August 25, 1905 Helen Kowalska is born in the village of Glogowiec, Turek County, Lodz Province, Poland (Parish records of births).
August 27, 1905 She is baptized in St. Casimir Church, Swinice Warckie, Turek County,
by pastor, Rev. Joseph Chodynski. She receives the name of Helen.
(Acts of the Parish in Swinice).
1912 At the age of seven, Helen hears for the first time a voice in her
soul, calling her to a more perfect way of life (Diary I:3).
1914 She receives First Holy Communion from the hands of her pastor,
Rev.Pawlowski (Acts of the Parish in Swinice).
November 1917 She begins her primary education in Swinice (Minutes from Zbiorczej
Szkoly Gminnej w Swinicach Warckich, April 6, 1976).
1919 At the age of 14, Helen begins to work for the Bryszewski family in
Aleksandrow, near Lodz, in order to help her parents (Memoirs of her
mother, Marianne Kowalska).
October 30, 1921 She receives the Sacrament of Confirmation in Alexandrow, near Lodz,
from Bishop Vincent Tymienecki.
1922 After working for a year for the Bryszewski family, she returns home and
announces that she wishes to enter a convent. Her parents decidedly
oppose this move (Diary I:4; Memoirs of her mother).
Autumn 1922 Helen leaves for Lodz to look for more work in order to help her parents.
She works for three terciaries (Memoirs of her mother, p. 5; Memoirs of
February 2, 1923 Referred by an employment agency, she goes to work for Marcianne
Sadowska, the owner of a store on 29 Abaramowski St., Lodz, where
she remains until July 1, 1924 (Memoirs of Mrs. Sadowska, p.2).
July 1924 Helen goes to Warsaw to enter a convent there (Memoirs of Mother
General Michael Moraczewska, handwritten, p.1; Diary I:4).
She applies at the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at
3/9 Zytnia Street in Warsaw. The superior assesses her as “no one
special” and puts her to the test, telling her to go to work so she can pay
for her wardrobe (Memoirs of Mother Michael, p. 1; Memoirs of Sister
Borgia, p. 1).
Summer 1924 Helen goes to work as a domestic for Aldona Lipszyc, at Ostrowek,
Klembow County, near Warsaw (Memoirs of A. Lipszyc, p.1).
August 1, 1925 She again applies to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of
Mercy, and this time she is accepted (Memoirs of Sister Borgia, p.1;
Circa Helen wants to leave the Congregation to enter a stricter order.
August 22, 1925 She feels that there is too little time for prayer in the Congregation of Our
Lady of Mercy (Memoirs of Mother Michael, p.2; Diary I:6).
August 1925 The superior sends her to Skolimow, a vacation house of the
Congregation, near Warsaw, to regain her strength (Memoirs of Mother
January 23, 1926 She leaves for the Novitiate in Cracow to complete her postulancy
period, make a retreat, and receive the veil (Memoirs of Sister Borgia, p.
1; Diary I:7).
April 30, 1926` After an eight-day retreat, she receives her habit and her name in
religion. From now on Helen will bear the name Sister Maria Faustina
(Cracow Chron. III:177; Memoirs of Sister Clemens).
June 20, 1926 An administrative change of the Directress of Novices influences Sister
Faustina‟s spiritual formation (Cracow Chron. III:179).
April 3, 1927 Sister Faustina experiences the spiritual dark night. The trial lasts
almost to the end of the Novitiate. Mother Directress, Mary Joseph
Brzoza, encourages her, excuses her from formal spiritual exercises,
and urges her to great fidelity to God (Diary I:8).
April 16, 1928 On Good Friday, the flame of Divine Love encompasses the suffering
novice. She forgets past sufferings, and she more clearly recognizes
how much Christ suffered for her (Diary I:10).
April 20, 1928 In the evening Sister Faustina, together with other sisters, begins the
retreat before taking temporary vows (Chron. III:203; Memoirs of Mother
Michael, p.3; Diary I:11).
April 30, 1928 Sister Faustina makes her first profession of temporary vows, which she
will renew each year for five years, until the moment when she will make
her perpetual vows (Cracow Chron. III:203; Memoirs of Mother Michael,
Dec. 6-10, 1928 At the General Chapter of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of
Mercy, Mother Michael Moraczewska is elected Mother General (Cracow
Chron. III:210). [Mother Michael will be Superior throughout Sister
Faustina‟s life. In difficult moments she will be her help and comfort.
