The Faustinum Association originates from the charism of Saint Faustina of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady Of Mercy. For a long time now, people have manifested an interest in the work of St. Faustina and have wished to do it under the supervision of her congregation. Upon Mother Paulina Slomka’s petitions to create such congregation (general superior of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy), Cardinal Franciszek Macharski establish the Faustinum Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy on March 6, 1996. Their web site can be read in different languages (English, Portuguese, etc). The Faustinum Association continues to grow producing more and more literature to help deepen on the message of Mercy.
The Eucharistic apostles of Divine Mercy are a lay apostolate which promotes devotion to the Divine Mercy. The founder, Dr. Bryan Thatcher and assistant Gretchen have accomplished the creation of more than 400 cenacles (prayer groups) in The United States and other parts of the world. The goal of these cenacles is to study the message of Divine Mercy and to serve the suffering community. Under the supervision of a priest or a spiritual director, each group studies the teachings of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scriptures, Catechism, and St. Faustina’s Diary. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy and praise songs are also part of their group dynamic. The balance of an interior life is established doing Acts of Mercy and these are discerned by each group.
The Marians of the Immaculate Conception are a Roman Catholic religious community made of priests and brothers. Its foundation originates in 1673 in Poland. For 60 years now, this religious community has been instrumental in the spreading of the message and devotion of Divine Mercy regarding the revelations given by Our Lord to St. Maria Faustina Kowalski. The Marians have exclusive rights to publish St. Faustina’s diary as well as other books and material which focus on the Divine Mercy. The Marians have created the association of Marian helpers with the purpose of promoting more effectively the message of Divine Mercy. During their 60 years of existence, the association has grown over 400 members around the world. Today, the Marians of the Immaculate Conception number in more than 600 priests and brothers in over 18 countries. The Marians follow the teachings of The Holy Father and of the Catholic Faith. They reside in Eden Hill, Stockbridge, Massachusetts (USA) where we find the national shrine of Divine Mercy, the Marian Helpers Association, and Marian Publisher.
“Casa de la Misericordia” begins in 1959 with a prayer group. After celebrating the first International Mercy Congress of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1994, the community commits itself to promote the message of God’s Mercy and adopting a new name (1996): “Casa de la Misericordia.” Various communities have opened in Colombia, television programs (“In you I trust”) were accomplished (during 4 years) and many other radio stations were occupied in cities such as Bucaramanga, Cúcuta y Medellín aimed at distributing the message of Mercy. In their vision 2009, they seek to strengthen their members to become apostles of Mercy.
* There are many more Divine Mercy groups in the United States, Latin America, and rest of the world. The intention is to include them all in here so that everyone can feel motivated and united in a common goal: to show the world God’s Mercy.
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