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Fulfilling the request of the Lord Jesus to pray with the words of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to constantly implore for “mercy on us and on the whole world”, the spiritual work of Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy is underway at Faustina.pl, in which people from all continents are invited to participate. In order to say this unique prayer that Jesus taught us through St. Faustina even just once, fill in the declaration form. Jesus associated great promises of granting all graces and temporal favors if they comply with the will of God, which means that they are good for us in our earthly and eternal lives, with trustful recitation of this prayer. Thanks to the involvement of people from different parts of the world, the call “have mercy on us and on the whole world.” can constantly echo before the face of God and the grace, blessing and goodness of God can be flowing through this channel also to us, our families, countries and the whole world.

The work of Perpetual Chaplet has been reprogrammed by our IT team and given a new layout. Its new version is already available at Faustyna.pl in 7 languages. We would like to encourage you to enter into this work. Just click on the green word “Subscribe” and fill out the short form, in which you must specify when: on which day, time, and for how long you declare the recitation of the Chaplet. Together we can implore more from God, and today mankind and the world need the experience of the merciful love of God the most.

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 from the adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. 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. After the conference, 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

The forthcoming Evening with Merciful Jesus at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC, this time will be held in on January 22. Sister from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will host the event. Sister Gaudia will deliver a conference about the brave St. Faustina and her methods of a fighting spiritual battle with the enemy of our salvation and the weaknesses of human nature and tainted by the original sin.

The meeting will start at 7 pm in front of the image of the Merciful Jesus with prayer with the words of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. After the speech, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will take place. At the end, refreshments will be available. The young will meet to discuss the topic of the evening’s lecture and share their experience of God. “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 January 23-26, at the John Paul II National Shrine, in Washington, D.C., pilgrims will be able to meet with St. Faustina in a special way During that time, thousands of Americans from many states of the USA will visit the Shrine during the annual pilgrimage related to the participation in the March for Life. They will be able to honor the relics of St. Faustina presented in a very special reliquary, prepared four years ago during the Saint’s pilgrimage in the Year of Mercy. The curator of this beautiful wooden handmade reliquary created by the artist Eric Winogradoff from the state of New York, is a community of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy of Lakeville, Massachusetts. During the special visitation of the Shrine by St. Faustina, Sisters of the Washington community will share her spiritual heritage with the pilgrims and proclaim the message of Mercy.

The online video broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki was accessed by over 1,860,000 Internet users in 2019. On average, 5000 users participated in liturgical and personal prayer at the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina in the liturgical and personal prayer. The Full HD online vide broadcasting is available at: www.faustyna.pl and on the YouTube channel of Faustyna.pl, which is supported by the American Livestream company, which raised the cost of the streaming several times this year. The project is financially supported by donors, who are recommended in the prayers of the Congregation to Divine Mercy. Please accept our deep gratitude for your donations which allowed us to pay the first installment for 2020.

The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki received over 739,600 prayer requests in 2019. 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 73,600 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 500 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).

In 2019, our work Chaplet for the Dying included over 20,000 persons whose names we received by text on + 48 505 060 205 or our mailbox. Every week almost 1,500 participants took part in this work offering their help to the dying each day in a particular time zone by praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the intention of a person whose name they received by a text message or email. The contributors also included donors, doctors, nurses, volunteers in hospitals and hospices and all those who provided the names of the dying. We would like to share our deepest gratitude for your merciful attitude towards individuals who found themselves in the hardest moment of human life, when we make the final and the most important decision here on Earth: the one concerning Eternity. Such deeds of mercy make us rich in the face of the Lord and beautiful in our humanity. All the participants are commended to the Mercy of God in our everyday prayers at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. All those willing to join in the project are invited to fill the form available at www.faustyna.pl. Please choose only one time zone per day.

 

Everyday, from the chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, radio broadcasting is available at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayer through the following: Radio Warszawa (daily), Radio Niepokalanów (daily), Radio Podlasie (Sundays and holidays), Radio Nadzieja (Sundays and holidays), Radio Ain-Karim (daily), Radio Faustyna (daily), Radio Jasna Góra (Fridays and Sundays), Radio Alex from Zakopane (daily) and Radio Pallotti FM (daily), RadioSiedemNet in Chicago and www.faustyna.pl (daily). At Faustyna.pl and in the Faustyna.pl application for Android and iOS, also an archive is accessible which allows you to listen to the latest prayer from the Hour of Mecy and the Chaplet. You can also participate online on your computer or mobile device thanks to our Faustyna.pl application. Monday to Saturday, the morning Mass was broadcast by Radio Doxa from Opole.

