For several years, sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and the faithful venerators of Divine Mercy from around the world have been able to participate in our Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy at www.faustyna.pl. In 2016, 2,646 from dozens of countries joined in this perpetual prayer. Thus, day and night, the incessant cry “have mercy on us and on the whole world” could be heard under the throne of God. We at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki would like to thank all those involved in this great work from the depth of our hearts and commend you all to the Mercy of Jesus through the intercession of St. Faustina.
The super-high quality digital reproduction of miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki was viewed at our website by almost 77,600 users in 2016. The digital image was downloaded for non-commercial purposes by over 470 users from 50 countries: USA, Germany, Chile, Poland, Italy, Brazil, Croatia, Slovenia, England, Canada, Urugay, Argentina, France, Australia, Slovakia, Spain, Norway, Colombia, Mexico, Burkina Faso, Austria, India, Equador, Switzerland, Bolivia, Romania, Philipines, Russia, Venezuela, Panama, Ghana, Ukraine, Lithuania, Honduras, Serbia, Kongo, Lebanon, Madagascar, Hungary, Ireland, Kameroon, China, Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Ivory Coast, Lichtenstein, Puerto Rico and Portugal.
The online video broadcast from the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki allowed almost 390,000 unique users to pray with us in 2016. On average, 1056 individuals beefits from this service. The video and sound has been broadcast by the American company Livestream and financially supported by donors. The Congregation would like to offer our heartfel gratitude to the donors, who are entrusted in our prayers to Divine Mercy.
The convent at the Shrine of Divine Mercy has received a record number of thanksfor received graces (69,334), along with a record number of requests (as many as 771,986). They were submitted by mail, e-mail, telephone, at the convent gate and at the faustyna.pl website (form available under tab: “Intencje”). In addition, at faustyna.pl, visitors have left 520testimonies. They speak of their experiences of the loving presence of God and His action in the various stories of human lives, and they also build the faith of those who read them. The only vessel for experiencing these graces is confidence expressed in the fulfillment of God’s will. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, Jesus said to St. Faustina, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is My desire to give much, very much (Diary, 1578).
In 2016, our mobile application for Android has been prepared and made available at www.faustyna.pl. The application has 7 language versions: Polish, English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Russian. It contains news, photo reports, on-line transmission from the Shrine of Divine Mercy and the most important topics related to spirituality and mission of St. Faustina. In 2016, the application was downloaded by almost 14,300 people. 5,900 users have remained active. In 2017, by the effort of the Congregation, the application will be prepared also for iPhones.
At www.konkurs.faustyna.pl, the results of the school National Knowledge Contest about St. Faustina have been published. Students of junior and senior secondary schools who have acquired the required number of points have been admitted to the regional stage of the competion, which will take place on February 28th. On April 7th, the final stage will take place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy. The winners and finalists of the National Knowledge Contest about St. Faustina will receive very attractive prizes: admission to universities in Warsaw, Krakow and Torun, a three-day pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Faustina, book prizes and diplomas. The competition is organized by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in collaboration with the Faculty of Theology of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University. The honorary patronage over the contest is held by the rector of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Fr. Prof. Stanisław Dziekoński, PhD, and 20 press titles, radio and television stations are the media patrons.
In the interest of pilgrims coming to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, with the help of many people and companies, especially the Zibet company from Myślenice and our many donors, has prepared and opened a new facility, which is located at the parking lot behind the Basilica. The “House of Faustina” has a restaurant, a cafe, shops and toilets… in a word, everything that people need when they are traveling. It was dedicated on November 5th and is now open to pilgrims. Those serving the visitors will include sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, but also lay people. Let this ministry shine with the beauty and richness of merciful love exemplified by St. Faustina.