In 2018, at the construction site of the Płock Shrine of Divine Mercy at the Old Market Square, where the prophetic mission of St. Faustina started with the revelation of the image of Merciful Jesus, the third stage of the project by architect Jacek Jaśkowiec continued. The entire reinforced concrete structure of the church and the pilgrim’s house has been completed, as has the roof over the presbytery and the pilgrim’s house, along with ca. 50% of the façade. Currently, construction works on the facade are underway, and successively, windows and doors are being installed. The roof truss above in the main nave of the church is also being built. In November 2018, the construction of partition walls in the basement of the church and the pilgrim house was also started.
Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy who are involved with this construction would like to thank for everyone for the prayers and financial support thanks to which the work has not stopped, but is still proceeding. In the Płock Shrine, the Sisters entrust all donors, benefactors and other supporters in the daily prayer to Merciful God. Donations for the construction of the Płock Shrine of Divine Mercy can be paid onto the following bank account:
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During every evening Mass in February, the Litany of St. Faustina will be sung or recited in all chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Consideration of the antiphons from this Litany is a way to better understand who the Apostle of Divine Mercy is for the Lord and for ourselves, along with her unusually rich spiritual heritage and her prophetic mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world. At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the evening Mass will be celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina every day at 7:00 pm (except Thursdays).
On 16-18 February, Sr. Donata and Sr. Veritas from the Washington community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will meet with the faithful in the Polish parish of Our Lady of Consolation in Brooklyn, New York City, run by Polish Salvatorian priests. Based on the spiritual legacy of St. Faustina, the sisters will give conferences in Polish and English on Divine Mercy – God’s response to the suffering of the world, and The Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist as the way to the fullness of life. They will also lead the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
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 2018, 350 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.
February 15 is the name day of Sister Faustina and the liturgical memorial of her Vilnius spiritual director, Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko. The Shrine of Divine Mercy will celebrate the Saint with morning Mass in her intention at 6:30 am, as is the custom of the Congregation. The intention is thanksgiving for the graces received by St. Faustina in her earthly life and for those the Congregation, the Church, Poland and the world were granted through her intercession and asking that she show the merciful love of God to all and support trust in Him along with the attitude of being good neighbors in us. Broadcast at www.faustyna.pl. Anyone can submit their prayer there as well as provide the gift of prayer, which an act of true mercy toward our neighbors, or another spiritual gift.
In 2018, the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, who are the sole custodian of the relics of St. Faustina, sent 146 particles of these relics (130 ex ossibus relics – from bone – and 16 from her habit) to 38 countries around the world. In Europe, the Apostle of Divine Mercy in the sign of her relics traveled to 20 countries, 4 in the Americas (USA, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina); 5 African ones: Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon and Central African Republic; on top of 12churches in 9 Asian countries: Philippines (5), China (4), India (2), Israel, Lebanon, Indonesia and Australia.
Sister Faustina in the sign of her relic is now present in 126 countries on all continents, in 5,399 churches, shrines or chapels, where Divine Mercy is revered in a special way.
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
On the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes (11 February), we will be celebrating the World Day of the Sick. On this occasion, the Shrine of Divine Mercy will host major diocesan events for patients and their caregivers. In the basilica, at noon, solemn Holy Mass combined with anointing of the Sick will be celebrated by the Archbishop of Krakow, Archbishop Marek Jędrszewski. The live broadcast of the ceremony will be available at the Shrine Rector’s website: www.milosierdzie.pl.
You can download a file “Jesus’ message of Mercy” at Faustyna.pl for the non-commercial spread of the message of Mercy, which St. Faustina provided us with in her Diary. It contains the most important words of Jesus recorded by the Apostle of Divine Mercy. The pdf file has been translated into 15 languages. In 2018, it was shared 1186 times via faustyna.pl. The Spanish version was downloaded by the most (509) people, Polish by 230, English by 178, French by 151, Italian by 56, German by 44 and Russian by 18. In many cases, more than one language version was downloaded by the same individual.
On February 8-10, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the first Diocesan Youth Meeting will take place in the spirit of this year’s WYD in Panama. The motto of the meeting will be Mary’s words: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word.” During these days, the conferences will also be preached by Sr. Gaudia and Sr. Veritas of the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The young participants will have many opportunities to get closer to God through sacraments, adoration, conferences, community building, listening to testimonies, communal prayer and many other activities.
On February 9 (Saturday), a monthly meeting of the Sychar community at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will take place. At 5 p.m., in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the intention of married couples who are experiencing problems and are in danger of falling apart, followed by a meeting in the “Faustinum” hall. In this intention – of married couples in crisis – the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy hold daily Rosary prayer at 8.30 pm at the Łagiewniki Shrine.
On Saturday, February 9th this year, at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the silver anniversary of the religious profession of Sister Taida Ryba will be celebrated. At 11:00 in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a solemn Holy Mass will be celebrated with the renewal of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience by the Jubilarian, whose outer sign is a silver ring with the engraved name of Jesus. Sisters in the remaining convents of the Congregation, as well as the Family and persons entrusted with apostolic work will join in the prayer of thanksgiving for the gift of the Jubilarian and in her intentions.
