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THE COMMUNITY OF THE BROTHERS OF MERCIFUL JESUS
In year 2000 in Concordia-Pordenone, Italy, a group of young men under the spiritual direction of Father Oreste Marcato OFM began a communal monastic life assuming the name the Community of the Brothers of Merciful Jesus. Following the preliminary monastic formation they were invited to Vilnius, where on July 11, 2005 the Vilnius Metropolitan Cardinal Juozas Audrys Bačkis approved the constitution of the Community. In their religious formation the brothers of the Community assumed, as the example to follow, the sanctity of the priestly life of Michael Sopoćko and implementation of the mission assigned through Saint Sister Faustina.
First brothers of Merciful Jesus with the spiritual director, father Oreste Marcato OFM
The Institute of Divine Mercy, founded by Father Michael Sopoćko in 1937, is a women’s lay institute of consecrated life. Its members undertake to live according to evangelical counsels: chastity, poverty and obedience. They do not lead the communal life. The significant feature of the institute is its apostolic character.
INSTITUTE OF DIVINE MERCY
In the history of Church, through the example of lives of many saints, God has revealed various roads to achieve eternal happiness. In our times, one of the roads was revealed by God through Sister Faustina. All who in their hearts discover the call to walk that road, may join the Apostolic Movement of Divine Mercy to which belongs the Society of the Apostles of Divine Mercy “Faustinum”. It was formed in 1996 and unites members from 80 countries around the world. Members of “Faustinum” proclaim Divine Mercy through the example of their lives, acts, words and prayer.
THE SOCIETY OF THE APOSTLES OF DIVINE MERCY “FAUSTINUM”
THE GIFT OF PRAYER
In spiritual unity with Saint Sister Faustina, we would like to cordially invite worshippers of the Divine Mercy to undertake an individual prayer or to participate in the perpetual prayer with THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY - for the grace of mercy for the dying.
A prayer can be offered by anyone who wishes to unite in a daily prayer with the prayer group at the Congregation of the Sisters of Merciful Jesus. We believe that in this way we will fulfill the wish of Lord Jesus and contribute to trusting acceptance of the grace of salvation by the dying in our families and all over the world.
Personal information including the name, address, period of the day and the day and time of the declared prayer may be sent to the Congregation of the Sisters of Merciful Jesus by regular mail, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thus, September 28 became the day of prayer for the Christians on all continents. On that day, the street preachers of the Divine Mercy Chaplet go out to the streets of cities with white boards bearing the red inscription ”JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU”, to pray and invite others to pray.
The initiators of the prayers on the city streets look for allies in prayer all over the world. With their effort the invitation was translated into several languages (including Chinese and Japanese). It reached thousands of sanctuaries, parishes, societies and individuals on all continents. Regardless of the distance and time zone, everybody can pray at 3:00pm local time on their local streets. 3:00pm is the hour of death of Lord Jesus on the cross – THE HOUR OF DIVINE MERCY.
On the initiative of the Foundation of the Apostles of Merciful Jesus operating at the Church of the Society of Jesus in Łódź (see Copy of agreement) (the organizer and sponsor of the 2003 conservation works on the Divine Mercy painting), in March 2004 a professional photographic session of the first painting of the Merciful Jesus was held at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius. The photocopies developed from the 20cm slides taken with a professional camera have been made available by the Foundation for the public evangelization.
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© Translation: Ewa Olszowa, Copyediting: Matthew Vinall