We are pleased to announce that the Board of the Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy “Faustinum”
at the meeting on January 30, 2021, awarded the title of honorary members to three people
who contributed to the achievement of the goals of the “Faustinum” Association
and to spread the devotion to Divine mercy.
The new honorary members are:
Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak OLM
Bishop Stanislav Stolarik from Slovakia
Father Marek Wójtowicz SJ
The ceremonial presentation of badges of the honorary member
will take place on the 25th anniversary of the Association on March 6, 2021
at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki.
Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak OLM – press speaker of The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
Sister M. Elżbieta Siepak OLM is a person of exceptional merit for the “Faustinum” association, because she was involved in its foundation and led it as a chairwoman in the first years of its development (1996-2006). The sister developed the association’s statute; prepared a formation program, published many publications on the life, mission and spirituality of St. Faustina, including formation manuals translated into foreign languages. During the 10-year term of office, she organized the International Congresses of the Apostles of Divine Mercy, symposia devoted to topics related to the mission of St. Faustina and devotion to the Divine Mercy and as well as other formation meetings; founded new formation communities “Faustinum”; she repeatedly participated in mission trips, she has taken part in missionary journeys many times preaching the message of mercy in Poland and in the world; for many years she was and still is the editor-in-chief of the quarterly “The Message of Mercy”, serving the formation of apostles of God’s mercy. Sister constantly supports our association both spiritually and through preached conferences and substantive consultations, for which we are very thankful.
Bishop Stanislav Stolarik – bishop of Roznava diocese in Slovakia
Bishop Stanislav Stolarik contributed to the expansion of the devotion of Divine Mercy in Slovakia. We are grateful that while still the dean he gave Nihil objection to the book of Fr. Ignacy Różycki, “Basic features of the devotion to Divine Mercy”, thanks to which this book was published for the first time in Slovakia. In his sermons, the Bishop often spoke about the devotion of Divine Mercy and always took care of the proper spreading of the devotion to Divine Mercy. As chairman of the Liturgical Commission of the Slovak Bishops’ Conference, he supported the publishing of books that served the formation of the Apostles of Divine Mercy in the “Faustinum” Association. He has always provided advice on matters related to the functioning of our association in Slovakia, and it is still the case today, for which we are very thankful today.
Fr Marek Wójtowicz SJ – spiritual guardian of the “Faustinum” Association
Father Marek Wójtowicz SJ has been serving as the spiritual guardian of the “Faustinum” Association since 2001. Over the past 20 years, he has participated in the meetings of the “Faustinum” Board, during which he served by his advice and participated in making important decisions regarding the association. Throughout this time, he regularly participated in the monthly formation meetings in Krakow, preaching conferences and celebrating the Eucharist. He also ministered during the days of recollection, retreats and other meetings organized by the association, for which we are wholeheartedly thankful.