August 25th is the 22nd anniversary of the recognition of Saint Faustina as the spiritual co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. The decision was made on the 90th anniversary of her birth at the convent of the Sisters at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki under the leadership of the then Superior General, Mother Paulina Słomka. After prior discernment among theologians and pastors of the Church, at the end of the night vigil in front of the grace-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina, Mother General spoke the words of the act, in which she confessed, among others: Holy Sister Faustina … you are not only a renewal of the spirituality and charism of our Congregation, but also its spiritual co-founder. What God did in your life, fulfilling the works of Mother Teresa Potocka and Mother Teresa Rondeau, and what He allowed us to read, we are glad to acknowledge, thankful to the Mercy of God for the great things that have taken place in you and through you in our Congregation. Sister Faustina received the charism of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world with action, word and prayer, or to nurture this essential evangelical value, the mercy of God and human mercy. Not only did she enrich the charismatic heritage of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, which was founded by countess Mother Teresa of nee Sułkowski Potocka to save fallen women, but also the Church, beginning with the Apostolic Movement of Divine Mercy (the “new congregation” which Jesus desired to be founded) and bringing a new school of spirituality based entirely on the mystery of Divine Mercy to its history. The first heirs of St. Faustina were the members of the Congregation to which she belonged, therefore, John Paul II during his pilgrimage to Krakow-Łagiewniki in 1997, said: Dear Sisters! There is an extraordinary calling for you. By choosing the Blessed Faustina from among you, Christ made your Congregation a guardian of this place, and at the same time He called for a special apostolate of His mercy. Please, take this work. Today’s man needs your preaching of mercy; he needs your works of mercy and he needs your prayers for mercy. Do not neglect any of these dimensions of the apostolate. The full text of the act of recognition of St. Faustina as the spiritual co-founder of the Congregation is read in every community of the Congregation every year on October 5th, the day of her liturgical feast.
On August 25th, the anniversary of the birth of St. Faustina Kowalska, at her Baptismal Shrine, the 9th “Merciful Nights” Festival of Songs will be taking place. It is attended by various teams from the Lodz Province, teams with special care children among them. The festival concert will start at 12.00 pm. The patron of the event is the Marshal of the Province of Lodz, Witold Stępnia, and it is organized by the Commune Culture Center in Świnice Warckie in cooperation with the Shrine.
August 25th is the 112th birthday of Helena Kowalska – St. Faustina, known throughout the world of the Apostle of Divine Mercy. She was born as the third child in the family of Marianna and Stanisław Kowalski in the village of Głogowiec. The certificate of baptism states that she was born about eight in the morning, and on that year, it was a Friday. Sister Faustina’s mother – Marianna née Babel – recalled that she had sanctified her womb, because the earlier births nearly cost her life, but her subsequent children were born without problems. She said about Helena: “Blessed child, dearest daughter.” Sister Faustina, in turn, constantly thanked God for her parents, God-fearing, righteous and diligent people who brought up their children in a spirit of faith and love of God and other people. Today, the birthplace of the Apostle of Divine Mercy belongs to her Baptismal Shrine, and remains under the care of the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy’s convent in Świnice Warckie. The place of her birth is visited by pilgrims not only from Poland, but also other countries in the world, who travel along the trail of her life.
On August 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 Evening will start at 7.00 pm with presentation of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Adoration and veneration of Merciful Jesus. Sister Gaudia will give a conference on trust. 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 20th August, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, the third National Pilgrimage of Venerators of Divine Mercy will conclude. It will start on Sunday after August 17th, the anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica by St. Pope John Paul II in 2002. Holy Mass will be celebrated at: 7.00 am, 9.00 am, 10.30 am, 12.00 pm, 1.30 pm, 3:20 pm and 6.00 pm. Solemn High Mass at 3:20 pm will be celebrated by Archbishop of Krakow, Marek Cardinal Jędraszewski. The program of the pilgrimage also includes presentations in tents on the square in front of the basilica, film screening and a concert entitled “Jesus, I trust in You!” at 7 pm. For more information, visit the Shrine rectorate’s website: www.milosierdzie.pl.
On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of entrusting the world to God’s Mercy by St. John Paul II, a special concert will be held under the title “Jesus, I trust You” on 19th August, in the basilica of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, dedicated to the memory of Card. Franciszek Macharski on the first anniversary of his death. The concert will be performed by: Halina Frąckowiak, Maleo Reggae Rockers, Józef Skrzek and Symphony Orchestra of the Shrine of Divine Mercy directed by Krzysztof Michałek, PhD, and will be hosted by Dominika Figurska and Michał Chorosiński. You can pick up your invitation at the information center next to the basilica.
In the summer months, during the holidays, the numbers of visitors who join the works of “Chaplet for the Dying” and “Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy” at www.faustyna.pl are not decreasing. On the contrary, they are growing! Thanks to these works, the call for “mercy on us and the whole world” is being made constantly, day and night, every day. Participants in this prayer are located in dozens of countries, including Canada, the US, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Colombia, Panama, Ukraine, Switzerland, Australia and England. Those who would like to join in this prayer can feel free to fill out the proper form.
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 12-18 August, Sr. Pavla of the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and a group of parishioners will take part in the pilgrimage of Michalovce to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Spišská Nová Ves. This is the second pilgrimage on this 145 kilometers-long route. The pilgrims will pray for the mercy of God for their loved ones, for the Church, for Slovakia and for the world.
August 17th is the 15th 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.