Into her hands Sister Faustina will place her perpetual vows. Before
death she will ask pardon of the whole Congregation through Mother‟s
hands for all the failings committed during her entire religious life
(Memoirs of Mother Michael, pp. 5, 11, 12).]
October 31, 1928 Sister Faustina leaves for 3/9 Zytnia Street, Warsaw, where she is
assigned to work in the kitchen (Cracow Chron. III:212).
February 21, 1929 She leaves for Vilnius to substitute for a sister going for her third
probation (Vilnius Chron. I:9).
April 11, 1929 By morning train, she leaves Vilnius to return to Warsaw (Vil. Chron.
June 1929 She is assigned to work in a newly-formed house on Hetmanska Street,
Warsaw (Memoirs of Sisters).
After a few months, Sister Faustina returns to the house on 3/9 Zytnia
Street. Meanwhile the students, (wards) with whom she worked,
promise that they will follow her there (Memoirs of Sisters).
July 7, 1929 For a short while, Sister Faustina is sent to a house of the Congregation
in Kiekrz near Poznan, to substitute for an ailing sister in the kitchen
(Memoirs of Syster Xavier; letter of July 6 with no year, placed in the
memoirs; Diary I:74).
October 1929 She is already back in Warsaw, as evidenced by a letter to Sister
Justine, dated October 20, 1929. (Letters #25:66).
May-June 1930 Assigned to the house of the Congregation in Plock, Sister Faustina
works there by turns in the bakery, the kitchen, and the bakery store
(Memoirs of Mother Michael, p.3).
During her stay in Plock (from June 1930 to November 1932), she
spends some time in Biala (a house of the Congregation situated in a
village about 10 kilometers from Plock).
[Because the chronicles of Warsaw and Plock were ruined during World
War II, it is difficult to fully ascertain the dates of her stay in these
A letter to Sister Justine Golofit, dated December 17, 1930, witnesses to
the fact that Sister Faustina is, at that time, still in Biala (Letters #26:68).
February 22, 1931 Sister Faustina sees a vision of the Lord Jesus, who tells her to paint an
image according to the pattern she sees (Diary I:18; Memoirs of Mother
November 1932 She arrives in Warsaw for the Third Probation, which the Sisters of Our
Lady of Mercy make before taking perpetual vows (Memoirs of Mother
Michael, p.5; Diary I:84). Before beginning the Third Probation, she
does to Walendow to make a retreat (Memoirs of Sister Seraphina
Kukulska; Diary I:84).
December 1, 1932 Together with other sisters she begins the Third Probation under the
direction of Sister Margaret Gimbutt (Memoirs of Mother Michael, p.5;
The Third Probation in this Congregation lasts for five months. During
this time, Sister Faustina works in the vestry, helping Sister Suzanne
Tokarski (Memoirs of Mother Michael, p. 5; Memoirs of Sister Suzanne; Diary I:89).
March 1933 Sister Faustina‟s younger sister, Wanda, visits her (Diary I:97).
April 18, 1933 With other sisters, Sister Faustina goes to Cracow to make an eight-day
retreat and her profession of perpetual vows (Cracow Chron. IV:8).
April 21, 1933 The eight-day retreat begins under the direction of Father Wojnar, S.J.
(Cracow Chron. IV:8; Diary I:102).
May 1, 1933 Sister Faustina makes her perpetual vows. The celebrant for this
ceremony is Bishop Stanislaus Rospond.
After the vows, Sister Faustina remains in Cracow for another month
(Memoirs of Mother Michael, p.5; Cracow Chron. IV:8; Diary I:114).
May 25, 1933 She leaves for Vilnius (Vil. Chron., p. 178). [The chronicle notes: “Sister
Faustina, who made her profession of perpetual vows in Cracow, arrived
Thursday evening, by train.”]
January 2, 1934 Sister Faustina goes for the first time to the artist Kazimirowski, who is to
paint the image of The Divine Mercy (Memoirs of Rev. Sopocko, p.1;
Memoirs of Mother Michael, p.6; Diary II:240).
March 29, 1934 She offers herself for sinners, especially for those souls who have lost
trust in the Divine Mercy (Diary I:133).
June 1934 The painting of the image of The Divine Mercy, executed by artist E.
