Divine Mercy as a Way of Life

by Dr. Bryan Thatcher

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Bryan Thatcher, with his assistant Pauline Di Pietro, at EADM headquarters in Riverview, Fla. With the help of world maps, they can track the spread of Divine Mercy around the world through prayer cenacles.

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Eucharist Apostles of The Divine Mercy in Gisozi/Kigali.

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The new Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy cenacle in Rususa, Rwanda.

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The new cenacle being formed in Hoorn, The Netherlands.

By Bryan Thatcher, MD (Nov 21, 2008)
Around the world, people are talking about Divine Mercy now more than ever. And more than ever, they are making Divine Mercy a part of their lives. A big reason for this is due to the growth of Divine Mercy cenacles.

What is a Divine Mercy Cenacle? It is a group of people who meets weekly for song, prayer, and discussion on Scripture and the writings of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, known as the apostle of Divine Mercy. The revelations given to St. Faustina are excellent for spiritual growth and give a deeper understanding of our merciful Lord.

The Divine Mercy cenacle program was designed by the Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), an apostolate of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Founded in 1996, one of EADM's goals is to spread the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and the message of Divine Mercy, primarily through its Divine Mercy cenacle program.

For more information on starting a cenacle or joining a cenacle in your area, visit EADM online, or email us at eadm@marian.org.

To date, there are more than 3,000 cenacles in the United States alone and thousands more in more than 30 other countries. The growth of cenacles continues as people thirst to hear God's great mercy. The growth also continues due to the help of people like Terry Muzones, from Illinois. She recently traveled to the Netherlands and Rwanda to spread Divine Mercy and assist in cenacle formation. She wrote to us and told about some of her experiences:

I was in Rwanda on October 5, and the feast of St. Faustina was celebrated in the parish of Kabuga, which is the future site of the Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Rwanda. It was attended by people from Rwanda, and those coming from as far as Congo, Uganda, Burundi, and Kenya. The Mass was followed by exposition and procession of the Blessed Sacrament, and lasted for four hours! I was given the honor to speak to the whole congregation regarding the EADM ministry. The visit to Rwanda was very successful and resulted in the formation of three groups. Here are details about each group.

The first group of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy is in Gisozi/Kigali, Rwanda. Gisozi is a town next to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The facilitator of the group is Hakizimana Emmanuel. It was his dream to form a group devoted to The Divine Mercy and did not know where to start. I offered to go to Rwanda to help them organize a cenacle and get started on EADM. The Holy Spirit must have united us in Rome during the [World Apostolic Congress on Mercy last spring] because that was where I met Immanuel and Fr. Juvenal, who hosted my stay in Rwanda. The first meeting was held at his house and attended by about 18 people from the Gisozi and Kigali area. One of the guests was from Uganda, and another was headed for India. Both expressed their interest in starting a cenacle in their respective areas. It was an inspiring evening because everybody learned how to say the Divine Mercy Chaplet. I also emphasized the importance of EADM's Formation Manual as a tool to guide them in their weekly cenacle, the readings from the Diary of Sister Faustina, the Bible, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. They all believed that their devotion to The Divine Mercy will help them in the healing process, reconciliation, and unification. This group will be working with Fr. Pierre Claver Nkundiye of the Parish in Rususa, Rwanda.

The second group of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy was formed in Rususa, Rwanda. It is located towards the southern part of Rwanda towards Butare and the Nyungwe forest. The devotion to The Divine Mercy is alive and strong in Rususa, under the guidance of Fr. Pierre Claver Nkundiye. I gave a speech at the parish with the help of Callixte Harelimana, my interpreter, regarding EADM and how they can start a cenacle. One of the highlights of the presentation was the topic on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Father Claver confirmed that the group (about 350 members) would like to be members of EADM. I left him with the novena and chaplet and the Formation Manual to guide them and help strengthen their spirituality. They will incorporate the Formation Manual into what they are already doing as a group. What is so great about this group is that they are helping each other heal from the effects of the genocide in 1994 through acts of kindness and forgiveness. They have a "cooperative system" where everyone helps each other, either by tilling the land, or selling clothes made by the members. Not only do they have a sewing center, but they also opened up a small restaurant and a store to sell their products. The devotion to The Divine Mercy has unified a once divided country, and through an ongoing process of forgiveness and reconciliation, members have already experienced healing in their heart and soul. Father Claver felt that this is a miracle!

