On 2 August, at 10:00 am at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, 4 sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, after serving a two-year novitiate and making an eight-day retreat, will make their first vows before the Superior General, Mother Petra Kowalczyk. The ceremonies, taking place in the convent chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina will be presided Bishop Jan Zając. The ceremony will be attended by sisters from many convents of the Congregation and families of the sisters. During the first profession, sisters make vows of chastity, poverty and obedience to Jesus for a year, which are then renewed for five consecutive years. After this period, perpetual vows take place.
On August 1th, in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, 5 postulants will receive new names and costumes of novices (black dress and a white veil) after a first, ten-month period of religious life. They will begin another two year’s term of novitiate, after which they will be able to make their first religious vows. The ceremony of investiture takes place within enclosure, but a Mass for the intention of the sisters who begin their novitiate will be celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, at 11:00 am.
On July 26-29, in Prešov, Slovakia, a meeting of young Slovaks will take place in preparation for World Youth Day in Panama, in which Sr. Pavla and Sr. Jana Maria from the Hrušov community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will participate. During the event, the sisters – like members of other congregations – will have a tent where they will be proclaiming the beauty of the vocation to do service of God, and to carry the message of God’s merciful love for every human being.
The liturgical calendar includes compulsory commemoration of St. Mary Magdalene, who is the patroness of good change, on 22 of July. Since the beginning, this Saint is the patron of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, especially of the girls and women in need of moral regeneration, the education of whom is the main task of the sisters. Images and statues of Mary Magdalene are found in many convents of the Congregation. In the convent chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Lagiewniki, her the statue is located in the main altar which is dedicated to the patron saint of the Congregation – Our Lady of Mercy.
On July 22th, at the 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”. The event will begin at 9 pm with a Holy Mass, after which Sr. Donata will talk about having merciful eyes. A half-hour adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is planned additionally, and meeting over tea with an opportunity to discuss the theme of the evening in more depth. “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 July 10, the 16th “From Mercy to Mercy” Greater Poland’s Pilgrimage will depart from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Ostrów Wielkopolski for the capital of the Divine Mercy veneration in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The pilgrims will arrive on July 21. On the way, on July 16th they will be joined by more pilgrims from the Poznan Foot Pilgrimage to Jasna Góra, who will be extending their walking route beyond Czestochowa – to Krakow-Łagiewniki. Spiritually, they will be joined by listeners of Radio Rodzina from the Diocese of Kalisz.
On July 13, the 8th International Walking Pilgrimage will set off from Hidasnemeti (Hungary) across Slovakia to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. During the nine days, the pilgrims will make their way along a 275 km route through Kosice, Radatice, Pečowská Nová Ves, Plavnica, Piwniczna Zdrój, Gostwica, Tymbark and Brzączowice. The pilgrimage will reach Krakow on July 21 and will visit the Shrine of John Paul II to proceed to the Shrine of Divine Mercy at around 1 pm About 2 pm, Mass is scheduled. At 3 pm, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited in the chapel of the convent before the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina.
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
During the summer, the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy go on holidays too. Usually, they spend these days visiting their families or other convents of the Congregation. The younger sisters are happy to organize their stay at the retreat house of the Congregation in Zakopane’s Krzeptówki and Rabka, because they can also stay with members of their families there. What is more, they can make hiking trips from there. We would like to wish you all to make your holiday a time of restoration of your spiritual and physical strength.
On July 12, another cycle pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy will set off from the Shrine of Divine Mercy of the Archdiocese of Warsaw in Ożarów Mazowiecki. Pilgrims will cycle along a route with a length of 358 km during 5 days, visiting numerous shrines as they go: in Lewiczyn (Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation), Nowe Miasto (Shrine of Bl. Fr. Honoratius), Studzianna (Shrine of the Holy Family), Paradyż (Shrine of the Lord Jesus Suffering), Januszewice (Shrine of the Cross of the Lord Jesus), Włoszczowa (Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy), Dzierzgów (Shrine of Our Lady of Tears), Przeginia (Shrine of the Most Holy Saviour), Racławice (Shrine of Our Lady of Racławice), Paczółtowice (Shrine of Our Lady of Paczółtowice) and Czerna (Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Scapular and St. Fr. Raphael Kalinowski). They will arrive in the Shrine of Divine Mercy to see the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina on July 16.