Kazimirowski under the guidance of Sister Faustina, is completed.
Sister Faustina cries because the image of the Lord Jesus is not as
beautiful as she had seen Him (Memoirs of Rev. Sopocko, p. 1; Diary I:
July 26, 1934 Sister Faustina lies sick – with a cold (Vil. Chron., p. 223).
July 28, 1934 She begins to write the Diary again.
August 12, 1934 She becomes gravely ill. Dr. Maciejewska is summoned along with
Father Sopocko, who administers the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
to her (Vil. Chron., p. 226).
August 13, 1934 Her health improves (Vil. Chron., p. 226).
October 26, 1934 Walking with the students from the garden to supper (10 minutes before
6:00 p.m.), Sister Faustina sees the Lord Jesus above the chapel in
Vilnius in the same way as she saw Him in Plock; that is, with the pale
and red rays. The rays envelop the chapel of the Congregation and the
infirmary of the students, and then they spread out over the whole world
(Archives – Sister Faustina documents).
February 15, 1935 Sister Faustina receives news of her seriously ill mother and leaves
immediately that evening for her home village of Glogowiec, near Lodz
(Vil. Chron., p. 261; Diary I:165-1 69).
After leaving her home, Sister Faustina stops in Warsaw to see Mother
General, Michael Moraczewska, and her former Directress, Sister Mary
Joseph Brzoza. A few days later she returns to Vilnius (Diary I: 169).
[The Vilnius Chronicle does not note the date of her return.]
March 4, 1935 Sister Petronilla and Sister Faustina go by wagon to the market held
annually on St. Casmir‟s Feast Day, for tools and items needed by the
house (Vil. Chron. P. 264).
Sept. 29, 1935 Sister Faustina accompanies some of the other sisters to the Church of
St. Michael for the Forty-Hour Devotions (Vil. Chron., p. 302).
October 19, 1935 Sister Antonina and Sister Faustina leave for an eight-day retreat in
Cracow (Vil. Chron., p. 307; Cracow Chron. IV:49).
November 4, 1935 In the evening, Sister Faustina returns to Vilnius from the retreat (Vil.
Chron., p. 311).
January 8, 1936 She pays a visit to Bishop Jalbrzykowski and announces to him that the
Lord Jesus is demanding the founding of a new congregation (Diary
March 17, 1936 Sister Borgia Tichy, Superior of the house in Vilnius receives information
from Mother General of the change of assignment for Sister Faustina
from Vilnius to Walendow (Vil. Chron., p. 337).
March 19, 1936 Sister Borgia confers with Archbishop Jalbrzykowski concerning Sister
Faustina (Vil. Chron., p. 338).
March 21, 1936 Sister Faustina takes the morning train from Vilnius to Warsaw (Vil.
Chron., p. 338), and remains in Warsaw for a few days (Diary II:90).
March 25, 1936 She arrives in Walendow – a country house of the Congregation, 20 km
from Warsaw. The sisters welcome her joyfully and sincerely (Memoirs;
April 1936 After a few weeks, she is assigned to another country home, 1 km from
Walendow, a place called Derdy (Memoirs of Mother Michael, p. 8).
This home is situated in a forested area, and Sister Faustina, enchanted
with its natural beauty, writes of her joy to Fr. Sopocko in a letter dated
May 10, 1936 (Letters #3:5).
May 11, 1936 In company with Sister Edmund Sekul, she leaves Derdy for a
permanent stay in Cracow (Cracow Chron. IV:60), where she works first
in the garden and then as gatekeeper (Memoirs of Mother Michael, p. 8).
June 19, 1936 With some of the sisters, she takes part in a procession in honor of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Jesuit house on 26 Kopernik Street
(Cracow Chron. IV:61; Diary II: 111).
Sept. 14, 1936 Archbishop Jalbrzykowski, on his way to Tarnow, visits the convent at
Cracow and spends a few minutes in conversation with Sister Faustina
(Cracow Chron. IV:67; Diary II: 1 33; Memoirs of Sister Felicia and Sister
Sept. 19, 1936 Sister Faustina is given a physical examination at the hospital in Pradnik
(Diary II: 133-134).
October 20, 1936 In Cracow, she makes an eight-day retreat directed by Father Wojton,
S.J. (Cracow Chron. IV:70; Diary II:153).
