The Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy “Faustinum” springs from the charism of Saint Faustina, from her spirituality and her apostolic activities. It brings together priests, religious, and lay persons who desire to serve the message of Divine Mercy.
The Association “Faustinum” was founded on March 6, 1996 by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow, Franciszek Cardinal Macharski, at the request of the Superior General of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Mother Paulina Slomka. The Association “Faustinum” has both the Church’s approval and a civil legal status. The Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy is subordinate to the Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow, and from the Society of Jesus, the Metropolitan confirms its spiritual director. The seat of the Association “Faustinum” is located at the world centre for worship of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Lagiewniki.
The goals of the Association:
- To strive for Christian perfection – that is, to perfect love – following the path of trust in God and mercy toward one’s neighbour.
- To come to know and proclaim the mystery of Divine Mercy as most fully revealed in the crucified and risen Christ.
- To implore God’s mercy for the whole world, especially for sinners as well as for priests and religious.
The Community of the Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy consists of volunteers and members from nearly 100 different countries on all continents.
The main emphasis in the activity of the Association is laid precisely on the formation which is to help the apostles of Divine Mercy facilitate their encounter with the Merciful Jesus, introduce them into the fascinating world of being in communion with God and prepare them to undertake the mission of mercy in their own milieu.