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We would like to dedicate these words of St. John Paul II to all benefactors and donors of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, as their cash donations and personal involvement in their apostolic work bring a gift to the world: the message of Mercy, which Jesus entrusted to St. Faustina. Particularly, we would like to thank, here at this website, those who support it and who participate in the works which are implemented through it, especially the “Chaplet for the Dying” and the on-line video streaming from the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. We pray daily for all donors and benefactors, recommending their intentions to the Divine Mercy through the intercession of St. Faustina.

 

On August 18, devotees of Divine Mercy will come to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki as part of the 6th National Pilgrimage organized on the anniversary of the consecration of the Divine Mercy basilica and entrusting the world to God’s Mercy by St. John Paul II. Holy Mass in the Shrine will take place at: 7.00 am, 8.30 am and 7.00 pm (chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina), 9.00 am, 10.30 pm, 12.00 pm, 1.30 pm, 3.20 pm and 6.00 pm (the basilica). The program of the pilgrimage also includes presentations in tents on the square in front of the basilica and films screening. For more information, visit the Shrine’s rectorate’s website: www.milosierdzie.pl.

August 17th is the 17th anniversary of the entrustment of the world to Divine Mercy by Pope John Paul II during his last pilgrimage to Poland at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. After the consecration of the basilica, the Holy Father uttered words in which he entrusted the fate of the world and every human being to God, the Father rich in Mercy. These words became a daily prayer not only for the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and the pilgrims coming to the Łagiewniki Shrine, but also to millions of people in the world.

God, Father of Mercy,
Who revealed Your love in your Son, Jesus Christ,
And poured it upon us in the Holy Spirit the Comforter,
today we entrust to you the fate of the world and every human being.
Look upon over us sinners,
heal our weakness,
overcome all the evil,
let all the inhabitants of the Earth experience Your Mercy,
In You, the Triune God,
we have always found a source of hope.
God, Father of Mercy,
for your painful torment and the Resurrection of Your Son
have mercy on us and on the whole world.

As on every third Saturday of the month, the Hrušov Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will participate in prayer for families in the church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Vysoká nad Uhom on August 17. The village was the home of the 15-year-old Slovakian, Blessed Anna Kolesárova, beatified in 2018. As each month, the meeting will start with prayer at the Hour of Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and prayer for families. Moreover, the program includes: Way of the Cross, the Rosary, Mass, and Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

On 10-19 August, Sr. Pavla of the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will take part in the pilgrimage from Michalovce to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Spišská Nová Ves. The pilgrimage is organized by Pallottine fathers and sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, who will lead prayers for the pilgrims along the 145 km route.

On August 10 (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 6-8 of August, in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Nižny Hrušov, a retreat for young women will be held. The theme of the event will be Please, change me. The retreat will be hosted by Fr. Josef Kohut and Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

On August 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 252 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: kobietajestboska@gmail.com or through the fanpage of the “Kobieta jest boska” (Woman Is Divine) formation group.

On August 5, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of the Snows, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy celebrates its patronal feast, honoring its Patroness – the Mother of Mercy Incarnate. On this day, the election of Mary as the heavenly Superior General of the Congregation has been traditionally renewed since in 1937, in the form of a special, ceremonial prayer. Saint Faustina wrote in her Diary: I saw the Virgin Mary and She said to me, Oh, how very pleased I am with the homage of your love! And at that moment She covered all the sisters of the Congregation with Her mantle. With Her right hand, She clasped Mother General Michael to herself, and with Her left hand she did the so to me, while all the sisters were at Her feet, covered with Her mantle. Then the Mother of God said hen the Mother of God said, Everyone who perseveres zealously till death in My Congregation will be spared the fire of purgatory (Diary, 1244). This day is the anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the oldest church in the West dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Pope Sixtus III, to celebrate the end of the stormy Council of Ephesus (431 AD), which declared the dogma of the divine motherhood of Mary (Theotokos), introduced the feast of the Mother of the Son of God, which was first celebrated in this particular basilica, and with time, successive Popes expanded it to the whole Church. Today, the liturgical calendar of the Church contains the memorial of Our Lady of the Snows, commemorating the miracle associated with the rise of the basilica, and this name is functioning in the minds of the faithful. Therefore, the first circumstance of the establishment of the feast of Mary as Mother of the Son of God – Mercy Incarnate, has been forgotten. For more information about Mary the Mother of Mercy, Her title, worship and iconography in the Church and Congregation, follow the link: Our Lady of Mercy.