Dec. 9, 1936 For health reasons, the superiors send Sister Faustina to the hospital in
Pradnik, a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients in Cracow (Cracow
Chron. IV:74; Diary II:198).
Dec. 13, 1936 Sister Faustina confesses to the Lord Jesus (Diary II: 207).
Dec. 24, 1936 With the doctor‟s permission she returns to the convent for the
Christmas holidays (Cracow Chron. IV:74; Diary II:226).
Dec. 27, 1936 She returns to the hospital in Pradnik for further treatment (Diary II:230).
March 27, 1937 She comes back from Pradnik, her health significantly improved (Cracow
Chron. IV: 82; Diary III:18).
April 13, 1937 Her health becomes so much worse that she is forced to remain in bed
April 14, 1937 Fatigued from sickness, she asks the Lord Jesus for health, and is heard
April 23, 1937 During an eight-day retreat starting on April 20 in the Cracow convent,
Sister Faustina takes this opportunity to make her three-day retreat
(Cracow Chron. IV:82; Diary III:26).
April 29, 1937 After the retreat, she converses with her former Directress of Novices,
Sister Mary Joseph, who made her retreat in Cracow (Diary III:29-30).
May 4, 1937 Sister Faustina receives permission from Mother General Michael
Moraczewska to leave the Congregation (Memoirs of Mother Michael, p.
9; Diary III: 30-31).
July 20, 1937 She learns that she is going to be sent to a house of the Congregation at
Rabka (Diary III:54).
[The Chronicle makes no mention of this; however, it notes that the
Superior went to Rabka for two days, which could have had some
connection with Sister Faustina‟s departure (Cracow Chron. IV:88 –
dated July 19; Memoirs of Sister Irene).]
July 29, 1937 Sister Faustina leaves for Rabka (Diary III:54-55; Memoirs).
August 10, 1937 She finds that the climate at Rabka does not agree with her, but makes
her feel more ill, so she returns to Cracow (Diary IV:4).
August 12, 1937 Father Sopocko stops at the convent in Cracow and spends some time
with Sister Faustina (Memoirs of Sister Felicia; Diary IV:4-5).
August 25, 1937 Father Sopocko spends a few days in Cracow. Sister Faustina is happy
because she is anxious to see him (Diary IV: 16).
August 29, 1937 She receives permission to speak at length with Father Sopocko (Diary
[The Chronicles make no mention of this.]
Sept. 6, 1937 Due to increasing ill health, her assignment is changed from gardener to
gatekeeper (Memoirs of Mother Michael, p. 10; Diary IV:25).
Sept. 19, 1937 Her brother Stanley visits her (Diary IV:40).
Sept. 27, 1937 Sister Faustina and Sister Irene Krzyzanowska, Superior of the house,
go to the printer to settle the matter of having some holy cards of the
image of The Divine Mercy printed (Diary IV:45; Memoirs of Sister Irene,
April 21, 1938 Sister Faustina‟s health deteriorates, and her superiors decide to send
her to the hospital in Pradnik again (Cracow Chron. IV:119; Memoirs of
Mother Michael, p. 10).
June 2-5, 1938 She makes a three-day retreat in the hospital (Memoirs of Sister Irene
Krzyzanowska and Sister Felicia; Diary VI: 114).
June 1938 She stops writing the Diary.
July 1938 Mother General Michael Moraczewska pays a visit to her at the hospital
(Memoirs of Mother Michael, p. 10; Memoirs of Sister Felicia).
August 1 938 Writing her last letter to Mother General, she begs pardon for all the
faults of her whole life and ends with the words: “till we meet in heaven”
(Letters #23:64; Memoirs of Mother Michael, p. 11).
August 24, 1938 Sister Camille, who is also a patient at the hospital in Pradnik,
telephones to the Superior that Sister Faustina‟s health has significantly
worsened. The Superior rides to the hospital and spends the night at
Sister Faustina‟s bedside (Cracow Chron. IV: 129).
August 25, 1938 Rev. T. Czaputa, chaplain of the house of the Congregation in Cracow,
goes to the hospital in Pradnik to administer the Sacrament of Anointing
of the Sick (Cracow Chron. IV:129).
August 28, 1938 Father Sopocko, being in Cracow, pays a visit to the Congregation and
visits Sister Faustina a few times in the hospital (Memoirs of Father
Sopocko, p. 3; Cracow Chron. IV: 129).
