NOTEIN SAINT FAUSTINA'S KOWALSKA FOOTSTEPS(1905 - 1938)
In this house on the 25th of August 1905 Helena Kowalska - Saint Faustina was born - known on the whole world as Apostle of Divine Mercy.
The interior of Sister Faustina's family home.
St Casimir Parish Church. Today the Shrine of the Birth and Baptism of St Faustina.
NOTEALEXANDROW near LODZ30 Parczewska Street - today 1 Maja Street. Here, in 1921-1922, Helena Kowalska worked as a housekeeper for Mrs Leokadia and Mr Kazimierz Bryszewski.
NOTEALEXANDROW near LODZThe Church of Sts Raphael and Michael the Archangels. In this church, in February 1922, Sister Faustina received the sacrament of confirmation.
NOTELODZThe Park of Venice - today the Juliusz Słowacki Park. In July 1924, Sister Faustina had a vision here. Recalling this event, she wrote it down in her Diary: Once I was at a dance with one of my sisters. While everybody was having a good time, my soul was experiencing deep torments. As I began to dance, I suddenly saw Jesus at my side, Jesus racked with pain, stripped of His clothing, all covered with wounds, who spoke these words to me: How long shall I put up with you and how long will you keep putting Me off? At that moment the charming music stopped, and the company I was with vanished from my sight; there remained Jesus and I (Diary 9).
NOTELODZSt Stanislaus Kostka Cathedral. Here St Faustina, lying on the cross in front of the Blessed Sacrament, asked the Lord to let her know her will. In response, she heard the words: Go at once to Warsaw; you will enter a convent there (Diary 10).
NOTEWARSAWThe Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; St Stanislaus Parish of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. James the Apostle Parish. Sister Faustina visited the church in July 1924. Here she prayed to know further the will of God and heard the words: Go to that priest and tell him everything; he will tell you what to do next (Diary 12). This priest was Father Jakub Dąbrowski, parish priest of St James'.
The General House of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy - 3/9 Żytnia Street. Here, on 1 August 1925, Helena Kowalska was accepted to the Congregation and held a postulancy.
NOTEWARSAWThe former chapel of the Congregation. Today, St. Faustina Shrine at the Parish of Divine Mercy and St Faustina - 1 Żytnia Street. In this chapel, at the request of Mother Michaela Moraczewska, Helena Kowalska asked Jesus: Lord of this house, do You accept me? In response she heard a voice: I do accept; you are in My Heart (Diary 14)
NOTECRACOWHere Sister Faustina made her novitiate (1926-1928) and made her first vows on 30 April 1928. In November 1937, the Saint had a revelation concerning prayer in the Hour of Mercy. Here too, on 5 October 1938, she completed her earthly journey.
The monastery chapel of the sisters, the Shrine of Divine Mercy, which houses the gracious image of Merciful Jesus and the relics of St Faustina.
NOTEWARSAW - Hetmanska Street
The short stay of Sister Faustina (June - 7 July 1929). Today, it houses the St Joseph's Social Welfare Home run by the sisters.
Sister Faustina came to Kiekrz near Poznań on 7 July 1929. She spent several weeks here, replacing Sister Modesta Rzeczkowska in the kitchen. Today, the Congregation runs a Single Mother's Home and a kindergarten here. In June 2015, the monastery chapel of the sisters was elevated to the rank of St Faustina Shrine.
Kierskie Lake. At this lake, Sister Faustina had the experience of meeting Jesus, which she described in her Diary: When I was at Kiekrz to replace one of the sisters for a short time, I went across the garden one afternoon and stopped on the shore of the lake; I stood there for a long time, contemplating my surroundings. Suddenly, I saw the Lord Jesus near me, and He graciously said to me, 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).
The Old Market Square - a view from the 1930s.
The Monastery of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy (the view from the Old Market Square; the 1930s). The Congregation began its apostolic activity here in April 1899. The gate on the left was the entrance to the bakery shop where St Faustina worked.
Monastery townhouses (the view from Stanisława Małachowskiego Street; 1930s).
Monastery townhouses today (the view from Stanisława Małachowskiego Street). On the day of the canonisation of Sister Faustina (30 April 2000), the Bishop of Płock, Stanisław Wielgus, established the Divine Mercy Chapel at the Old Market Square - the DIOCESAN SHRINE of DIVINE MERCY. In the Shrine there is a painting of Merciful Jesus who was consecrated by St John Paul II during his visit to Płock in 1991 and relics of Sister Faustina Kowalska.
Sister Faustina came to Płock at the turn of May and June 1930. She worked here successively in a bakery (the entrance to the bakery - the first door from the right), a kitchen (the kitchen window visible first from the left on the ground floor) and a bakery shop. She left in November 1932.
The Sister with children from the Guardian Angel Institute at work in the bakery (a photograph from the 1930s).
Sister Faustina lived in this annex (a photograph from the 1930s). Here she had the first revelation of Merciful Jesus, during which she was ordered to make a painting with a caption: Jesus, I trust in you. This event took place on 22 February 1931. Here, too, she heard Jesus' words referring to the establishment of the Feast of Divine Mercy.
The house in Biała was a branch of the Płock monastery (a photograph from the 1930s). In the years 1930-1932 Sister Faustina came here from Płock several times, doing her duty in the kitchen or working in the field.
The monastery building today. Since 22 February 1981 the sisters have been running a Single Mother's Home here, and since 2011 a kindergarten.
Sister Faustina visited Częstochowa twice. It was on 27 May 1933 and 3 November 1935. In her diary we find a note about her first visit: I had permission to visit Czestochowa while on my journey. I saw the Mother of God [image] for the first time, when I went to attend the unveiling of the image at five in the morning,. I prayed without interruption until eleven, and it seemed to me that I had just come. (...) The Mother of God told me many things. I entrusted my perpetual vows to Her, I felt that I was her child and that She was my Mother. She did not refuse any of my requests (Diary 260).
Monastery in Antokol. For the first time Sister Faustina came here on 21 February 1929 (for four months) to replace Sister Petronela Basiura in the kitchen. During this stay she met Father Michał Sopoćka, about whom Jesus told her: This is My faithful servant; he will help you to fulfill My will here on earth (Diary 263). Her second stay in Vilnius began on 25 May 1933 and lasted almost three years. She was sent to work in the garden. In September 1935, Sister Faustina had a revelation in which Jesus dictated to her the words of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. She left Vilnius in March 1936.
Sister Faustina came here for the first time in November 1932 for an eight-day retreat. On 25 March 1936 she found herself again in Walendów and spent less than a month here. She worked in the company kitchen and helped in the refectory.
Sister Faustina came to the monastery in Derdy in April 1936. She spent a month here working in the kitchen. She visited the place for the first time in 1932 after the end of the retreat in Walendów.
The Congregation House in Rabka in honor of Our Lady was named Loretto. Sister Faustina stayed here from 29 July to 10 August 1937.
At present there is the Loretto Non-Public Kindergarten run by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
The window of the cell where Sister Faustina died. She left for the Lord on 5 October 1938 at 10:45 pm. The only witness of her death was Sister Eufemia Traczyńska.
The monastery cemetery located in the garden. Here, in the common tomb of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, the body of Sister Faustina was placed. The funeral took place on 7 October 1938. On 25 November 1966, the mortal remains of the Saint were moved from the cemetery to the chapel of the sisters.