August 25, 1905

Helena Kowalska was born in Glogowiec, Poland; the third of ten children living off a small farm and her father’s carpentry work.

August 27, 1905   Helena is baptized at St. Casimir’s church in Swinice Warckie.

1912   At the age of seven, Helena hears a voice calling her to religious life.

1914   Helena receives first Holy Communion.

1917   Helena begins her primary education, which lasts only two and a half years.

1920   At age 15, Helena begins domestic work to help support her large family.

1922   Helena returns home, announces a desire to enter the convent; her parents oppose; she works two years to help support her family.

July 1924   Helena sees a vision of the scourged Christ who calls her to religious life. Helena goes to Warsaw to search for a convent, and she works to support herself.

August 1925   Helena is accepted by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy; one month later she wants to leave for a stricter order but stays.

April 30, 1926   Helena receives habit and her religious name Maria Faustina.

April 3, 1927   Sr. Faustina experiences spiritual dark night during novitiate.

April 16, 1928   On Good Friday, she is engulfed by the flame of Divine Love.

April 30, 1928   Sr. Faustina makes her first profession of temporary vows.

December 1928   Newly elected Mother General Michaela Moraczewska is source of help and comfort to Sr. Faustina during her religious life.

October 1928-30   Easily adaptable, Sr. Faustina is sent to work at various houses.

February 22, 1931   Sr. Faustina has a vision of Jesus who tells her to paint His image.

May 1, 1933   Sr. Faustina takes her perpetual vows.

May 25, 1933   Sr. Faustina goes to Vilnius where she receives many mystical experiences and is assisted by Fr. Michael Sopocko, a wise spiritual director.

January 2, 1934   Sr. Faustina visits the artist Kazimirowski, who is to paint the image.

March 29, 1934   Sr. Faustina offers herself for sinners, especially those who lack trust.

June 1934   The painting of Divine Mercy is completed, but Sr. Faustina does not like it.

July 1934   Beginning of Sr. Faustina’s illness; she begins writing the Diary directed by Fr. Michael Sopocko.

April 28, 1935   (Feast of Mercy) Divine Mercy image is publicly venerated in Vilnius for the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Redemption: January 8, 1936. Sr. Faustina informs the Bishop that Jesus requests the founding of an order.

May 11, 1936   Sr. Faustina goes to Krakow; guided by Fr. Andrasz SJ; her health deteriorates.

September 1937   Holy cards with the Divine Mercy image printed for the first time.

September 1938   Sr. Faustina prepares herself for death, and she asks pardon of the Congregation.

October 5, 1938   Sr. Faustina makes her final confession, and dies late in the evening.

October 7, 1938   Funeral of Sr. Faustina, burial at the convent cemetery.

1938-1959   The Divine Mercy message spreads worldwide through the efforts of Fr. Michael Sopocko, Confessor and Spiritual Director of Sr. Faustina who published images and literature in many languages.

April 1941   Fr. Joseph Jarzebowski, MIC, brings the Divine Mercy message to the USA and the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception begins to spread the message in Polish.

March 6, 1959   Holy Office issues a notification banning Divine Mercy devotion.

October 21, 1965   Informative Process of Sr. Faustina’s life and virtues is opened by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, Archbishop of Krakow, encouraged by Cardinal Ottaviani, the Prefect of the Holy Office.

September 1967   Informative Process closes; Cardinal Wojtyla sends acts to Rome, January 31, 1968   The process of Beatification of Sr. Faustina is inaugurated.

April 15, 1978   The Prefect of Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declares the Notification ban no longer binding.

October 16, 1978   Cardinal Karol Wojtyla becomes Pope John Paul II.

July 12, 1979   The Prefect for the Doctrine of Faith issued an authoritative explanation of the Notification stating that no impediments exist in the spread of the message and devotion to the Divine Mercy in the forms proposed by Sr. Faustina.

November 30, 1980   Pope John Paul II issues encyclical on the Divine Mercy.

November 22, 1981   Pope John Paul II visits the Shrine of Merciful Love in Collevalenza near Todi, Italy, stating that, “Right from the beginning of my ministry in St. Peter’s See in Rome, I considered this message (of Divine Mercy) my special task.”

April 10, 1991   Pope John Paul II links the encyclical’s message to Sr. Faustina.

March 7, 1992   Decree of Heroic Virtues of Sr. Faustina is promulgated.

December 1992   Miracle through intercession of Sr. Faustina is accepted.

April 18, 1993   Sr. Faustina is beatified in Rome on the Second Sunday of Easter.

January 2000   Second miracle through Blessed Faustina intercession is accepted.

April 30, 2000   Blessed Faustina is canonized in Rome on Divine Mercy Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday is proclaimed.

May 5, 2000   Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issues a Decree proclaiming the Second Sunday of Easter also as Divine Mercy Sunday.

December 2000   The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments listed the Devotion to the Divine Mercy in its Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy: Principles and Guidelines.

April 22, 2001   Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated officially for the first time by the universal Church.

May 13, 2001   Congregation For The Clergy issues a document: “Priest of God, you embody the Mystery of Mercy.”

August 18, 2002   John Paul II consecrates the whole world to the Divine Mercy from The Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow-Lagiewniki, the site of St. Faustina’s tomb.

August 21, 2002   Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary issued on Indulgences attached to devotions in honor of Divine Mercy.

April 02, 2005   On the Vigil of the Feast of Divine Mercy Holy Father John Paul II – The Great Pope of the Divine Mercy died

June 28, 2005   Process of Beatification of John Paul II  is opened by  Holy Father Benedict XVI.