The Relics

The Relics of St. Faustina Kowalska

The Relics of St. Faustina Kowalska

The Relics of St. Faustina Kowalska

Are Granted According to the Guidelines of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Vatican.

  1. The Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy is the custodian of the tomb and relics of St. Faustina Kowalska in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Cracow-Łagiewniki. Relics are given solely for the purpose of public veneration in pastoral centers wherein the proclamation of the Message of Mercy, which the Lord Jesus passed on through Saint Faustina, may be fruitful. In the message of Mercy, the Lord Jesus calls us to come to know the mystery of God’s mercy and proclaim it to the world by the witness of life in the spirit of trust in God (in other words, the fulfillment of His will) and showing mercy toward our neighbor by deed, word and prayer especially by the systematic practice of devotion to the Divine Mercy in the forms handed on through St. Faustina.
  2. First-Class Relics – ex ossibus – (from the bones of St. Faustina) are given by the Congregation exclusively to parishes, churches or chapels that are erected and dedicated to “The Divine Mercy,” “Merciful Jesus,” or “Saint Faustina” and wherein the truth of the Merciful Love of God toward man is especially proclaimed. Parishes, churches or chapels that have other titles yet still experience dynamic growth in devotion to The Divine Mercy and spread veneration to Saint Faustina constitute an exception.
  3. Second-Class Relics – ex indumentis – (from the clothing of St. Faustina—in this case her habit) are given to parishes, churches or chapels that have other titles and wherein the devotion to The Divine Mercy and St. Faustina is just beginning to develop.
  4. Third-Class Relics – e linteo attacto ossibus – (from the cloth that touched the bones)pieces of material on which were laid or were touched to the bones of St. Faustina are available in these forms: laminated holy cards, little medals, and rosaries. The faithful may obtain third-class relics for private devotion.
  5. When considering requests for St. Faustina’s relic, the Congregation looks at the following:
    • The systematic practice of all the new forms of devotion to the Divine Mercy, which the Lord Jesus handed on through St. Faustina and to which the Lord attached great promises. These are:
      • Veneration of the Image of Merciful Jesus with the signature “Jesus I trust in You”.
      • Feast of Divine Mercy or Second Sunday of Easter, preceded by a novena of Chaplets beginning on Good Friday.
      • Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
      • Hour of Great Mercy – 3:00 p.m. – the moment of Jesus’ death on the cross
      • Spreading of the Message and Devotion to the Divine Mercy.
        • Masses with homilies in honor of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina and other devotions are held regularly in the course of the whole year. The following are some examples. A celebration in honor of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina every third Friday of the month. Dedicating a specific month or period to hold regular Divine Mercy devotions in the parish, church or chapel (like the May or October devotions in honor of Our Lady). For instance, Divine Mercy parish retreat in Advent or Lent, praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during September (the month when the Chaplet was revealed), Litany to Divine Mercy in April, Litany to St. Faustina and readings from the Diary before St. Faustina’s feast day, and many others.
        • St. Faustina is honored, venerated and sought for her powerful intercession in obtaining grace, especially by a liturgical celebration of her memorial on October 5th or by Votive Masses in her honor and also by drawing from and making use of the spiritual treasure that she left us in her “Diary”.
        • Activities of prayer-study-formation groups in the parish that are involved in and carry out the mission of St. Faustina. For example by proclaiming the message of Divine Mercy by the witness of life in a spirit of trust in God and mercy toward our neighbour, by works of mercy, by words and by prayer.
  6. St. Faustina’s Relic Application Procedure and Guidelines:
    • The task of preparing and presenting an official letter of request for a relic of St. Faustina belongs to the pastor who undertakes this charge on behalf of the parish.
    • The letter should include a detailed description of the practice of the devotion to the Divine Mercy and St. Faustina in the parish, church or chapel.
    • The letter should contain an expressed commitment to use the relic for public worship and to properly, protectively enshrine and display the relic in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Canon Law and the liturgical regulations of the Roman Catholic Church.
    • The letter should also include the true, complete, exact and permanent address where the relic of St. Faustina will be kept. This includes the following: official name or title of the parish, church or chapel; diocese where the parish, church or chapel is located; the street address of the parish (postal office boxes are not acceptable); telephone number; and e-mail address.
    • The pastor of the parish should sign and stamp his letter of request with the official seal of the parish
    • The official letter of request of the pastor should be supported by a letter of approval from the local bishop. This letter should bear the seal of the local bishop or the seal of the chancellor of the diocesan curia and should be enclosed with the pastor’s letter of request.
    • Original copies of the letters should be sent by physical mail to the address below. Letters sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted.

Mother Petra Kowalczyk
General Superior
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
ul. Siostry Faustyny 3
30-420 Cracow
Poland

Once the review of the application is completed, the pastor will be informed in writing of the Congregation’s decision. The decision letter will be sent to the applicant’s address provided in the application letter. 

For information on matters regarding St. Faustina’s relic, please contact:

Sr. M. Ignacja Bazan
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
ul. Siostry Faustyny 3
30-420 Cracow
Poland
E-mail: misja@faustyna.pl

For inquiries about Third-Class relics, please contact:

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
ul. Siostry Faustyny 3
30-420 Cracow
Poland
Tel: (+48 12) 351 88 00
E-mail: klasztor@faustyna.pl

There is absolutely no charge for a sacred relic. The charge is only for the required relic capsule—in which the relic is placed—and for the reliquaries.

3rd class relics also have no charge. The fee is for the holy cards, medals or rosaries into which the relic is inserted or attached.