Under such motto, on May 12th at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a three-day retreat for young women will begin. It will be led by Fr. Piotr Łapiński from Kracow, Sr. Koleta Fronckowiak from the Krakow community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and Daria Pietrzak, a psychologist from Warsaw. In the program: conferences, prayer, Holy Mass, workshops… everything in the atmosphere of tranquillity and silence. The retreat can only be attended by those who have previously applied and been accepted.
In Krakow, on May 14th (Sunday), an annual procession in honor of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr will walk from the Wawel Hill to the monastery of Skałka (the place of his martyrdom). This beautiful procession dating back to the thirteenth century, is attended by bishops, priests, various male and female religious congregations, parish delegations from the entire archdiocese of Krakow, including some wearing regional costumes, and many other faithful. Traditionally, in the sign of their relics, patrons of Poland are also following: St. Stanislaus, St. Adalbert and other Polish saints, among them St. Faustina, who has participated in this national procession for many years.
On May 14th, Sr. Inga of the Boston communiyt of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will meet with Confirmation youth at the convent to pray together for their vocation, talk about consecrated life and the history, mission and spirituality of the Congregation that gave St. Faustina to the Church and the world – a great mystic, prophet, secretary and apostle of Divine Mercy.
Prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki has been broadcast daily by Radio Alex from Zakopane since Maundy Thursday. The prayer from the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina has already been broadcast for years by Catholic radio stations in Poland: Radio Warszawa, Radio Rodzina Wrocław, Radio Niepokalanów, Radio Ain-Karim, Radio Nadzieja, Radio Podlasie, Radio Jasna Góra and Radio Faustyna. It is also retransmitten for the Polish diaspora by the Chicago-based Internet radio SiedeM.net. Also Internet users worldwide join in the prayer, at www.faustyna.pl, which streams live video broadcasts from this place.
This is the motto of the monthly retreat at the Shrine of Divine Mercy organized for young people and devoted to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Just as before the World Youth Day, the meetings will be led by honorable guests invited from across Poland and the world: renowned bishops, cardinals and leaders of Christian communities. During each of the meetings, selected Polish communities and movements who have been asked for a testimony will be presented with a short presentation of the charism. Another meeting will take place already on May 13th (Saturday) in the basilica. The following activities are planned: at 4.30 pm, prayer, an interview with our Guest and a testimony of a community leader; at 6.00 pm, Holy Mass; about 7.30 pm, a conference from our special Guest, followed by a prayer vigil. The special guest on this day will be Michelle Moran from Great Britain, president of the Catholic Reformation in the Holy Spirit and member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the En Christo community. This will be the last in this series of meetings.
On May 10th, the prayer of Mary’s Appeal will open the 9 pm annual night vigil of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at Jasna Góra. It will be attended by sisters from many convents in Poland and abroad. The subject of conferences, reflection, community and personal prayers is connected with the anniversary of the revelations of Fatima commemorated in the Church. In the program: conference, midnight Mass, prayerful reflection centered around the theme of saving lost souls in the message of Our Lady of Fatima and Jesus’ message of mercy recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina.
The “Misericordia” publishing house has issued a beautiful album dedicated to the youngest Shrine of Divine Mercy in Slovakia, which was created in less than 4 years at the top of Mount Butkov and in Ladce. The text authored by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, Z.M.B.M., shows the historical background and objects of religious worship on the 11th floor of the stone quarry at the top of Mount Butkov: a monumental cross, monuments of St. John Paul II and St. Faustina, the chapel of Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross and the Church of Divine Mercy in Ladce. Along with construction works, a living community of people, devotees of God’s Mercy, was built, as they made communal or individual pilgrimages to that place on the annually organized celebrations in May and September. Their testimonies and beautiful photos perfectly illustrate the climate of this remarkable Shrine in the Diocese of Žilinská kotlina, whose main sponsor is the CEO of cement plant in Ladce, Anton Barcík, Eng. The album was published in four languages: Polish, Slovak, English and German.
The community of the sisters of Our Lady of Mercy from Gdansk, on the initiative of the Gdansk formation group called “Kobieta jest boska” (“Woman is Divine”), undertook to support families trying to conceive with prayer and sacrifice on the 8th day of each month. The initiative was launched in February, and already in March the sisters had the opportunity to learn how many couples are struggling with fertility problems. As many as 43 couples asked for their prayerful support. All who wish to receive the prayerful support from the sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk in relation with to their fertility issues or ask for it for the sake of their loved ones may send the names of couples by email to: email@example.com or through the Facebook page of the KOBIETA JEST BOSKA formation group at https://www.facebook.com/Kobieta-jest-BOSKA-447266535664684/?fref=ts.
The Misericordia publishing company of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has released a new translation of St. Faustina Kowalska’s Diary into French, prepared by Ewa Optołowicz and Agnieszka Gueur. The work on this translation and theological consultation took several years. The book, in full and pocket size, is available for purchase in the official Misericordia stores at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki and in the online store at: www.misericordia.faustyna.pl.
On May 8 we will be celebrating the 149th anniversary of the establishment, by Mother Teresa Ewa Countess Potocki nee Sułkowski, of the first house of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow. The sisters became involved in the education of girls and women in need of deep moral renewal, first in the „House of Mercy” at the Church of Divine Mercy at Smoleńsk street, and then in the convent at the crossroads of Zwierzyniecka and Straszewskiego (now occupied by Hotel Radisson). Since 1891, the convent’s house has been in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Today, the sisters are performing more than their original work, being also involved in the mission of St. Faustina to proclaim the message of Mercy to the world. They do this not only at the Shrine of Divine Mercy among the pilgrims from around the world, but also through many new works: the Association of Divine Mercy Apostles „Faustinum”, the publishing company „Misericordia”, the quarterly magazine „Orędzie Miłosierdzia”, the website available in 7 languages, the online broadcasts from the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, the perpetual Chaplet, the Chaplet for the dying, presence in the media, social networking, visits to parishes in Poland and abroad, participation in symposia and conferences devoted to the Mercy of God and the heritage of St. Faustina, etc. Their ministry, even the most implicit, includes the proclamation of the message of the merciful Love of God to man.