In 2019, 100 800 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 1485 – in Polish, Spanish, German, English, Italian and Russian. Many users have also accessed the Diary Concordance function available in Polish.

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 2019, it was shared 618 times via faustyna.pl. The Spanish version was downloaded by the most (226) people, Polish by 136, English by 81, French by 68, Italian by 38, German by 25 and Russian by 13. In many cases, more than one language version was downloaded by the same individual.

 

The super-high quality digital reproduction of miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki was viewed at our website by almost 117,600 users in 2019. The digital image was downloaded for non-commercial purposes by over 170 users from 41 countries: Argentina, Australia, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Honduras, Malaysia, Madagascar, Mexico, India, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia, Congo, South Korea, Lebanon, Puerto Rico , Vietnam, the USA and from many European countries, including England, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Italy.

Patron Saints for 2020 – the Draw. Every year on January 1st, in the convents of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, a drawing of annual patron Saints takes place. The Diary tells us how important this was for St. Faustina. Her desire was to be accompanied and supported by Someone from Heaven on all her days of the new year. In the morning during meditation, she wrote, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that. When we came to refectory for breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn’t read the name immediately as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: “I am your patron”. Read. I looked at once at the inscription and read, “Patron for the Year 1935-the Most Blessed Eucharist.” My heart leapt with joy (Diary, 360).

With a patron Saint, each sister receives a prayerful intention and a message. Those involved in the draw also include priests, cooperators, members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” association, friends and members of the group “Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia” on Facebook. From January 1, 20017, also visitors at Faustina.pl can participate in the draw.

May the Patron Saints aid us, may they help us more and more fully; participate in the life and mission of Jesus; revealing the merciful love of God to the world!

Liturgy of the Hours, or the Vespers, is recited each day of January except on Sundays, at 7 pm at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki as part of the evening worship. You can join this prayer via the live video broadcast at faustyna.pl

 

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 2020:

February 22 – 10 years of broadcasting the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki by radio stations and online at www.faustyna.pl .

April 26-28 – 85th anniversary of the first presentation of the Divine Mercy image at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in Ostra Brama for public veneration.

April 30th – 20th anniversary of the canonization of the Apostle of Divine Mercy – St. Faustina.

April 30th – 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock, where the prophetic mission of St. Faustina began.

May 17th – 25th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cuba.

August 1st – 95th anniversary of the entrance of Helena Kowalska – St. Faustina – to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

August 25th and 27th – 115th anniversary of the birth and baptism of St. Faustina.

August 25th – 25th anniversary of the recognition of St. Faustina as the spiritual co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

September 13-14 – 85th anniversary of the revelation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Vilnius Antakalnis.

September 15th – 15th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Nižny Hrušov, Slovakia.

December 23 – 85th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk.

 

Due to the large number of people accessing the online broadcasts from the Shrine of Divine Mercy, the fee for Full HD video streaming from our provider has increased multiple times. The broadcast is available at www.faustyna.pl and via the Faustyna.pl application. We would like to continue making the video streaming available to everyone, therefore we kindly ask you for financial support, as the continuation of the broadcasting depends on this. Donations for this purpose can be paid on the following account:

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In 2019, the third stage of the project by architect Jacek Jaśkowiec has continued 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. These works were mainly related to the roofing, external walls and church facade, which were made of red and clinker bricks. The church tower was also overlaid with clinker brick. Successively, as far as financial possibilities allow it, outside windows and doors are being fixed. It is planned to close the buildings (the church and social facilities for pilgrims) in 2020 with carpentry, roofing and complete the facades including the color finish. It is also planned to start works related to land development (parking lot, pavements, small architecture), of course, as far as the finances allow it.

Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy who are involved with this construction would like to thank everyone for the prayers and financial support thanks to which the work has not stopped, but is still proceeding. The Sisters in Płock 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:

Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
Stary Rynek 14/18
09-404 Płock

Bank PEKAO SA
I O w Płocku
ul. Kolegialna 14a

SWIFT CODE: PKOPPLPW
PLN IBAN: 72 1240 3174 1111 0000 2890 0836
USD IBAN: 56 1240 3174 1787 0010 1057 7746
EUR IBAN: 28 1240 3174 1978 0010 1057 7818

The renovated guest rooms in the House of St. Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki are available again. This possibility of accommodation in the place where St. Faustina once lived, worked, and experienced so many unusual encounters with Jesus and the Blessed Mother, creates an additional atmosphere for prayer and reflection.

At the reception, there is also a reconstructed cell of St. Faustina with unique items, owned or used by the Saint. Visitors can get acquainted with the history of the place and the message of Divine Mercy, using the audio recordings available there. At the gift shop, you can buy a copy of the Diary and memorabilia associated with the Shrine.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy offers accommodation in this unique place to all those who want to stay longer at the Łagiewniki Shrine to pray and recollect, and experience an encounter with Merciful Jesus and St. Faustina. Both groups and individual pilgrims are accepted. Booking is available at noclegi@faustyna.pl, Tel. no.: +48 730 955 521 or in person at the reception. For more information please visit www.sanktuarium.faustyna.pl. See photos from the House of St. Faustina in the Gallery.

The Lord Jesus, in the devotion to Divine Mercy, gives us a special time of grace at three o’clock in the afternoon. It is the moment of His dying on the cross, of which he said to Sister Faustina: “This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. … In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion…” (Diary, 1320). In order to take advantage of these promises of Jesus, one must pray with confidence and add deeds of mercy towards others to the trustful prayer. Jesus proposes three ways of experiencing the prayer at the Hour of Mercy: celebrating the Way of the Cross, visiting the Blessed Sacrament, and if it is impossible, connecting with Him, dying on the cross, wherever 3 pm finds us. In this prayer, we turn directly to Jesus, and in our pleading, we appeal to the merits of His painful Passion. It is a privileged time in the Divine Mercy devotion, which is why the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy are practiced every day in all convents of the Congregation. You can join in this prayer through an on-line transmission from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki at faustyna.pl and via the Faustyna.pl application.

 

On every Thursday at 5 pm, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a Divine Mercy Holy Mass is celebrated for the intercession of St. Faustina in the intention of requests and thanks to the faithful offered in the chapel with the image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of the Apostle of Divine Mercy. You can add an intention right before the Mass and those who cannot physically be present at it can join us in prayer thanks to the online broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.

 

Every Thursday, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a group of people named Kustodia, meet to pray at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, in the intention of priests. They are accompanied by Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. From 8 to 9.30 pm, during the prayer of adoration and as the rosary is recited together, they obtain God’s graces for the stewards of God’s Mercy, so that the priests be faithful to their vocation and lead the people entrusted to their pastoral care on the ways of God. Everyone, also those who connect to the Łagiewniki Shrine online at www.faustyna.pl and www.sanktuarium.faustyna.pl, is invited to join in this prayer.

 

The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to warn everyone againts buying counterfeit relics of St. Faustina which have appeared online, e.g. on Ebay. The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy is the sole custodian of the relics of St. Faustina. Relics of the first and second degree are donated to parish churches or chapels which proclaim the message of God’s Mercy and practice the devotion to the Divine Mercy. Relics of the third degree (the canvas on which the bones of St. Faustina used to be deposited) are available in laminated pictures, medallions and rosaries are designed for the faithful who practice individual devotion.

 

Sister Faustina came to Krakow for the first time in January 1926. She spent more than 5 years in this city. She lived in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Łagiewniki, but she also stayed in other places, therefore, while following her footsteps in this royal city, you need to visit: the Church of St. Joseph in Podgórze, which is a former parish of the Łagiewniki convent, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, where St. Faustina participated in the annual procession to the Heart of God, the house at ul. Szewska 22, which housed the publishing company of J. Cebulski, where the first pictures of Merciful Jesus and prayers from the Diary of the Apostle of Divine Mercy were printed, and St. Mary’s Basilica, where St. Faustina prayed after her visit at the printshop. An important place on the trail is also the hospital of John Paul II, the former Municipal Sanitary in Prądnik, where she spent more than eight months on treatment. The hospital chapel can still be seen today, and the spot of her daily prayer is marked there. The route of Sister Faustina in Krakow also includes the Municipal Office, which has issued booklets for people who following in her footsteps in several languages. Learn More.

