Rights and Obligations of the Members of the Association
§10. The Association is made up of:
(3) honorary members.
(1) Any person, including a minor, who commits to accomplish the tasks specified in §15 art.1-3, may be a volunteer.
(2) A volunteer shall be accepted on the basis of a completed declaration.
(3) A volunteer who is of legal age, after being a volunteer for a year, may apply for membership in the Association.
(1) Any person who is of legal age (priest, consecrated person, or lay Catholic) who makes a resolve to participate in fulfilling the goals of the Association and who commits to obey its Statutes may be a member of the Association.
(2) Admission to membership follows after being a volunteer for at least one year. The Association’s Board admits members by a simple majority of votes, in a secret ballot, on the basis of a written application, a duly completed personal questionnaire, a letter of reference from his/her parish pastor or appropriate superior, letters of reference from two persons; these letters must be approved by the ecclesiastical authorities.
(3) The Board may, for good and sufficient reason, shorten a person’s period of a being a volunteer.
(4) After going through the necessary formation, specified by the Board, members may make a promise of commitment and service in the work of Divine Mercy for a specified period (one year) or for life.
§13 The Board may confer honorary membership for outstanding service in the pursuit of the goals of the Association.
§14 Members of the Association:
(1) share more fully in the spirituality and apostolic mission of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy;
(2) partake in the spiritual goods of the Association, which the Merciful Jesus has promised to all apostles of the Divine Mercy:
Souls who spread the honour of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Saviour (Diary 1075).
All those souls who will glorify My mercy and spread its worship, encouraging others to trust in My mercy, will not experience terror at the hour of death. My mercy will shield them in that final battle (Diary 1540).
To priests who proclaim and extol My mercy, I will give wondrous power; I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they will speak. (Diary 1521).
(3) may submit proposals and suggestions to the authorities of the Association;
(4) insofar as possible, shall participate in the works of the Association;
(5) possess a membership card, and a badge of the Association according to the conditions set out in the regulations;
(6) may vote and be elected to [be part of] the Association’s authorities.
§15 Volunteers of the Association are obliged:
(1) insofar as possible, to learn about the mystery of God’s mercy, and to cultivate an attitude of trust, by fulfilling the will of God contained in the commandments and obligations of their state;
(2) to pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy;
(3) during the day, to accomplish, for the love of Jesus, at least one act of mercy towards one’s neighbours by deed, word, or prayer.
§ 16 Members of the Association have the obligation
(1) to regularly receive the holy sacraments (if possible, monthly Confession and more frequent Holy Communion);
(2) to continually [make efforts to] learn the mystery of Divine Mercy, most fully revealed in Christ crucified and risen. To become thoroughly familiar with the message of Divine Mercy handed on through Saint Faustina;
(3) to proclaim the message of the Divine Mercy by the witness of life and words;
(4) to develop the attitude of complete trust in God through the fulfilment of His will in every circumstance of life, depending on one’s state and profession;
(5) during the day, to accomplish, for the love of Jesus, at least one act of mercy towards one’s neighbours by deed, word, or prayer;
(6)insofar as possible, to carry out or participate in works of mercy, especially for persons in need of deep moral renewal;
(7) to pray and offer their suffering, especially for the conversion of sinners, and for priests and religious;
(8) during the day, to unite oneself with the Merciful Jesus by acts of love and by prayer, imploring Divine Mercy for the entire world;
(9) to practice the forms of worship handed on through Saint Faustina: veneration of the image of Merciful Jesus, daily prayer of the Chaplet to the Divine Mercy, prayer at the hour of Mercy, and celebration of the Feast of Mercy;
(10) to undergo, individually and in community, the current formation program of the Association;
(11) to take an active part in fulfilling all the goals of the Association;
(12) to conform to the provisions of the Statutes, regulations and resolutions of the Association;
(13) to represent, with dignity, the Association in one’s own milieu;
(14) to pay membership dues regularly, in the amount established by the Board.
§17 Volunteership and membership in the Association is terminated following
(1) a request submitted in writing to the Association’s Board;
(2) the removal of the person’s name from the book of volunteers and members, by virtue of a decision of the Board, in the case of non-fulfilment of the obligations arising from the Statutes, and in particular in the case of scandalous behaviour not befitting a Christian’s conduct. The decision to remove a name ought to be preceded by a written warning.