Faustina with the words of St. John Paul II: “You, Faustina, a gift of God for our times”. In addition, prayers to other heavenly dwellers: St. Michael the Archangel, St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist, St. Lawrence, St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Philip Neri, St. Andrzej Bobola and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. One of the tracks on album is the Polish Litany of the Saints, written on the occasion of 100 years anniversary of regaining independence by Poland. The honorary patronage over the publication, which was issued by the Salvator publishing company, was taken, among others, by Abp. Marek Jędraszewski, the Metropolitan Bishop of Krakow.
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 eve of All Saints Day, which is the 156th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, at the Walendów convent, a ceremony of admitting seven new postulant sisters from Poland, England, Czech Republic and Slovakia will take place. General Superior, M. Petra Kowalczyk, will attend. The celebration will take place after the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Holy Mass in the intention of the postulants will be celebrated in the convent chapel at 6 pm. The celebrations will be preceded by a day of recollection in the lectio divina convention.
The period of postulancy is the first trial in religious life. It is intended, first of all, to gradually introduce new sisters into the life of the Congregation, and also to complement and extend their religious knowledge, to shape the culture of coexistence with others according to the etiquette, to develop the practice of natural virtues and to facilitate a closer familiarization with the life and apostolic mission of the Congregation. This is achieved through attending lectures and study, but also through prayer and work in the community of sisters.
On October 26-28, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a retreat for girls and young women will take place. The main theme of the event will be: “What should I do…?” from the Evangelical meeting of Jesus with the rich young man, who wants something more in his life, but is not able to make the right choice, because he fears he might lose something. The retreat will be provided by Fr. Mariusz Oldak and Sr. Greta Mizeracka who is responsible for the work of vocations in the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The program includes: Holy Mass, presentations, workshops, communal and personal prayer time and one-on-one consultations – all in an atmosphere of silence.
On 22 October, the 40th anniversary of the inauguration of the Pope of Mercy’s pontificate, 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”. It will begin at 7.00 pm with presentation of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Adoration and veneration of Merciful Jesus. The special guest will Prelate Vito Buonanno, who serves at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. In the reflection he will be sharing that evening, Father Buonanno will provide his thoughts on what is the most important in the teaching of John Paul II for young people. The meeting will conclude with refreshments and Q&A with the renowned Guest. “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 15-18, and 18-21 October in the Betania retreat house in La Falda, Córdoba, Argentina, series of retreats for Apostles of Divine Mercy will take place, entitled “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”. The retreats with Sr. Confida Gilera and Sr. Gaudia Skass from the Boston and Washington communities of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will be proclaimed by the Philippine Fathers, who are involved in the proclamation of Divine Mercy message in Argentina. Participants will arrive from different parts of Argentina, as well as from Bolivia, Chile, and Paraguay. The organizers expect about 600 participants, divided into three groups of approx. 200 people. Each of the sisters will provide four lectures. The program is very intense. Many of the participants have already been highly involved in the apostolate of mercy, but some are only learning about it.
In the evening of October 18th, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock’s Old Market, a formation congregation of superiors, assistants and masters of all stages of formation of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will begin. The convention will conclude on 20th of October. The sisters will also have the opportunity to see the progress in the construction of the Shrine at the site where the prophetic mission of St. Faustina started with the revelation of the image of Merciful Jesus and the Feast of Mercy together with facilities for pilgrims.
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 October 13th, in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Nižny Hrušov, Slovakia, will be held the day of recollection for members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” Association. It will be led by Fr. Roman Haško and Sister of the Hrušov community. The program includes: Holy Mass, prayer and Agape. The day of recollection is organized on the occasion of the 80the anniversary of Sister Faustina’s birth in heaven.