Mercy Mondays

Kamil Ziolkowski

Kamil Ziolkowski is a seminarian at Bishop Abramowicz Seminary.

  1. Divine Mercy: An Opportunity Worth Celebrating

    By Kamil Ziolkowski | Monday, March 28, 2016

    The first efforts to establish the Divine Mercy in the Catholic Church were undertaken by Blessed Michael Sopocko, confessor and confidant of St. Faustina Kowalska. He had been promoting this worship since 1935 in the churches of Vilnius, present-day Lithuania. In 1946, the Polish Bishops' Conference, led by Cardinal Augustus Hlond, sent a petition to the Vatican to establish the Feast of Divine Mercy on the first Sunday after Easter. However, after 11 years, in 1957, the Vatican commissioned a group to examine the development of the devotion to the Divine Mercy. During the canonization of Sister Faustina in 2000, John Paul II proclaimed the second Sunday of Easter as the Feast of Divine Mercy for the whole Church. It is worth noting that the Church beatified John Paul II on the Feast of Divine Mercy in 2011, and proclaimed him a saint, alongside of John XXIII, on the Feast of Divine Mercy in 2014.