Sept. 2, 1938 Father Sopocko visits Sister Faustina in the sanatorium in Pradnik and
sees her in ecstasy (Memoirs of Father Sopocko, p. 5; Memoirs of Sister
Sept. 17, 1938 Very weak and unable to keep much food, Sister Faustina is taken home
from Pradnik. Calm and very uplifting, she waits for the moment of union
with the Lord Jesus, not at all afraid to die (Cracow Chron. IV: 131).
Sept. 22, 1938 As she loses more and more strength, she asks pardon of the entire
Congregation for her unintentional failings, and serenely awaits the
coming of her Heavenly Bridegroom (Cracow Chron. IV:132).
Sept. 26, 1938 Father Sopocko visits her for the last time in Cracow, and she tells him:
“My one occupation is to live in the presence of my Heavenly Father.”
[Father Sopocko notes that “She looked like an unearthly being,” and he
adds, “At that time, I no longer had the slightest doubt that what she had
written in her diary about receiving Holy Communion from an Angel was
really true” (Memoirs of Father Sopocko, p. 5).]
October 2, 1938 Sister Faustina, progressively weaker, but always uplifting, calmly awaits
her departure (Cracow Chron. IV:133).
October 5, 1938 At 4:00 p.m. Father Andrasz, S.J., arrives, and Sister Faustina makes
her confession for the last time (Cracow Chron. IV: 134).
At 9:00 p.m. the Chaplain Rev. T. Czaputa, together with the assembled
sisters, prays at her bedside the prayers for the dying. Sister Faustina,
conscious to the end, unites with those praying (Cracow Chron. IV: 134).
At 10:45 p.m. Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, after long sufferings
borne with great patience, goes to the Lord for her reward (Cracow
October 7, 1938 The funeral of Sister Faustina Kowalska takes place on the First Friday
of the month and the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
The Jesuits, Father Wojton and Father Chabrowski from the Monastery
of St. Barbara Square, and one cleric from 26 Kopernik Street, take part
in the funeral services.
At 8:30 a.m. the Matins are sung, next Father Wojton celebrates the
Liturgy at the main altar and Father Chabrowski at the altar of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus (where the image of the Divine Mercy, renowned
for countless graces, is presently found).
Fr. Chabrowski celebrates the Mass wearing white vestments. As the
chronicle notes, everything is done very beautifully. No members of
Sister Faustina‟s family are present at the funeral (Cracow Chron. IV:
Sister Faustina is buried in the convent cemetery situated in the garden
of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, 3/9 Wronia
Street, Lagiewniki, Cracow, in the common grave found on this
October 21, 1965 Twenty-seven years after the death of Sister Faustina, Bishop Julian
Groblicki, specially delegated by Archbishop Karol Wojtyla, begins with a
solemn session in the Archdiocese of Cracow, the Informative Process
relating to the life and virtues of Sister Faustina. From this moment,
Sister Faustina is worthy of the title, Servant of God.
Nov. 25, 1966 While the Informative Process relating to the virtues, writings and
devotion of the Servant of God, Sister Faustina, is being conducted
(October 21, 1965 to September 20, 1967), her remains are exhumed
and transferred to a tomb specially prepared for this purpose in the
chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Over the tomb is a black
slab with a cross in the center. The slab usually has fresh flowers
brought by the faithful, who plead for numerous graces through the
intercession of Sister Faustina.
Sept. 20, 1967 His Eminence, Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, with a solemn session, closes the
Informative Process of the Servant of God in the Cracow Archdiocese.
January 26, 1968 The Acts of the Informative Process are received in Rome by the Sacred
Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
January 31, 1968 By a Decree of the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the
Process of Beatification of the Servant of God, Sister Faustina H.
Kowalska, is formally inaugurated.
April 18, 1993 The Venerable Servant of God, Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, is
beatified by Pope John Paul II in Rome on the first Sunday after Easter,
which is celebrated by many around the world as Divine Mercy Sunday.
April 30, 2000 Blessed Maria Faustina Kowalska is canonized by Pope John Paul II in
Rome, on Divine Mercy Sunday, during the Great Jubilee Year 2000.
And the Pope states during his Canonization homily: “The Second
Sunday of Easter from now on throughout the Church will be called
„Divine Mercy Sunday.‟”