 

 

On 1-4 August Sr. Donata and Sr. Gaudia of the Washington community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will participate in the annual meeting organized by the Vietnamese community at the Marian shrine in Carthage, Missouri. It is the main prayerFUL meeting for thousands of Vietnamese living in the US, Canada, and Australia, who have been making pilgrimages to the Shrine since 1978. The Sisters will be sharing about the spiritual heritage of St. Faustina as recorded in her famous Diary, which has been available in Vietnamese for many years now. The Vietnamese faithful know the message of Mercy, but they desire to constantly deepen their knowledge of it, hence the invitation for the Sisters. The Sisters will deliver presentations, but they will also await those willing to meet them in person in a special pavillion. They will be answering personal questions of the faithful and also pray with them.

 

 

On July 27, a novena before the feast of the Patron of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, which falls on August 5, will start. During the novena, the Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy is sung or recited. In this prayer we ask Mary to defend us from our enemies, accept us at the hour of death and beg for the Mercy of her Son for us. In the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, the novena is celebrated on weekdays at 7 pm, while on Sundays at 6:30 pm. The words of the Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy.

 

 

On Saturday, August 3th 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 Tadea Dobrucka 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.

On 2 August, at 10:00 am at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, 1 sister 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 Father Artur Ciepieklski. The ceremony will be attended by sisters from many convents of the Congregation and families of the sisters. During the first profession, sister 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 1st, it will be 94 years since Helena Kowalska, known throughout the world under her religious name of Sister Faustina, joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Despite explicit instructions from Jesus to go to Warsaw and enter a convent to begin monastic life, her way to start following her vocation was not easy. As she wrote in her Diary, she knocked on the doors of many convents, but she was accepted nowhere. It was only in the convent at ul. Żytnia in Warsaw that she received an approval to join, but not before she spends a year working as a maid to earn a modest dowry. Finally, on August 1st, 1925 she stepped over the threshold of the closure, and wrote in her Diary: I felt immensely happy; it seemed to me that I had stepped into the life of Paradise. A single prayer was bursting forth from my heart, one of thanksgiving (Diary, 12). She then spent 13 years in many convents of the Congregation, fulfilling simple duties, and at the same time leading a very deep spiritual life. The Lord sent St. Faustina to the world to remind people of the Biblical truth about the merciful love of God to each human being and call them to proclaim it with a new power of witness, deed, word and prayer.

 

On August 1th, in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, 2 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.

 

“I betroth you to Jesus Christ”. These are the words that 2 sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will hear from Bishop Michał Janocha, who will preside over the perpetual vows ceremonies at the Shrine of St. Faustina in Warsaw at Żytnia street on July 28th at 11 am. The vows of chastity, poverty and obedience will be made in the presence of the Superior General, Mother Petra Kowalczyk. The ceremony will be attended by sisters from many convents of the Congregation, priests, families and friends. It will be one of the most important days in the lives of these sisters, the Congregation and the Church—the espousal of God and the human soul.

On 22-25 July, the Hrušov community of the Congregation of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and the provost of the parish of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, Fr. František Petr, organize a Summer day camp for children aged 6+. The program includes: games, fun, music and, of course, communal prayer.

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.