 


Sister Faustina spent only several days in the famous spa town of Rabka, in late July and early August 1937, in the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy Street. At ul. Słowackiego 12. Although so many people, especially children, benefit from the local microclimate, it did not serve the Apostle of Divine Mercy, who was suffering from tuberculosis which attacked her lungs and gastrointestinal tract, which is why she could not stay here any longer. However, this short stay had its importance in her life and conveys a message to all of us who follow her footsteps. It is in this convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy that Sister Faustina had an important meeting with St. Joseph, who promised her help and special care in her mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy. Also, she listened to the songs of the angel who sang her entire life, which came as a great surprise to her and strengthened her in her suffering. A plaque at the entrance to the convent reminds us of the Saint’s residence here. The convent has also preserved the room where she stayed. Learn More.

Where saints die, God deposits of all of their spiritual heritage. This was the case of St. of Sister Faustina. This is why the property of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, where she died on October 5, 1938, has become the world capital of the Divine Mercy devotion and a center of veneration. Pilgrims from around the world gather here. In terms of the number of countries from which organized pilgrimages arrive to Łagiewniki, the Shrine is the world leader, as it is visited by people from about 100 countries and all continents each year. The Apostle of Divine Mercy had more than 280 revelations and mystical experiences here, and above, this was a place where she could sense the loving presence of God, and where many miracles took place, as evidenced by votive offerings and written testimonies that are being sent to the address of the convent. For more information, visit: faustyna.pl.

 

 

Vilnius, located within the borders of Poland before WWI, is an important spot on the trail of the revelations of the Message of Mercy. The convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy on the Antokol, at ul. Senatorska 25 (now Grybo 29) hosted St. Faustina twice: For four the months in 1929 and in the years 1933-1336, a total of more than 3 years. In this city, she met Fr. Michael Sopocko, who was her spiritual director in Vilnius and provided assistance to her in fulfilling the mission ordered by Jesus. Thanks to his efforts at ul. Rasu 6, the first image of Merciful Jesus was painted, and exposed for the first time for public veneration in the Gate of Dawn in April 1935,. A few months later, the Lord Jesus dictated what is now world-known Chaplet of Divine Mercy to St. Faustina. One can say that the building where this historical event took place has survived miraculously because the other monastic buildings, even though they were in a better condition, were completely demolished. The surviving “dacha”, where St. Faustina also started writing her famous Diary and where she received the request regarding the founding of “a new congregation”, or the Apostolic Movement of the Divine Mercy, a small museum has been organized subordinate to the Archdiocese of Vilnius. On the Vilnius trail of St. Faustina, there is also the church of St. Michael, where Fr. Sopocko sometimes listened to the confession by the Apostle of Divine Mercy. He was then rector of the church, where the first image of Merciful Jesus was placed for some time. In Vilnius, the image was also honored in 1985 in the Church of the Holy Spirit, and since 2005 in the Church of the Holy Trinity located in the same street, which is the Vilnius Shrine of Divine Mercy. Sister Faustina probably also witnessed important celebrations in the beautiful Baroque parish church of St. Peter and Paul and at the nearby cemetery, where the graves of Sisters who died in the Vilnius convent of the Congregation are found. Learn More.

 

Recent months have seen further progress in the development of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock. Currently, work on the facade of the church is under way. Also the tower is being decorated with clinker bricks. Successively, as far as financial possibilities allow it, outside windows and doors are being fixed. The completion of joinery, roofing and facade in matching colors is the main objective of the works by the end of 2019. It is also planned to start works related to land development, of course, as far as the finances allow it.

The Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Plock is being erected by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy thanks to the donations made for this purpose by devotees of Divine Mercy and people of good will. Sisters thank you for every gift of heart that makes the place of the first revelation of Merciful Jesus to St. Faustina. Thanks to these gifts, the church is growing and therefore the sisters would like to ask for further support. Holy Mass is celebrated on the 22nd day of each month and the Sisters pray daily together with the faithful at the Hour of Mercy and with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the intention of everyone who support the construction of the Shrine spiritually and physically.