The third group formed of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy is in Gisenyi, Rwanda. The facilitator of this group is Theogene Kahiyura. More information will be forthcoming on this group once I get an update.

The fourth group is located in Purmerend, The Netherlands! The facilitator in Purmerend is Patty Baquilala. The following write-up is from a Malou Pimentel, a member: "Last May 24, 2008, Holland welcomed EADM through the talk of Terry Muzones, representing EADM from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., U.S.A. She gave the talk to a group of parishioners of the San Nicolas & Sta. Catarina parish in Purmerend. The parish is under the care of Rev. Fr. Julius Elferink who was just so happy to open the doors to the devotion to The Divine Mercy. Purmerend is a suburb city to the northwest province of Holland. It is a 20-minute car drive from Amsterdam. It was indeed a very enlightening talk for us who still desire to learn more the wonderful devotion. Commitment is the key word that Terry emphasized to everyone. The ambiance of the talk was like the 'first Christian' who opened their hearts to something great about the Lord on that First Pentecost day. We are grateful for the time Terry was with us. Divine Mercy became a deeper reality. She explained to us profoundly the importance of Divine Mercy in our lives today. She powered us up with her personal experiences. Now, the parish priest is enthusiastic to begin the EADM. That makes a big difference. Yes, we are on our way to make Divine Mercy sparkle in this part of the planet."

Another group that is in the process of building a cenacle is in Hoorn, The Netherlands. Malou Pimentel, a member of the Pumerend group, is beginning the process with the help of Fr. Elferink in Purmerend.

Dr. Bryan Thatcher is the founder of EADM.

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Br. Angelo - Nov 21, 2008

As a Marian brother, it has been a huge blessing to be able to lead a Divine Mercy Cenacle in Brookeville, MD. The group there was started last year by Br. Jim McCormack, MIC. I have learned so much from the people in the group and the Cenacle is bringing each of us closer to Jesus as the Divine Mercy. Thank you, Bryan, for starting this wonderful program. God bless you.

Betty Derx - Nov 21, 2008

I became interested in Divine Mercy through my Aunt who lives in another parish jurisdiction...She invited me to come join them in their meetings and even asked me to make a unifying badge for all of us, which I did...for various reasons, I stopped attending those meetings. They did not call those meetings a Cenacle and they had no resources to follow but we did say the Chaplet each time we met and shared in offering other prayers. Subsequently, my aunt arranged a pilgrimage to Stockbridge and that was extraordinary. Such a holy place. When the announcement was made at Marians in Brookeville, MD, where I attend Holy Mass (it is minutes from my home), I took the opportunity to attend. I should say, Jesus gave me the grace to attend. I have learned so much on those Thursday nights...and find myself, throughout the week, longing to return to the Cenacle and learn more...that is the grace that has been given me through these meetings...the desire to learn more and more...I thank you for the resources you have provided and I really like the way we refer to all three (the Catechism, the Bible and of course the Diary of St. Faustina...which is written in such a simple format and one in which we can all easily apply to our own lives. Brother Angelo is such a calming influence on all of us as we find our way through the text and learn new ways to relate to St. Faustina's message. He is so accepting of our frailties allowing us to to understand the sacredness of The Divine Mercy of Jesus. Forgive me for the length of this message...it was originally intended merely to give thanks. Betty

Brother Leonard Konopka MIC - Nov 22, 2008


Congratulations in allowing yourself to be such an influence in promoting Divine Mercy.

We should make you and "Honorarian Marian" Member.

God bless all your past and future effort in this great ministry!