 

“I betroth you to Jesus Christ”. These are the words that five sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will hear from Bishop Stanislav Stolárik from the Rožňav Diocese, who will be presiding over perpetual vows ceremony at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Košice, Slovakia, on July 21 at 10:30 am. The vows of chastity, poverty and obedience will be made in the presence of the Superior General, Mother Petra Kowalczyk. The ceremony will be attended by sisters from many convents of the Congregation, priests, families and friends. It will be one of the most important days in the lives of these sisters, the Congregation and the Church—the espousal of God and the human soul.

On July 10, the 17th “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 12, the 9th 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 20 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.

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.

 

July 16 is the 153th anniversary of the death of Mother Thérèse Rondeau, the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in France (Laval), and co-founder of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. She was born on October 6, 1793 in Laval, France. She was christened Theresa Agatha. Under the influence of her confessor, Fr. J. Chanon, S.J., Theresa undertook working with penitent women, that is to say women in need of deep moral renewal and willing to change their lives. In order to prepare better for this work, in 1818 she moved to Bordeaux, where Mother Teresa de Lamourous ran a house for penitent women, which was called “Mercy”. After a two-month stay, Theresa Rondeau made private vows and returned to Laval to become the foundress of a new work, independent from Bordeaux, and in time this became the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in France. Mother Teresa Potocka, née Ewa Sułkowska, who later became the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland, adopted the spirituality of the French Congregation and their way of conducting apostolic work. Mother Teresa Rondeau died on 16 July 1866 and was buried within the grounds of the Congregation in Laval; her tomb is in a garden belonging to the convent. Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland has named a co-founder. The spiritual co-founder of the Congregation is St. Faustina Kowalska.

On 9-13 July in Derdy near Warsaw, a retreat for Divine Mercy venerators will take place, especially directed to volunteers and members of the Faustinum Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy. It will be led by Fr. Sławomir Czajka, Sr. Emanuela Gemza and Sr. Maria Faustina Ciborowska from the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. The subject of the retreat is associated with the words of Jesus recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina: I was your Master, I am and I will. The attendees can learn how to follow in the footsteps of Merciful Jesus, to more fully unite with Him in their lives and mission of revealing the merciful love of the Heavenly Father to the world.

 

 

On July 13 (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.

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 July at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.kobietajestboska.pl

On July 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 240 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: kobietajestboska@gmail.com or through the fanpage of the “Kobieta jest boska” (Woman Is Divine) formation group.

 

On 6 July falls the 138th anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa Ewa nee Sułkowska, Countess Potocka, the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. Is it a small thing to save one soul, she wrote. This idea guided her life and work, which she established to rescue women and girls in need of deep moral renewal (“the Magdalenas”). The Congregation later gave to the Church and the world the trasure that was Sister Faustina, apostle of Divine Mercy who is now recognized as its spiritual co-founder. Mother Teresa Potocka died in the palace of Wilanów. Her mortal remains rest in the tomb of the Congregation at the Powązki cemetery in Warsaw. We do not call her a saint, because only the Church has the right to give that title, said Fr. Zygmunt Golian, her spiritual director, in the funeral speech. However, let our efforts at work, for which he was ready to give her life, prove her sanctity. More information about the life and work of Mother Teresa Potocka can be found here.

Under this title, an exhibition where you can see portraits of children saved from abortion will open on July 2 in the church of Our Lady the Lonely in Camaguey, Cuba. The exhibition is maintained by the project Esperanza project, whose members include Sr. Filipa from the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cuba. The premise of the exhibition is to show the beauty of creation, which is human life and nature, and to promote the PRO VIDA activities in the diocese of Camaguey.

On 28-30 June, there will be a retreat for members and volunteers of the ‘Faustinum’ Association from Slovakia. The theme will be ‘The Eucharist as our life’. The event will be held in Dolný Smokovec, the Slovak Tatra Mountains. It will be given, on the basis of the Holy Scripture and the Diary of St. Faustina, by Fr. Roman Haško and Sr. Clareta Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.