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.

2020 - In the Footsteps of St. Faustina

We are busily planning our next Divine Mercy Pilgrimage. In the mean time, here is a preliminary itinerary that we have put together. As we continue our planning, we will update this page. If you think you might be interested, please contact us, and we will keep you informed of our plans. You are under no obligation, but it is very helpful to us to have an idea of how much interest there is.
 

2018 - St. Faustina's Life Journey

Lithuania

 

Poland

Testimonials

     This was a holy, beautiful, and well-organized pilgrimage to Lithuania and Poland, with holy sites and daily Masses that were spiritually enriching.

     Every night I would say “It can’t get any better than this.”  Then the next day came…and it surpassed all expectations.  (My favorite part was visiting Jasna Gora and seeing Our Lady of Czestochowa.)

     This pilgrimage increased my knowledge, love, and devotion for the Divine Mercy and instilled in me a mission, back home, to promote Our Lord’s image, message, and promises. I highly recommend this pilgrimage to the incredible and blessed country of Poland to all who seek a better understanding of the Divine Mercy.

Theresa


     As much as I liked seeing the beautiful old churches and learning about the history of Poland’s long-suffering people, I enjoyed just being in one of the few countries which is still predominantly and PROUDLY Catholic.  To see so many Poles devoutly praying, adoring the Blessed Sacrament, or attending Mass was a reminder of the way things used to be…and an encouragement that it can be that way again.

     And we were blessed, each day, to learn more about Christ’s unfathomable mercy from the sisters who know it so well and live it so beautifully…and from Father Goodyear’s wonderful homilies.

Connie


     Even though I had been practicing Divine Mercy devotions for some years, the Pilgrimage awakened me to venerate the Image and pray the Chaplet even more.  I’ve also been reflecting in a special way on Psalm 136, with its description of God’s goodness, power, protection and prudent care…and its continual reminder that “His mercy endures forever.”

Brigida