As the Women of Jesus Merciful Passion (Religious) we aspire to imitate St. Joseph because he is the exemplar of all the virtues to which religious persons are bound by vow. He is the master of holy Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. We pray to St. Joseph for protection, trusting that as he loved and protected Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary in Nazareth, he will do so for us, as we grow in profound love for them as well. We want to imitate St. Joseph in his humility and obedience to God.
St. Faustina lived a life of heroic virtue and is a perfect example of how a religious should live. We are called to cooperate with Jesus, The Divine Mercy, through the intercession of St. Faustina, to implore God’s mercy for all souls as we accompany them on their pilgrimage of life, through spiritual direction and holy hospitality. The Diary of St. Faustina is a blessed guide for religious sisters, as we aspire to grow in holiness.
St. Anthony of Padua
It was St. Anthony who in a prophetic dream instructed me (Catherine M. Lanni) word by word the role of The Blessed Virgin Mary in The Holy Trinity: “The Blessed Virgin Mary is the daughter of the Creator, Mother of the Son of God and spouse of the Holy Spirit.” He also enlightened me (Catherine M. Lanni) to the ardent desire of Jesus Christ regarding the importance of praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. St. Anthony was an evangelist, profound homilist, preacher and speaker, but had a strong commitment to holy Poverty. Our community of sisters will implore the intercession of St. Anthony when they will go out into the communities to evangelize, direct retreats and give talks to help the people of God to understand, as St. Anthony did, in such profound simplicity, that the learned as well as those who are not catechized would understand.
St. Therese of The Child Jesus
St. Therese is a Doctor of the Church, known for her little way which gives souls the sure hope of becoming a great saint, by simply offering everything to God, especially our many, small daily sacrifices. As sisters living in community, we can make the most of our little daily sacrifices by offering them as acts of love to God. Something as simple as getting a sister a cup of tea, or picking a string off the carpet, done as an act of love for God, can bring great holiness.
Pope St. John Paul II
Pope St. John Paul II, known as the “Mercy Pope,” worked tirelessly on the investigation of the Diary of St. Faustina when he was Cardinal Archbishop Karol Wojtila of Cracow, and finding it to be authentic and true, worked with the Vatican to lift its suspension. In 1978 the ban was completely lifted. Upon becoming Pope John Paul II, he wrote his encyclical on Divine Mercy and in the year of 2000, he canonized St Faustina and declared the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday to be observed by the entire Church. He passed on to Eternal Life on the Vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday. In 2011, in a prophetic dream of the then deceased Pope John Paul II, Catherine was instructed by him that “now was the time to purchase St. Claude Church and transform it to the Divine Mercy Center.” He instructed her on how it was to be purchased – “debt free, and from the money from the people’s pocket and suffering.” A solid physical confirmation was given her by him, and was accepted by the church authorities as God’s will.
St. Raphael Archangel of Healing and Mercy
St. Raphael’s name means “Medicine of God.” He is known as the Archangel of God’s Mercy and Light, who comes to bring healing to many. He is the medicine of God who comes to relieve the ills of all burdens and sufferings, and to restore God’s people to the truth of God’s love and Mercy. St. Raphael is the Healing and Deliverance Archangel. We pray through the intercession of St. Raphael for healing and mercy, for all those whom God entrusts to us.