Praying for your continued understanding of this great mystery and making it even more known to others through your merciful outreach to those in need.

Maria P. (Ottawa-Canada) - Nov 28, 2008

Dear Dr. Thatcher and Pauline,

There are no words to express my gratitude to you for beginning the cenacles. This formation is very well grounded in its teachings and I for one have benefited it as for my cenacle members. Plus I have been learning so much too from the members. I have loved everything since my conversion but the devotion and message of Divine Mercy has touched me so much in my heart and soul too that I try my best to bring out this message to all I come across. Beautiful and informative for our times. I have just noticed that the gift shop sells a few Italian items. What a blessing and an answer to prayer. Hopefully the cenacle fomation books can be translated also in Italian. It's been a huge blessing and grace from Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you again. Mother of Mercy, pray for us.

HAKIZIMANA E/RWANDA,DEC,12,2008 - Dec 12, 2008

My greetings to Dr Bryan Thatcher and to all the members of EADM in USA and all over the world.

It was for us happiffully to see Terry Muzones and by her trip here in Rwanda ,we are very glady to have parents ,brothers and sisters in USA and all over the world .

One of Cardinal in Rome/WACOM said that:" when we pray Divine Mercy at 3 o clock we hear the call to Interrnational solidarity"

It is very happifully to see that the more of WACOM purposes in Rome are going in accomplishment.

Now in Rwanda ,we are prepairing the National Divine Mercy in 2010 in Kabuga the site will contain national Divine Mercy Shrine.

We have also many projects to improve Divine Mercy culture in all life situation as educationnally,economically,health,social and so on.

I invite every body in USA and all over the world to come visit us .WELCOME IN RWANDA !Thank you very much !


Barbara Christian in Moriarty, New Mexico - Jan 9, 2009

Hello brothers and sisters! I say this from my heart, as we all have the same Father, and now we are being united from all over the world by His Divine Mercy, Jesus Incarnate. No matter what country, we have all been studying from the same Formation manuals and St. Faustina's Diary, and of course Holy Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Universal). The Estancia Valley Catholic Parish in Moriarty, NM have three DM Cenacles and are about to have a fourth one in Spanish. Every year since the EADM team came out, we have a DM Day of Reflection in August. We are on our Third Annual Day of Reflection that reaches out to our Archdiocese of Santa Fe. We pray that the Lord will add to our numbers. I recall the beginning of the First converts to the Christian Community in the Acts of the Apostles, "Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles...And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved" (Acts 2:43-47). May God bless all of you as you spread the message of DM.

Najette - Trinidad & Tobago - Jan 12, 2009

Bryan has inspired us to become part of the world family of EADM and to date, we have formed three cenacle groups of enthusiastic Divine Mercy apostolate members.
Keep up the great work in the spirit of St Faustina, Pope John Paul 11 and Blessed Sopocko - all of whom have laid the foundation that we journey on in service to God's people. Bryan and Pauline, it was great seeing you through the pictures - you are an inspiration to us. God bless!

PATTY BAQUILALA - Feb 17, 2009

The starting of our Divine Mercy was such a compelling grace to me.Started through listening to the cd message of Divine Mercy.Just like the witnessing of others how His mercy spread like fire.Also touches me deeply.To spread the chaplet prayer with the image right there in our group which is now growing and being guided through our parish priest into having cenacle and adoration every Saturday.Thanks be to God for His unfathomable mercy who always take initiatives to bring us close to His mercy itself. patty

All Saints EADM Cenacle Induction Ceremony - Sep 5, 2014

Dear Dr. Thatcher,
Today we celebrated our first anniversary of a Cenacle sponsored by All Saints parish in Hayward, CA with an anointed Holy Hour of prayer for the sick and the dying during Adoration, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Spanish and English sung by Fr. Filberto and the facilitator, followed by the induction ceremony and the reading of Scriptures. It was truly an anointed celebration. Jusus, I trust in You.
Susanna Maria Ax, ocds