On 2 August, at 11:00 am at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, four 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 by Fr. Krzysztof Kowal, a La Salette priest. 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.
August 1st is the 92nd anniversary of the entrance of Helena Kowalska – St. Faustina – to the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw at ul. Żytnia. She described this day in her Diary: “At last the time came when the door of the convent was opened for me – it was the first of August , in the evening, the vigil [of a feast] of Our Lady of the Angels. 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, 17). Now the prayer of thanksgiving for the gift of her life, the vocation and the prophetic mission of proclaiming the message of God’s merciful love to the world by witness of life, deed, word and prayer comes not only from her mother Congregation, which has regarded her as its spiritual founder, but by all apostles of Divine Mercy in the world.
On August 1th, in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, four 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 11:15 am.
During evening devotions in all the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, the Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus is sung or recited in July. Reflection on the words of this litany can help us better understand the price of God’s Mercy that we experience every day in salvation and sanctification. At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, evening devotions are celebrated on weekdays at 7:00 pm (except Thursdays). You can also participate in the services online, thanks to the live video srteaming at faustyna.pl.
On 22-29 July, there will be another round of retreats for the sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. This time it will be devoted to God’s love based on the foundations of Ignatian exercises and will be led by Fr. Lesław Ptak, S.J. In addition to the preofessed sisters, novices and postulants will participate in the retreat.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to express gratitude to all those who support the www.faustyna.pl website, which is available in 7 languages, as well as all the apostolic works, which are on the run, especially the “Chaplet for the dying” and on-line transmission of the Shrine of Divine Mercy. Thanks to the apostolic work, commitment and financial support of many people through this work we carry the gift of the message of mercy to the world and provide specific assistance to people who are in the direst need. For this support, we respond with prayer, which we direct to Divine Mercy through the intercession of St. Faustina in the intentions of all Benefactors and Donors.
Under such motto, on July 22nd, in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Nižny Hrušov, Slovakia, there will be a retreat for women. In the program: introduction to the meditation of Fr. Andrej Valent, O.C.D., Holy Mass, Sister Jana Maria’s conference “Mercy is greater than sin”, prayer in the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, time for personal prayer, testimonies, and sharing Divine Mercy experiences. Applications by July 19th on the e-mail: sr.jana.milosrdenstvo.sk, tel. no.: 0907 464 479.
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 21st, on behalf of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Sr. Leonia Ostrowska from the convent in Tavriysk in Ukraine will present the relics of St. Faustina to the Church of Divine Mercy in Mushkutyntsi, the parish of Dunaivtsi, the Province of Khmelnytsky. On this occasion, she will share the Message of Mercy as recorded in the Diary, and the faithful after, the Eucharist and the adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, will have the opportunity to honor the relics of the Apostle of Divine Mercy.
On July 10, the 15th “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, accompanied by the slogan “Go and Preach”. 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.