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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.

Helena Kowalska came to Lodz in 1922 and spent nearly 2 years in this city. Walking in her footsteps, you have to visit a few places that were important in her life. First, the house at Krośnieńska 7, where she lived with her uncle Rapacki’s family, which today is a convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and a meeting place for many people. Nearby, there is the famous ‘Wenecja’ park (today smaller, and called the Słowacki park), that remembers the vision of Jesus suffering, which the young Helena Kowalska had there. This was the place from which, after her interrupted dance, she went from to the Cathedral of St. Stanislaus Kostka, where she heard Jesus’ words calling her to go to Warsaw and enter a convent. The house at ul. Abramowskiego 29, where Helena Kowalska lived and worked as a housekeeper of Mrs. Marianna Sadowska-Wieczorek who owned a grocery shop on the ground floor, also still exists. The young Helena Kowalska must have set off from the Łodz Fabryczna train station to Warsaw in late June or early July of 1924. In 2005, already as a Saint, Sister Faustina returned to Lodz at the invitation of city council, to take patronage over the city. Her beautiful monument is located in front of the church dedicated to her and presents her as a person begging for God’s Mercy for the city and the world. Learn More.

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.

 

“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.

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 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 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.

 

During the summer, the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy go on holidays too. Usually, they spend these days visiting their families or other convents of the Congregation. The younger sisters are happy to organize their stay at the retreat house of the Congregation in Zakopane’s Krzeptówki and Rabka, because they can also stay with members of their families there. What is more, they can make hiking trips from there. We would like to wish you all to make your holiday a time of restoration of your spiritual and physical strength.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

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

At age 16, Helena Kowalska first left her home in Głogowiec and went to work as a housekeeper for Kazimierz and Leokadia Bryszewski in Aleksandrów Łódzki, who had a bakery and pastry shop at Parzęczewska 7, (today ul. 1 Maja 7). The Bryszewski house has survived to this day, and is now inhabited by other families. Above all, the town still has the church of St. Raphael, where the Apostle of Divine Mercy received the sacrament of confirmation in February 1922. In recent years, it has been a meeting place for youth receiving this sacrament and preparing for it in the Archdiocese of Lodz. Once a center of the weaving industry, the town has a rich history and culture. Part of it was an important religious center of Hasidic rabbis, the tzadikim, and the Evangelical church that today welcomes pilgrims who follow in the footsteps of St. Faustina. Learn More.

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Following Sister Faustina from her family house in Głogowiec, one can follow for nearly two kilometers to the parish church in Świnice Warckie, along the path that Helena Kowalska and her parents and siblings tread on Sundays. She also went this way every day to school. The church has preserved the baptismal font at which she became a child of God and was incorporated into the Church on the second day of her life, on August 27, 1905. There is also a confessional which remembers her first Holy Confession and subsequent confessions she made as a child. In this church, she accepted the Holy Communion for the first time and it was also here that she heard a voice calling her to the service of God. Today, this countryside church of St. Casimir is the Baptismal Shrine of St. Faustina and it is visited by countless pilgrims from the country and the world. Unfortunately, the school where the Apostle of Divine Mercy went for three years, which had opened under the Russian occupation in 1917, has not survived. Learn More.

 

During the summer holidays, many people follow in the footsteps of the life of St. Faustina. We wish to offer you a virtual pilgrimage to the places associated with her life and prophetic mission, which she received from Jesus. We start from the birthplace of the Apostle of the Divine Mercy in Głogowiec. The Kowalski family house now belongs to the Baptismal Shrine of St. Faustina in Świnice Warckie. You can see the conditions in which the Apostle of Divine Mercy and her family lived. The old farm buildings have been adapted to the needs of pilgrims coming to this place. The home of St. Faustina in Głogowiec is under the care of Sisters from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Świnice Warckie. Learn More.

 

Due to changes made by Google’s operating system the Faustyna.pl application has been updated and adapted to new technology. This applies to the Android version of the app. It will be updated on the phones which have it installed. It can be downloaded from the Google Play store or at www.faustyna.pl. The application is available in 7 languages. It offers quick access to the online broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, news (announcements and photos of important events), a message from the Diary for every day to benefit from this great work, see a high-resolution version of the graces’-famous image of Merciful Jesus, news for pilgrims, easy access to relevant content related to the message of Divine Mercy and Sr. Faustina as text documents and multimedia, as well as the Chaplet for the Dying.

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!

In connection with the construction of the Łagiewniki Route in Krakow, road access to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki is hindered. This applies not only to regular cars and buses but also to pilgrims arriving at the Shrine by tram, due to the tram stop named Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia is not presently available. When using tramway lines coming to Borek Fałęcki, please get off at the stop called ZUS (on demand) or at the stop called Solvay and continue to the Shrine on foot.

Another place of the revelations which took place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki is the convent. Here, unusual meetings with the inhabitants of Heaven took place in bedrooms, the refectory, Mother Superior’s study, in the corridors or in the Congregation hall. The Lord Jesus communicated important information about the Message of Mercy with which He sent Sister Faustina to the world even in such mundane locations as a corridor leading to the convent’s kitchen. In mid-September 1936, Sister Faustina heard the great promise of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy here. Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you, Jesus said. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy (Diary, 687).

