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People from many countries of the world participating in the work of the Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy are praying not only in their own intentions, but also asking for “mercy on us and the whole world”. A detailed intention for April is prayer for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, the necessary graces for the sick and those fighting the Covid-19 virus, as well as for the spiritual rebirth of mankind and its confident turn towards God’s Mercy.

The work of Perpetual Chaplet is a response to the request of Jesus to constantly implore for mercy “for us and the whole world”. The work has been operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at: www.faustyna.pl since 2011. Anyone can participate in it by filling out a short form and declare to say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which Jesus dictated to St. Faustinaat least once.

The importance of daily choices. We may not realize just how much depends on our daily choices and taking on the cross every day to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. In fact, here in the earthly life, we get to decide about everything: not only about what is important for our personal, family, professional, social, or national lives… but above all, our eternal lives. We live on earth only to learn how to love, since eternity will consist of loving. And the cross is inscribed in the art of love: enduring of suffering, forgiveness, and sacrifice. The importance of the ability to carry the cross is important for eternal life, as Jesus told Sister Faustina.

Then I saw the Lord Jesus nailed to the cross. When He had hung on it for a while, I saw a multitude of souls crucified like Him. Then I saw a second multitude of souls, and a third. The second multitude were not nailed to [their] crosses, but were holding them firmly in their hands. The third were neither nailed to [their] crosses nor holding them firmly in their hands, but were dragging [their] crosses behind them and were discontent. Jesus then said to me, Do you see these souls? Those who are like Me in the pain and contempt they suffer will be like Me also in glory. And those who resemble Me less in pain and contempt will also bear less resemblance to Me in glory. Among the crucified souls, the most numerous were those of the clergy. I also saw some crucified souls whom I knew, and this gave me great joy. Jesus then said to me, In your meditation tomorrow, you shall think about what you have seen today Diary, 446).

 

In a situation when we cannot participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we are particularly encouraged to practice perfect contrition, that comes from our love of God. Saint Faustina was involved in this practice of awakening perfect contrition every day. She made a pledge in her Diary: I will practice contrition, not only during confession, but during every self-examination, and I will arouse within myself an act of perfect contrition, especially when I am going to bed (Diary, 377). The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: Repentance (also called contrition) must be inspired by motives that arise from faith. If repentance arises from love of charity for God, it is called “perfect” contrition; if it is founded on other motives, it is called “imperfect (CCC, 1492).

 

Spiritual Holy Communion is a well-known practice and was often taken advantage of by great saints. Also St. Faustina experienced such days and weeks in her life when she could not receive Holy Communion. She writes in her Diary about how she felt about such moments:.

Today the doctor decided that I am not to go to Mass, but only to Holy Communion. I wanted very much to assist at Mass, but my confessor, in agreement with the doctor, told me to obey. “It is God’s will, Sister, that you should get well, and you must not undertake mortifications of any kind. Be obedient, Sister, and God will reward you for it.” I felt that the confessor’s words were Jesus’ words, and although it made me sad to miss Holy Mass, during which God had been granting me the grace of seeing the Infant Jesus; nevertheless, I placed obedience above everything else. I became absorbed in prayer and said my penance. Then I suddenly saw the Lord, who said to me, My daughter, know that you give Me greater glory by a single act of obedience than by long prayers and mortifications. Oh, how good it is to live under obedience, to live conscious of the fact that everything I do is pleasing to God! (Diary, 894).

Now, when we cannot be present at Mass, the Church recommends the spiritual Holy Communion. In preparation to receive Jesus in a spiritual way excerpts of St. Faustina’s Diary may be helpful. Like this one:

 I go out to meet Him, and I invite Him to the dwelling place of my heart, humbling myself profoundly before His majesty. But the Lord lifts me up from the dust and invites me, as His bride, to sit next to Him and to tell Him everything that is on my heart. And I, set at east by His kindness, lean my head on His breast and tell Him of everything. In the first place, I tell Him things would never tell to any creature. And then, I speak about the needs of the Church, about the souls of poor sinners and about how much they have need of His mercy. But the time passes quickly. Jesus, I must go t carry out the duties that are awaiting me. Jesus tells me that there is still a moment in which to say farewell. Deep mutual gaze, and we seemingly separate for while; but, in reality, we never do. Our hearts are constantly united. Though outwardly I am distracted b my various duties, the presence of Jesus plunges me constantly in profound recollection (Diary, 1806).

From 1 April in all the chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the one of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, evening devotions in honor of Divine Mercy will take place, during which the Litany of Divine Mercy will be recited. The words of the litany were written down by St. Faustina in her Diary and her Vilnius confessor, Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko, composed the prayer on this basis. Praying with her words, we not only praise God’s Mercy, but also get to know the mystery of God’s merciful Love more, which accompanies man in all the dimensions of his earthly life, accompanying him always and everywhere.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to thank all the donors who have supported the on-line broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at www.faustyna.pl, on You Tube and in our mobile Faustyna.pl app for Android and iOS in the last three months. April is when we need to make another payment to Livestream, the service provider. During the time of the struggle against the pandemic, the number of people using this video livestreams from the capital of Divine Mercy veneration has grown, spiritually connecting many thousands of individuals from all over the world.

