Finally, after many years of work, “Wydawnictwo Misericordia”, the publishing arm of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has recently released a NEW English translation of the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska.
This translation of the Diary from the original Polish into British English was done by Teresa Bałuk-Ulewiczowa on commission from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, “for use as a starting text for further mediated translation into other languages where there are no translators with a sufficient knowledge of Polish to translate the Diary from the original text” (Translator’s Foreword to the new translation of the Diary).
Some of those who have had the chance to read this rendering of our beloved Saint’s work have commented that:
- “It is a refreshing read. St. Faustina comes across as very normal and warm, not at all formal or a bit stiff as I thought she was.”
- “The poetical translation of St. Faustina’s verses is superb. I had considered St. Faustina’s poetry (reading it in English) a bit of a let down, since it didn’t really rhyme—it appeared more like prose written in verse format. Reading this translation, I have fallen in love with St. Faustina’s poetry and her Diary all over again.”
It is indeed a unique translation. It “has probably been the most challenging task I have ever faced in my work as translator,” says the humble yet distinguished, academic giant in the art and science of translation, Dr. Teresa Bałuk-Ulewiczowa in her Foreword to the new translation. She was born in the United Kingdom, a native speaker of English and Polish, a graduate of London University, later a doctoral student at the Jagiellonian University, and then a researcher and teacher in the same university conducting classes at the Master’s level and seminars in translation theory and practice.
We invite and encourage you to get your own copy of the New Translation of the Diary of St. Faustina, available from our Misericordia Online Store. We believe that you will rediscover anew the beauty of St. Faustina and the depth and tenderness of the Lord’s mercy for you personally.
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