Under this motto, on February 9th at 3 pm in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at ul. Krośnieńska 9 in Lodz, another In Sister Faustina’s home meeting will take place. It will begin with a short prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the chapel, followed by a color and passionate talk from Ryszard Bonisławski, regionalist, journalist and Polish senator, who will introduce us to the city of Lodz, where St. Faustina lived before entering the convent. At that time, Lodz was the second largest city in Poland in terms of population, a multi-religious, multicultural city, full of textile manufactories and human hopes for a better life. The Apostle of Divine Mercy lived there for over 2 years, among others, at ul. Krośnieńska, where the convent is now located. Since 2005, Sr. Faustina has been the Patroness of the City.
On February 8, as on every eighth day of the month, the community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk will support married couples praying for offspring. Already over 700 married couples from Poland, Italy, France and the USA have enlisted for the prayer and 157 of them are already expecting children, with many more already enjoying parenthood. Intentions asking for prayer for this purpose (names of married couples) can be sent by email at: email@example.com or through the fanpage of the “Kobieta jest boska” (Woman Is Divine) formation group.
The Polish woman of the century poll organized by the Polish Confederation of Women has been closed. The voting was a conclusion to the celebration of the centenary of Polish regained independence. Among the 23 women whose extraordinary life stories and roles they played in the life of the Polish nation and the world history, St. Faustina Kowalska, apostle of Divine Mercy recognized on all continents, received the most votes. Nearly one-fifth of the people participating in the poll voted for her. The second highest number of votes was received by Danuta “Inka” Siedzikówna, followed by Dr. Wanda Półtawska. The aim of the poll was to inspire people to explore the history of the wonderful women, without whom the history of Poland would look completely different. “They, the beautiful, the faithful and the brave, brought up the next generations, teaching them to love God and Poland, and to respect tradition, by providing daily, humble examples of work and fidelity to the professed principles”, the organizers wrote.
The “Woman is Divine” community and Fr. Andrzej Wiecki – its spiritual director and sisters of the Gdańsk community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy cordially invite married couples trying to conceive to Adoration of Merciful Jesus with a prayer for healing, which will take place on 8 February at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.kobietajestboska.pl
The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki received over 564,100 prayer requests in 2018. The intentions refer to prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy celebrated in honor of the Mercy of God by intercession of St. Faustina on Thursdays at 5 pm. These include over 78,500 prayers of gratitude for graces and earthly blessings experienced thanks to trustful prayer to Jesus the merciful and the powerful intercession of Sister Faustina. They were submitted by mail, e-mail, telephone, at the convent gate and at the faustyna.pl website (form available under the “Intencje” tab). In addition, at faustyna.pl, visitors have left 380 testimonies. 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).
The Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and apostles of Divine Mercy following in the footsteps of St. Faustina and those participating in her mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world by testimony of life, deed, word and prayer, will celebrate and commemorate a few important anniversaries in 2019:
90th anniversary of the ministry of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Biała, where St. Faustina ministered temporarily when she was staying in Plock.
90 years’ anniversary of St. Faustina’s stay in Vilnius, Warsaw’s Grochów and Kiekrz, St. Faustina’s places of residence.
85th anniversary of the painting of the first image of Merciful Jesus in Eugeniusz Kazimirowski’s studio in Vilnius.
75 years of the dedication of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image by Adolf Hyła in Krakow-Łagiewniki.
August 22 – the 25th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in the Czech Republic.
On 1-3 February at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the sisters will participate in a course entitled “New Life”. It will be taught by Fr. Rafal Jarosiewicz, Sr. Anna Maria Trzcińska and Sr. Emanuela Gemza from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, Magdalena Plucner, Magdalena Halak, and Jakub Bartkowiak from the School of New Evangelization in the diocese of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg. The retreat will be attended by more than 80 nuns from 17 religious congregations.
On February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church. On this occasion, we can learn more about the gift of God’s mercy that is the vocation to live according to the values of chastity, poverty and obedience. It is a day of thanksgiving for each call to religious service and for the many gifts with which institutions of consecrated life have been bestowed. The Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, thanks to the gifts received from the founder, Mother Teresa Potocka and the spiritual co-founder, St. Faustina Kowalska, are participating in the life and salvific mission of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the merciful love of God towards every human being by the witness of their lives, deeds, words and prayers. Priests and the laity also participate in this spirituality and apostolic mission of the Congregation in various ways. In particular, members and volunteers of the Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy, „Faustinum”, who come from more than 90 countries worldwide, are involved in this mission.
The formation meetings of venerators and volunteers of the “Faustinum” association in Slovakia this calendar year are connected with drawing patrons for 2019. The meetings will be hosted by the Sisters from the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.