We recommend all the Donors in our daily prayers which we say in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image in Krakow-Łagiewniki at the tomb of St. Faustina. We wish you beautiful meetings with the risen Lord this upcoming Easter and Feast of Mercy. May He live in our hearts, and we will be happy forever!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shrine of Divine Mercy’s convent chapel of the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina will be celebrating a whole-day Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Participation will also be available online at Faustyna.pl, on YouTube and via our mobile app: Fuatsyna.pl. Presentation of the Blessed Sacrament will take place after the Mass broadcast by TVP 1 i.e., about 7.45 am until the evening Mass at 5 pm. On Thursdays, it will be additionally broadcast also after the evening Mass to 9.30 pm.

Jesus said to St. Faustina, Do whatever you wish, distribute graces as you will, to whom you will and when you will (Diary, 31). Along with her, we implore for the epidemic to end, for protection against the virus, for the graces needed for patients, medical staff and all the services involved in our country and worldwide in the fight against the pandemic.

 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the decision not to celebrate Masses with the participation of the faithful, the National Shrine of St. John Paul II in Washington DC broadcasts daily Masses and daily prayer at the Hour of Mercy on it’s YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFTeh0aaqAA3-nAYAI7K6zA and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JP2Shrine/ On Mondays, this prayer is led by a priest from the Shrine, and on other days, this prayer is led by the sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy who have their ministry at the Shrine. In trustful prayer, we beg for all the graces needed for aching humanity during this time of trial. 

 

The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy from the Krakow-Łagiewniki Shrine have joined the Adopt a Medical Professional campaign. The action involves including doctors, nurses, medical technicians, paramedics, all health professionals who are on the front lines of the coronavirus epidemic in our prayers. Although we do not know the people we surround with spiritual support by name, God knows who needs this gift of mercy most. We invite you to make such a Lenten resolution, thanks to which you will become richer before God with every act of mercy you do, and the medical professionals will receive spiritual support.

 

The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki operates an online shop of the “Misericordia” Publishing Company of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. It is possible to buy there, first of all, the Diary of St. Faustina, which is an excellent book for any occasion, and especially for those weeks of Lent that we are currently experiencing in our homes. This work of the Apostle of Divine Mercy is available through the “Misericordia” shop in traditional paper book form and in audio versions. We especially recommend the radio adaptation, that presents the Diary according to the chronology of events. The other available items include reproductions of the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus from the Shrine in Łagiewniki, Divine Mercy prayer books and other items bringing closer the merciful love of God and introducing the spiritual richness of St. Faustina. The online store is available at: www.misericordia.faustyna.pl. Orders can be also made by email at: sklep@faustyna.pl.

 

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 La Salette publishing company has released a book by Fr. Józed Pochwała, M.S., under the title of Rekolekcje ze św. Siostrą Faustyną [Retreat with Sister Faustina] which is a guide for people who want to celebrate a 4-day retreat. The Apostle of Divine Mercy shared her extremely rich experience of spiritual life in a very simple, yet extremely deep manner. On each day of the retreat the following topics are taken: faith, prayer, the sacrament of reconciliation, and the Eucharist. In the near future the book will be released also in English, French, Spanish, and German translations. It can also be purchased at the “Misericordia” shops at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.

On every Friday at Shrine of Divine Mercy, a communal devotion of the Stations of the Cross, or Way of Sorrows, will be celebrated at the Basilica at 4:00 pm and in the chapel of the Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at 7:00 pm, with the exception of the first Friday, when the Way will be celebrated at 6:15 pm (online broadcast available at www.faustyna.pl). The devotion, in which we contemplate the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, allows us to discover and explore the merciful love of God to man, to develop the attitude of trusting God in every situation, even the difficult and painful ones and the attitude of mercy toward our neighbors. Jesus took our sins upon Himself and suffered ignominious death for every one of us, to rise again so that we may have life and enjoy it now and forever.

For the period of Lent, we usually make resolutions, which usually involves doing the deeds that Jesus asked us to do: almsgiving, prayer and fasting, performed secretly with the pure intention of love for God and for people, not for applause or recognition. Saint Faustina also practiced them. In her religious life, however, she made one specific resolution, which she realized not only during Lent, but always, namely, she joined Merciful Jesus living in her soul, through an aspiration. When she wanted to change this decision, Jesus would not let her, because this daily practice leads to the development of a deep relationship with Him, to living our daily lives with Him.

 

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to thank all the collaborators, benefactors and donors, thanks to whom the message of Divine Mercy provided to St. Faustina by the Lord Jesus can reach many people around the world. We are especially thankful to those who support our website, www.faustyna.pl, as it is thanks to them that is has now been updated in seven languages, offers the project of Perpetual Mercy for the Dying, which currently supports 65 terminally ill people and the online broadcasting from the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki which is presently accessed by over 5,800 unique users each day. Together, we can respond to the urgent call from Jesus to proclaim the message of His Mercy to the world. Only Divine Mercy can bring the peace to the world and  happiness to humanity. May Merciful Jesus bless your every day and bestow all His graces to our dear Donors and Cooperators, which we pray for many times during each day.

 

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!

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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ul. Siostry Faustyny 3; 30-608 Kraków

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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.