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.
On 6 July falls the 137th anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa Ewa nee Sułkowska, Countess Potocka, the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. Is it a small thing to save one soul, she wrote. This idea guided her life and work, which she established to rescue women and girls in need of deep moral renewal (“the Magdalenas”). The Congregation later gave to the Church and the world the trasure that was Sister Faustina, apostle of Divine Mercy who is now recognized as its spiritual co-founder. Mother Teresa Potocka died in the palace of Wilanów. Her mortal remains rest in the tomb of the Congregation at the Powązki cemetery in Warsaw. We do not call her a saint, because only the Church has the right to give that title, said Fr. Zygmunt Golian, her spiritual director, in the funeral speech. However, let our efforts at work, for which he was ready to give her life, prove her sanctity. More information about the life and work of Mother Teresa Potocka can be found here.
On 2-5 July, the retreat house of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Zakopane’s Krzeptówki will become the place of reunion for the Sisters who made their first vows of chastity, poverty and obedience 10 years ago (3 August 2008) at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Today, the Sisters serve not only in the various convents across Poland, but also in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United States. The program includes: a day of recollection given by Fr. Jerzy Gonta, S.D.B., a hike in the mountains and a visit to the Shrine of our Lady of Fatima.
From June 29 to July 1 in Kopytovska Dolina in Slovakia, a day of recollection will be held for 50 university students who travel to the north and west of Romania during the summer vacation to proclaim the message of God’s merciful love. The retreat according to the spirituality of St. Faustina will be given by Sr. M. Benediktína Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.
From October 1 to 5, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, “Apostles’ of Divine Mercy Days” will take place. All members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy are invited to participate, along with all those interested in formation in the spirit of the charism of St. Faustina in Polish and Slovak.
The meeting will have a prayerful and formative character, and its theme will be the words: “I loved you with eternal love.” Daily Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, biblical presentations given by a highly respected retreat giver Fr. Krzysztof Wons S.D.S., as well as conferences on the spirituality of St. Faustina presented by the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy are planned. The schedule also includes a „Concert of praise” and testimonies. On October 5, participants will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the death of St. Faustina, especially during the solemn Eucharist, presided over by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, Metropolitan of Cracow.
On June 29th, the 137th anniversary of the death of Mother Countess Teresa Ewa Potocka nee Sułkowska, the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, sisters of the many convents will meet for prayer in Wilanów. In the Church of St. Anne, they will be giving thanks for her gift to the Congregation and the Church and will visit the place of her death – the Wilanów Palace.
On June 27nd (Wednesday), a train with the national pilgrimage from Hungary will arrive at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. At 11 am, in the Basilica, a solemn Mass will be chaired by the Metropolitan of Krakow, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, and concelebrated by bishops and priests from various dioceses of Hungary. The pilgrims will pray at the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and revere the relics of St. Faustina, and a message of this holy place in Hungarian will be provided by Sr. Hedvig Ulicna from the Krakow community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. The pilgrimage will end with prayer at the Hour of Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a pastoral blessing.
In June, during the evening worship, the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is traditionally sung in churches in Poland. This is also true for the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, this takes place in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina. The June devotions are celebrated every day at 7:00 pm and at 6:30 pm on Sundays and other holidays.
Between 22-24 June, in Detva, Slovakia, there will be a retreat for girls from the age of 15 up under the motto “A meeting with…”. It will be led by Fr. Pavol Lojan, Sr. Jana Maria, and Sr. Ludmila from the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.
On June 22th, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., a day of recollection will take place. Sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will be hosting another “Evening with Merciful Jesus”. The Evening will start at 7.00 pm with the presentation of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Adoration and veneration of Merciful Jesus. It will be another meeting during which the participants will deepen their understanding of mercy towards others. The renowned Guest of the evening will be Samuel Vasquez, a PhD student at the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C., who will continue the considerations inspired by the prayer of St. Faustina, “Help me, oh Lord…” His presentation will focus on loving words. At the end, the young participants will meet over tea. “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.