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.