On Saturday, February 2, the meeting in Písek in the Czech Republic will be hosted by Sr. M. Clareta Fečová.
On February 2rd, sister of Hrušov and Košice communities of the Congregation of our Lady of Mercy will take part in a meeting of consecrated persons in Košice, Slovakia. The Mass at 9.30 am at the Dominican fathers’ church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated by Abp. Bernard Bober. In addition, the following are planned: presentation, debate, testimonies of consecrated persons and a common agape.
Peter and Judas. Two stories and God’s mercy, is the motto of the retreat for priests which will take place on 27-31 January 2019 at the Shrine in Krakow-Lagiewniki. It will be provided in the lectio divina dynamics by Fr. Krzysztof Wons, S.D.S., a retreat leader, spiritual director, Director of the Center for Spiritual Formation in Krakow, lecturer in theology of spirituality. Lectures on the spirituality of St. Faustina (first and last day) will be given by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak, O.L.M., author of numerous publications on the life and mission of St. Faustina as the spiritual co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In the atmosphere of wilderness and complete silence, prayerful contemplation of the Word of God, including the spiritual experience of St. Faustina, the participants of the retreat will be given an opportunity to explore and experience the mystery of God’s Mercy, to be able to proclaim it with power to the world, using the promise of Jesus recorded in the pages of the Diary of Sister Faustina. To priests who proclaim and extol My mercy, I will give wondrous power; I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they will speak (Diary, 1521). The retreat will be provided in Polish, without translation. Detailed information and registration at: www.faustinum.pl
From 30 September to 6 October 2019, in Poland’s Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the 3rd International Days of the Apostles of Divine Mercy will take place. The event will be dedicated to prayer and formation work. The theme of the meeting will be: “I have loved you with My eternal love”. The lectures will be translated only into English, Spanish and French only. The meeting will be attended by bishops, priests and lay people who are dedicated to the spirituality of Mercy and the charism of St. Faustina Kowalska, including volunteers and members of the “Faustinum” Association of Apostles of the Divine Mercy, representatives of the ministries of Divine Mercy in Poland and other countries as well as from parishes which host relics of Sr. Faustina.
Applications should be sent to the organizers (The “Faustinum” Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy) until January 30, 2019. For detailed information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Such is the title of the theatrical play based on the Diary of St. Faustina and directed by Adam Woronicz. The play will be staged at the Oratorium Theater in Warsaw (Kawęczyńska 53), on 7 January at 7 pm. The play revolves around, as its creators say, “the story of a young girl who leaves her whole behind her to follow the voice she hears in her soul. She enters a path where she meets Someone out of the ordinary. Someone whom she will love with her life”. The following actors will perform: Aleksandra Posielężna, Karol Górski and Piotr Bondyra. The music was written by Daria Grzegorz. The play is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Polish Episcopal Conference, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and others. Ticket reservation: e-mail email@example.com; tel. no.: +48 504 307 407. The amount to be paid for the ticket is a voluntary donation.
During every evening Mass in January, the Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus will be sung or recited in all chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Consideration of the antiphons from this Litany is a way to better understand who the Son of God, the One embodied to save and sanctify us, is. At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the evening Mass will be celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina every day at 7:00 pm (except Thursdays).
Such is the intent of the January 26 meeting held by the youth ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., along with the John Paul II National Shrine, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary and the Catholic University of America (CUA), Panama in the Capital. Thousands of young people who will not be able to go to Panama will gather in Washington, D.C., the US capital, in order to unite in prayer, to share their faith with their peers, listen to lectures and to express the joy of being a Christian! They will also be able to listen to the live broadcast of a meeting with Pope Francis in Panama and learn about the culture of this country. The event will be attended by sisters of the Łagiewniki community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.
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 January 22nd. The meeting will start at 7.00 pm in the chapel with the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina in its usual rhythm, ie., with the WORD. The renowned guest will be Fr. Marcin Ciunel from the Congregation of the La Salette missionaries, biblical scholar, preacher and rector of the Seminary of La Sallete priests in Krakow. The lecture will be followed by ADORATION and WORSHIP of Merciful Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. After the Holy Mass, there will be time for COMMUNITY over tea. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at at www.faustyna.pl
On January 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 host another Evening with Merciful Jesus. The meeting will start at 7.00 pm with presentation of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Adoration and veneration of Merciful Jesus. A presentation on the Eucharist in the life and teaching of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II will be delivered by Sr. Gaudia Skass who announces: This great mystery of our faith was at the center of the lives of both of these great Polish saints.We can learn a lot from them.It will be a joy to share this treasure with young people in the USA! 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.
In 2018, 134 400 users accessed the Diary of St. Faustina in Polish and other languages at www.faustyna.pl. In the same year, full translation of the Diary was made available also in Italian. All language versions are now available also for tablets and smart-phones. Daily quotations from the Diary have been subscribed by almost 1360 – in Polish, Spanish, German, English, Italian and Russian. Many users have also accessed the Diary Concordance function available in Polish.