Donations for the expansion of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock can be deposited into the account:

Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
Stary Rynek 14/18
09-404 Płock

Bank PEKAO SA
I O w Płocku
ul. Kolegialna 14a

SWIFT CODE: PKOPPLPW

PLN IBAN: 72 1240 3174 1111 0000 2890 0836
USD IBAN: 56 1240 3174 1787 0010 1057 7746
EUR IBAN: 28 1240 3174 1978 0010 1057 7818

A very important place on the trail of the life of St. Faustina is Plock, as her prophetic mission began in this city, in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in the Old Market. Here, the first revelation of Merciful Jesus happened and here she received His command that the Church establish the Feast of Divine Mercy. Since 2000, this is a Shrine of Divine Mercy, which is currently erecting the new church with facilities for apostles of Divine Mercy and the many pilgrims coming here. It is worthwhile to see the Old Market, the Cathedral and the church of St. Bartholomew while in Plock, as you will also be following in the footsteps of the Apostle of Divine Mercy, who participated in religious ceremonies there during her stay in the Plock convent in the years 1930-1932, together with the Sisters. From the window of her cell she could see the famous “Małachowianka”, the oldest existing school in Poland, founded in 1180, which is adjacent to the convent. From Plock, we can follow St. Faustina’s footsteps to the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Biała, which is 10 km away and where she stayed several times. Learn More.

On the trail of the life of Sister Faustina, another location is Kiekrz near Poznań, a delightfully situated village on the Małe Kierskie lake. While the Apostle of Divine Mercy lived here only briefly in 1929, the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and the nearby lake have been immortalized in her Diary. When she was standing on the shore of this lake contemplating the presence of God in the work of creation, she saw Jesus, who said: All this I created for you, My spouse; and know that all this beauty is nothing compared to what I have prepared for you in eternity (Diary, 158). Because of St. Faustina’s stay here and the spreading veneration, the chapel of the Congregation in Kiekrz was raised to the rank of the Shrine of St. Faustina in 2015. Arriving pilgrims can go the way of St. Faustina to Małe Kierskie lake and to pray along the Stations of the Cross outside. In place of that revelation is the outside altar, at which Holy Mass is celebrated on greater solemnities. You can also see the convent’s small museum with exhibits from the life in the convent during St. Faustina’s lifetime. Learn More.

Following Sister Faustina from Warsaw, we can go to Walendów and Derdy, villages located about 20 km from the Polish capital. The Apostle of Divine Mercy came to Walendów for the first time on a retreat in November 1932, during which she was ensured by Fr. E. Elter, S.J., that what she was going through came from God. On this occasion, she also visited Derdy’s convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy located in a forest one kilometer away. She came for a short stay in Walendów around the end of March 1936, and after a few weeks, she moved to the convent in Derdy. In a letter to Fr. Sopocko, she wrote that the Derdy House is really like taken from a fairy tale. Surrounded by forest, there are not any buildings nearby, peace and quiet. Everything helps to focus the spirit. Forest birds break the silence and worship their Creator with their singing. In all that surrounds me, I see God. Today, the Sisters run a retreat house and a kindergarten in these surroundings. Learn More.

In accordance with the wishes of Jesus, Helena Kowalska, the future St. Faustina, arrived in Warsaw at the turn of July 1924, to look for a place in a convent. In the capital she spent a total of several months, maybe a year and half. Despite the destruction of the city during World War II, you can still see the places she is known to have visited. These include the Main Railway Station, which today houses the Railway Museum, the church of St. James at. ul. Grójecka 58, where she received support when she first came to the city: the address of Mrs Aldona Lipszyc, with whom she stayed and worked in Ostrówek (municipality of Klembów) to earn a modest dowry needed for joining the convent. Her long-term residence after joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy was the convent at ul. Żytnia 3/9. She participated daily in the Holy Mass and prayed in the monastery’s church, which then served the sisters and pupils, is now a parish church raised to rank of a Shrine of St. Faustina. Another place connected with Sr. Faustina’s stay in Warsaw was also the second convent at ul. Hetmańska in Grochów, where she visited the sisters, but also lived and worked for a short time. In her Diary, she also mentions a prayer in the chapel of the Sisters of the Family of Mary at ul. Żelazna, during which Jesus made her realize how much depended on the fulfillment of the mission He entrusted her with. Learn More.