In the convent, Sister Faustina had dozens of meetings with Jesus, the Blessed Virgin, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and souls suffering in purgatory. On 15 August 1937, in the Congregation Hall, when sisters were reciting the August 15, 1937 the Act of Her election as the Heavenly Superior General of the Congregation, St. Faustina saw the Virgin Mary and this is how she described the event: Towards the end of the ceremony carried out in honor of the Mother of God, 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 so to me, while all the sisters were at Her feet, covered with Her mantle. Then the Mother of God said, ‘Everyone who perseveres zealously till death in My Congregation will be spared the fire of purgatory, and I desire that each one distinguish herself by the following virtues: humility and meekness; chastity and love of God and neighbor; compassion and mercy.’ After these words, the whole Congregation disappeared from my sight, and I remained alone with the Most Holy Mother who instructed me about the will of God and how to apply it to my life, submitting completely to His most holy decrees. It is impossible for one to please God without obeying His holy will. ‘My daughter, I strongly recommend that you faithfully fulfill all God’s wishes, for that is most pleasing in His holy eyes. ‘I very much desire that you distinguish yourself in this faithfulness in accomplishing God’s will.’ Put the will of God before all sacrifices and holocausts.’ While the heavenly Mother was talking to me, a deep understanding of this will of God was entering my soul (Diary, 1244. For more information, see Śladami objawień św. Siostry Faustyny w Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia w Krakowie-Łagiewnikach.

Following Sister Faustina’s revelations a the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, we should devote more time to stop at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina. In this chapel, the Apostle of Divine Mercy would spend a few hours daily for almost 6 years. This is where she had 116 visions and mystical experiences, during which she could feel the presence of the Holy Trinity, the Lord Jesus, the Mother of God, angels, saints and souls of the dead. The beautiful conversations between God and souls are particularly noteworthy: with a sinful soul (Diary, 1485), a soul in despair (Diary, 1486), a suffering soul (Diary, 1487), one aiming for excellence (Diary, 1488) and the perfect one (Diary, 1489), which Sister Faustina recorded in her Diary, as they reveal the greatness of God’s merciful love for man, showing the way to unite with Him. In the Łagiewniki chapel, Sister Faustina most often encountered the Lord Jesus (27 times) or heard Him (almost 60 times). Particularly noteworthy are the revelation of Jesus which concerned events of the Gospel: the entry into Jerusalem, the institution of the Eucharist, the Paschal events and the message of Mercy. The descriptions of the institution of the Eucharist are unique, therefore, we shall quote one here: “Jesus allowed me to enter the Cenacle, and I was a witness to what happened there. However, I was most deeply moved when, before the Consecration, Jesus raised His eyes to heaven and entered into a mysterious conversation with His Father. It is only in eternity that we shall really understand that moment. His eyes were like two flames; His face was radiant, white as snow; His whole personage full of majesty, His soul full of longing. At the moment of Consecration, love rested satiated-the sacrifice fully consummated. Now only the external ceremony of death will be carried out-external destruction; the essence [of it] is in the Cenacle. Never in my whole life had I understood this mystery so profoundly as during that hour of adoration. Oh, how ardently I desire that the whole world would come to know this unfathomable mystery!” (Diary, 684).

 

Following Sister Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, we shall stop for a moment at the building which is presently adjacent to Siostry Faustyny street. The sisters traditionally refer to it as “Antoninek”. The old, two-story building along with the lower gate has been demolished and replaced with a new one, which contains accommodation for pilgrims visiting and hosts the international “Faustinum” Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy.

Sister Faustina lived in “Antininek” on the second floor from September 1937 to March 1938. From January 1938, she was already very sick, so she spent most of the time in her cell. During that time, she recorded more than 50 extraordinary graces she received. These were mainly her encounters with Jesus (41) and they concerned the mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy, spiritual life and strengthened her in the fight against Satan. It was there that Sister Faustina recorded these famous words of Jesus: In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world (Diary, 1588). Also here, she heard some promises concerning the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, spreading the Divine Mercy devotion and the Hour of Mercy.

I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world-mercy triumphed over justice. My daughter, try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore, in the Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy; and should you be unable to step into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant. I claim veneration for My mercy from every creature, but above all from you, since it is to you that I have given the most profound understanding of this mystery (Diary, 1572).

Here, she also experienced a very poignant encounter with the Mother of God, which she thus described: A vision of the Mother of God. In the midst of a great brilliance, I saw the Mother of God clothed in a white gown, girt about with a golden cincture; and there were tiny stars, also of gold, over the whole garment, and chevron-shaped sleeves lined with gold. Her cloak was sky-blue, lightly thrown over the shoulders. A transparent veil was delicately drawn over her head, while her flowing hair was set off beautifully by a golden crown which terminated in little crosses. On Her left arm She held the Child Jesus. A Blessed Mother of this type I had not yet seen. Then She looked at me kindly and said: I am the Mother of God of Priests. At that, She lowered Jesus from Her arm to the ground, raised Her right hand heavenward and said: O God, bless Poland, bless priests. Then She addressed me once again: Tell the priests what you have seen (Diary, 1585).

