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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Millions Being Exposed to Divine Mercy as 'Divine Mercy Matters' Miniseries Goes Viral

English: Divine Mercy. Painting in Divine Merc...
English: Divine Mercy. Painting in Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Vilnius Polski:  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



  
Summary
The Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception has teamed up with an independent Hollywood producer to create Divine Mercy Matters, a 14-part miniseries launched last month across all media platforms. The series covers a variety of topics, including the life of St. Faustina, the essential elements of the Divine Mercy devotion (feast, image, novena, chaplet, and hour of mercy), and the tremendous promises given by God to those who ask for His mercy. Please go to divinemercymatters.org to view the episodes, sign up for webinars, and access other resources on living the Divine Mercy message and devotion.
www.DivineMercyMatters.org

Contact: Peter Markavage, Association of Marian Helpers413-298-1303,pmarkavage@marian.org

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass., March 10, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Initiating a bold outreach for the New Evangelization in the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception has teamed up with Oscar Delgado, an independent Hollywood producer, to create Divine Mercy Matters, a 14-part miniseries launched three weeks ago across all media platforms. It has blown apart expectations for viewership.

"Millions are being exposed to this incredible Divine Mercy Matter miniseries moving hearts and minds" said Producer Oscar Delgado. "It is a sign for our times the amount of interest being generated."

Father Chris Alar, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers and host of the Divine Mercy series, said: "We are throwing open our archives in order to bring to the Church and the world the very best teaching about the Divine Mercy message and devotion as given through St. Faustina Kowalska, the Secretary of Divine Mercy. As Pope Francis has said repeatedly, now is the time for mercy, and the legacy of St. Faustina is a providential gift for this moment of mercy."

The series covers a variety of topics, including the life of St. Faustina, the essential elements of the Divine Mercy devotion (feast, image, novena, chaplet, and hour of mercy), and the tremendous promises given by God to those who ask for His mercy.

Please go to divinemercymatters.org to view the episodes, sign up for webinars, and access other resources on living Divine Mercy.

Part of the legacy of St. Faustina is the revelation of how deeply necessary Divine Mercy is for the Church and the world today. Jesus told St. Faustina, "Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation, that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity. Secretary of My mercy, write, tell all souls about this great mercy of mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice is near."

Jesus told Faustina that she was to spread this message of mercy to the whole world as His messenger of mercy. He also seemed to refer to St. John Paul II and Divine Mercy when He revealed to St. Faustina, "From her [Poland] will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming."

That spark has ignited what some have called the greatest grassroots movement in the history of the Church, with ordinary Catholics helping to spread Divine Mercy across the world. The Marian Fathers have been one of the main sources of publications and resources for that movement since its inception. Divine Mercy Matters continues that tradition of sharing the Divine Mercy with the world.

The 14 episodes of the Divine Mercy Matters miniseries draws upon the teachings of some of the greatest experts on Divine Mercy, including Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, vice-postulator emeritus for the cause of canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska.

After the Vatican permitted the spread of the message and devotion in 1978, Fr. Seraphim successfully smuggled a copy of the manuscript of the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul out of Communist Poland, thus enabling it to be published and spread across the world. He was present for St. Faustina's approved beatification miracle, and successfully documented both the beatification and the canonization miracles attributed to the intercession of St. Faustina, helping make her the first saint canonized in the new millennium.

"The Divine Mercy message is in the DNA of our congregation," said the Very Rev. Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, the Marians' provincial superior for the United States and Argentina. Before he'd even become a Marian, a young Kazimierz Chwalek assisted with the initial translation and publication of the Diary of St. Faustina. "It is critical in this time to amplify the Holy Father's message of mercy."

Former NBC News Senior War Coverage Producer Oscar Delgado, a Marian Helper for nearly 20 years, said, "Jesus repeatedly warns us when he said, 'Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.'" The purpose of this initiative, said Delgado, is to help the world turn to Divine Mercy and thereby bring about peace.

If you would like to schedule an interview with Fr. Chris or Fr. Kaz, please contact Peter Markavage at (413) 298-1303.

Who we are
The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception have been promoters of the authentic Divine Mercy message and devotion since 1941. Their apostolic center is located at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In 1993, Pope John Paul II gave the Marian Congregation a special mandate: "Be Apostles of Divine Mercy under the maternal and loving guidance of Mary."

Contact
Peter Markavage
Association of Marian Helpers
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
(413) 298-1303
pmarkavage@marian.org