RELICS OF ST. FAUSTINA, ST. JOHN PAUL II, AND BL. FR. SOPOCKO
The Diocese of Colorado Springs has obtained the relics of St. Faustina, St. John Paul II, and Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko. These relics temporarily reside at St. Patrick Catholic Church until the Divine Mercy Shrine becomes a reality. They are available to travel to parishes and other institutions in the Diocese of Colorado Springs.
If you are interested in having these relics 'visit' your parish, please contact the Divine Mercy Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The relic of Saint Faustina is a bone fragment of the saint. The reliquary has the words in Polish for “Jesus, I trust in You!” in a banner under the relic. At the base of the relic is the Coat of Arms for the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy which St Faustina entered in 1926 and in which she lived until her death in 1938.
The relic of Saint John Paul II is a piece of his blood-stained clothing from the day of the assassination attempt, May 13, 1981. The reliquary has a banner with John Paul’s motto: “Totus Tuus” referring to the saint’s total consecration to Mary. At the bottom is the Coat of Arms of his papacy. He died on Divine Mercy Sunday, 2005.
The relic of Blessed Fr. Michael Sopocko (1888-1975) is a bone fragment of his right arm used to bless and bestow absolution. He met St. Faustina in 1933 and advised her to write the Diary. He also arranged for the original painting of Divine Mercy. Jesus told St. Faustina that, "He is a priest after my own Heart." In 1942, he founded the Sisters of Merciful Jesus.