My heart is a permanent dwelling place for Jesus. No one but Jesus has access to it. It is from Jesus that I derive strength to fight difficulties and oppositions. I want to be transformed into Jesus in order to be able to give myself completely to souls. Without Jesus I would not get near to souls, because I know what I am of myself. I absorb God into myself in order to give Him to souls. (Diary 193)

 

Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska was born Helena Kowalska in Glogowiec, Poland, on August 25, 1905 and baptized two days later a St. Casimir Church, Swinise Warckie, Poland. As her diary notes, only seven years later, she first heard a “voice in her soul” calling her to a more perfect way of life. For the next thirty-three years of her life Helen (later Sister Maria Faustina) Kowalska followed the way led by that voice in her soul.

Having been canonized by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000, as the first saint of the 21st century, Saint Maria Faustina continues to follow that voice of Christ and calls all throughout the world to do likewise.

St. Faustina was guided in her short-lived journey by many holy people, most notably Father Michael Sopocko. Fr. Sopocko, now Blessed Michael Sopocko, was Sr. Faustina’s spiritual director for that last few years of her life. It is at Fr. Sopocko’s insistence that we have Sr. Faustina’s Diary.

While St. Faustina’s life was short, it was full of both joy, torment, and suffering. Joy at being spoken to and visited by Christ and His Blessed Mother, tormented by torrential health problems, and suffering by being precluded from telling her conversations and visions to anyone other than her confessors.

Our Divine Mercy of the Rockies Pilgrimages trace the major events on St. Faustina’s life in Lithuania and Poland. Along the way, we also look in on the lives of those who influenced her, like Bl. Michael Sopocko, and those she influenced, like Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, the Polish priest martyred in 1987 by the Polish Communist government, and St. John Paul II, who, as Archbishop of Warsaw, took up the cause for Sr. Faustina’s sainthood.

In the pages below, you will find memories of some of the places we visited on our pilgrimages and our plans for future excursions into the birthplace of today's devotion to Divine Mercy.

2021 - In the Footsteps of St. Faustina

 
Recognizing the many uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus, we are rescheduling our In the Footsteps of St. Faustina pilgrimage for 2021. We hope you will begin to plan now to join us on this wonderfully spiritual pilgrimage to the origins of Divine Mercy.
 
We will visit many of the historic sites in the lives of St. Faustina, Bl. Fr. Sopocko, and St. John Paul II, who jointly brought the light of Divine Mercy into a world darkened by the death and destruction of World War II.
 
For more details on our Pilgrimage, click the image to the left to download the flier. (The flier contains a planned itinerary.)
 
If you think you might be interested, please Click HERE or the Contact (above), and we will keep you informed of our plans.
 
For a pictorial overview of our planned 2021 Pilgrimage, click the video below.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 

We of Divine Mercy of the Rockies continue to focus on our three objectives: 1) Promote Jesus’ message of Divine Mercy; 2) Foster mercy in prayers, words, and deeds; and 3) Establish a Shrine and Center for Research and Education to serve the entire Rocky Mountain region.

We were excited earlier this year when the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus – the congregation Jesus told St. Faustina He wanted to be established – accepted Bishop Sheridan’s invitation to found a convent within the Diocese of Colorado Springs. They will beautifully model mercy in prayers, words, and deeds. In anticipation of their arrival, we are actively seeking employment for the Sisters and a suitable location for their convent.

Our most challenging objective will be establishing the Divine Mercy of the Rockies Shrine and Center for Research and Education which we intend to be run by the Sisters.

In the meantime, we are developing a targeted direct-mail campaign to educate and raise awareness of Divine Mercy; exploring the placement of large Divine Mercy roadside signs along high-traffic highways; increasing Home Enthronements of Jesus, the Divine Mercy, as King of Home and Family; promoting and establishing new Divine Mercy Cenacles and prayer groups; translating our website and selected materials into Spanish; and planning our next Pilgrimage to Lithuania and Poland, where we will walk in the footsteps of St. Faustina and Bl. Fr. Sopocko.

While we daily pray that Jesus will guide us in our efforts to more widely promote His message of Divine Mercy, we know He will accomplish this important work primarily through those like you, who share our devotion to Him.

So, we ask you to consider, at this crucial time, making a generous, tax-deductible donation to Divine Mercy of the Rockies. If you can make it a monthly gift, that would help us immensely!

You can make your gift by clicking on the image and completing the donation form, or you can mail your check to Divine Mercy of the Rockies at the address below:
Divine Mercy of the Rockies
St. Benedict Catholic Church
12130 Falcon Highway
Falcon, CO 80931