Under this motto, a retreat for the families of the sisters from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will take place on May 25th at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. It will be led by Fr. Piotr Wieczorek, associated with the “Mamre” Family Covenant Community, who conducts monthly meetings devoted to prayer and evangelization at the Carmelite fathers in Krakow and ministers intercession; and by Sr. Diana Kuczek from the Łagiewniki Shrine.
On May 26th (Saturday), after a communal prayer in the Basilica of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at 7:30 am, the 10th Pilgrimage to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska will begin. The pilgrims will make the distance of 33 km on foot. They will visit the churches of Mary Queen of Poland in Krakow’s Nowy Ruczaj and in Rzozów, and the church of the Most Holy Trinity in Przytkowice as they go. The arrival to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is planned at 6:45 pm. After a Holy Mass, they will return to Krakow by buses.
The nearest “Łagiewniki 22”, which is a monthly meeting of young people at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, will be held on May 22 at 7 pm. In the beautiful month of May during the “Łagiewniki 22”, Sr. Emanuela announces, we would like to learn from Mary how to be a witness of Mercy. We will be aided by our renowned Guest, namely, Fr. Dominik Chmielewski, S.D.B., a vocational pastor, serving at the Salesian Seminary in Ląd nad Wartą. The Father runs a community for men, named Warriors of Mary. He provides retreats in many places in Poland and in the world. After the WORD, the most important part of the evening will begin: ADORATION – time for a personal meeting with Jesus, followed by time for COMMUNITY with a cup of tea for everyone and an opportunity to talk to the our Guest. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at faustyna.pl.
On May 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 presentation of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Adoration and veneration of Merciful Jesus. It will be the second meeting during which the participants will deepen their understanding of mercy towards others. St. Faustina writes that we are the most like God namely in mercy done to our fellow people. The May sermon will look at how she made herself more like the merciful God in her daily life, in her relationships with people, Sr. Gaudia who will deliver the presentation, announces. Mike Corsini from New York City will provide the musical background to the Adoration. 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.
On May 19th at 9 pm a prayerful vigil before the feast of the Pentecost will begin at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. We will gather in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, which will become the Cenacle. Together with Mary, the Mother of Mercy, we shall be asking the Holy Spirit for the Light, Power and Graces for us, the Holy Church, our Country and the entire World. The vigil will end with Holy Mass at midnight. You can join in this prayer online at faustyna.pl where it will be broadcast.
Under this motto, a conference dedicated to the 150 years of the activity of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will take place on May 19th at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. This anniversary conference will be organized by the Department of History and Cultural Heritage of the John Paul II University in Krakow and the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. A book under the same title will be published by the Misericordia book company. It will contain all the papers presented during the conference along with archival and modern photographs showing people, places, and the service of the sisters in Krakow.
On May 8 we will be celebrating the 150th 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.
The publishing company of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Misericordia, has published a beautifully edited little book, Różaniec ze św.Faustynąw Skalnym Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia [Rosary with St. Faustina at the Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy]. The contemplations of the mysteries of the rosary have been prepared on the basis of quotations from the Scripture and the Diary of St. Faustina and illustrated with beautiful images, usually classics of European painting. The A6 format book is available in two languages – Polish and Slovak – and has been released on the occasion of the consecration of the sculpture of Our Lady at Mount Butkov for the pilgrims visiting the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Slovakia.
On May 19th (Saturday), annual May celebrations will take place at the Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy in Slovakia. Bishop Tomáš Galis, pastor of the Diocese of Žilina, will be presiding at the Mass on Mount Butkov at 3.30 pm. Some pilgrims will first appear at the foot of Mount Butkov to enter the site of the celebration at the cross from beneath, along the Stations of the Cross. At 3.00 pm, sisters from the Congregation of our Lady of Mercy from Slovakia and from the convent at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will lead prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Before the Mass, the Bishop will consecrate a new, monumental statue of Our Lady of Mercy. It will be another object on Mount Butkov after the Cross, monuments of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II and the Chapel of Divine Mercy. All the participants of this ceremony will receive little book, Różaniec ze św.Faustynąw Skalnym Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia [Rosary with St. Faustina at the Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy], published by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy’s “Misericordia” publishing company in Polish and Slovak.
On May 16th, in the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Prešov, Slovakia, a “Day of Divine Mercy” will be held. Sister from both communities of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Slovakia will take part, the ones from the Košice and Nižny Hrušov, together with members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” Association. The program includes: Holy Mass, two presentations: “Of God’s and human mercy”, by Fr. Miroslav Lišek and “The God of St. Faustina” by S. M. Benediktína Fečová, O.E.M., adoration and prayer at the Hour of Mercy and chaplet of Divine Mercy.