Following in the footsteps of the revelations of Saint Faustina, after going through the gate and meeting with Merciful Jesus in the form of a poor young man, we stop at the adjacent yard in front of the convent. Old trees and a flower-bed with a statue of St. Joseph, are found here that certainly remember the revelation of Jesus in May 1933. On the day of her trip to Vilnius (May 23), Sister Faustina went out in front of the convent, and she stood next to the very same time flower bed. She looked at the garden and the house, remembering how many God’s graces she received here during the postulancy, novitiate and in the preceding month, among them the grace of eternal marriage to Jesus, meeting her spiritual director, Father Józef Andrasz S.J., who perfectly understood her spiritual life and missions. She was sorry to leave this place. Tears came to her eyes, and then, unexpectedly, she saw Jesus, her Bridegroom, at the flowerbed, who told her: Do not cry, I am always with you (Diary, 259). This revelation of Jesus and the experience of His presence were so strong that it accompanied Sister Faustina throughout her entire journey to Vilnius.

During the pilgrimage season, many people visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The pilgrims pray at the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. They participate in the holy sacraments, they see the museum with the original memorabilia of the Apostle of Divine Mercy and experience the loving presence of God. The fruitful experiencing of the pilgrimage is aided by the sisters proclaiming the message of Mercy and the guidebooks, especially Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia w Krakowie-Łagiewnikach. Pielgrzymowanie ze św. Siostrą Faustyną and Śladami objawień św. Siostry Faustyny. The Łagiewnickie Shrine has been a witness to more than 280 extraordinary experiences recorded by Sister Faustina in her Diary and the miracles experienced here by pilgrims. Practically every spot here, starting from the gate and ending with the church bear traces of these unusual encounters.

We begin presentation of these spots from the entrance to the Shrine: the gate that leads to the convent’s yard. The gate was formerly closed, as the entire convent was closed to the public. When St. Faustina was a portress, Cherubim would guard this gate. In the Fall of 1937, Jesus knocked on it, in the form of a poor young man. This event was described in the Diary: “Jesus came to the main entrance today, under the guise of a poor young man. This young man, emaciated, barefoot and bareheaded, and with his clothes in tatters, was frozen because the day was cold and rainy. He asked for something hot to eat. So I went to the kitchen, but found nothing there for the poor. But, after searching around for some time, I succeeded in finding some soup, which I reheated and into which I crumbled some bread, and I gave it to the poor young man, who ate it. As I was taking the bowl from him, he gave me to know that He was the Lord of heaven and earth. When I saw Him as He was, He vanished from my sight. When I went back in and reflected on what had happened at the gate, I heard these words in my soul: My daughter, the blessings of the poor who bless Me as they leave this gate have reached My ears. And your compassion, within the bounds of obedience, has pleased Me, and this is why I came down from My throne-to taste the fruits of your mercy” (Diary, 1312).

From May to July, at the site of the construction of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock, reinforced concrete slabs have been placed in the space between the beams of the coffer ceiling. Aluminum window joinery in the Pilgrim House have been installed and works related to the facade of the church were continued, by bricking the external walls with clinker bricks. The structure of the reinforced concrete tower has also grown to the level of 18.5 meters. The entire tower will rise to a height of 32 meters. In the near future, roofing and the tower’s construction will continue. The progress of work depends on the financial recources available. Those who would like to support this great work can donate to 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 number: 72 1240 3174 1111 0000 2890 0836
USD IBAN number: 56 1240 3174 1787 0010 1057 7746
EUR IBAN number: 28 1240 3174 1978 0010 1057 7818

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.

 

The Faustyna.com mobile app, until now available for Android platforms, is also ready for iOS. You can download it from our website via the download link or directly from the App Store by searching “Faustyna.pl” or from Google Play under the same title. The Faustyna.pl application, available in 7 languages, facilitates access to the most important content on the www.faustyna.pl website. Mainly, it provides easy access to on-line broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, information about the “capital of Divine Mercy veneration”, news for pilgrims and other news (announcements and photographic relations of the most important events), every day messages from the Diary, and also to relevant content associated with the message of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina, on top of the work of the Chaplet for the Dying.

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The Faustyna.pl application for smart-phones and tablets is now available from Play Store! It is a mobile version of our website, www.faustyna.pl, and it includes the most important topics connected with St. Faustina, the devotion to Divine Mercy in forms provided to her by Jesus, including daily quotations from the Diary and information about the capital of the Divine Mercy devotion, the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Moreover, the application displays up-to-date news, photos, live stream broadcasts from the chapel with the Divine Mercy image and provides immediate information on the works being done at the Łagiewniki Shrine. The application was written by Karolina Ślusarczyk i Klaudia Popko, as a part of their Bachelor diploma project at the AGH University of Mining Technology, supervised by Robert Chodorek, PhD. The application was created to make it easier for pilgrims from around the world to access the most important content connected with the message of Mercy and the Łagiewniki Shrine as they arrive in Krakow to participate in the World Youth Day events. The application will be available in seven different languages.