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Dave Maroney takes care of some early morning paper work at a motel in south Texas before heading out to the next town for a presentation.

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Dave Maroney gets a little help unloading equipment at St. Paul's from Fr. Michael Callea, MIC.

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Joan Maroney, during the sound check before MOMM's presentation at St. Paul's.

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It takes a couple of hours to set up for each Mother of Mercy Messengers' presentation. Dave Maroney, above, gets his workout.

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He's got their back. Dave and Joan, just before their presentation at St. Paul Church, stand before the image of The Divine Mercy.

This is the first in a three-part series on Mother of Mercy Messengers, the Marian apostolate who travel the world spreading Divine Mercy.

On a warm and windy south Texas morning in February, with the palm trees waving like bobble-head dolls, Dave Maroney steps out from a motel room, stretches, and takes a deep breath.

In his line of sight, rising like a rampart beside Highway 83, stands a billboard from a retina-consulting firm that declares "Blindness is Preventable."

When you're on the frontline of popular evangelism, when you've traveled more than 250,000 miles in nine years bringing Divine Mercy to the people of God, some signs can begin to sound prophetic. Dave and his wife Joan, who call themselves Mother of Mercy Messengers (MOMM), an apostolate of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, have experienced first hand that blindness is preventable — spiritual blindness, anyway.

By RV, they travel, pulling a trailer full of sacred images, books, and sound and lighting equipment. And by a singular code of the road they conduct themselves: the need to help people see that Christ is the means for finding hope, healing and renewal. They do so through their dramatic presentations to schools, parishes and prisons throughout the United States and abroad and through their series of popular DVDs.

"There are so many people in the world who feel separated from God," says Dave. "But we know, through the message of Divine Mercy, that no matter what we have done, He will be there to love us. That's a big message for the world today — that the greatest sinner has the greatest right to His mercy."

Dave and Joan are packing up the RV. As they settle into their seats, Dave offers a prayer for the day:

Dear Lord, we offer all of our sufferings, whether great or small, we offer it all with the Passion of Jesus on the cross for the salvation of sinners. I pray, Lord, that you bring many people to the program so that they can learn about Your love for them and that they come to know Your merciful Heart and be transformed. May they take that love and take it into their families and communities so that others may see Your love shining through them. Amen.

Dave then cranks the engine, and they're off.

MOMM's next stop is St. Paul's Church in nearby Mission, Texas. It will be a typical stop for them. That is to say, it will be extraordinary.

With a mix of readings from the Diary of St. Faustina, visual effects, meditative music, and frank talk about heaven and hell, MOMM will help the parishioners to not only understand the message of Divine Mercy but to also experience Divine Mercy.

"Welcome to St. Paul's!" says St. Paul's pastor, the Rev. Gregory Kuczmanski, coming out to greet Joan and Dave as they pull up to the parish. "Everyone is excited to see you."

Indeed, for the nearly 500 attendees at this parish presentation of Tell All Souls About My Mercy, the Diary comes to life. Many realize that Jesus and the Blessed Mother are speaking directly to them. No one is in a rush to leave afterwards. Parishioner Alicia Corona wipes the tears from her eyes. "It was so beautiful," she says. "You could feel it in your heart that Jesus was present with us."

As is typical with a MOMM presentation, Eucharistic Adoration and opportunities for confession follow. The confessionals fill. "People were definitely moved," Fr. Gregory says afterwards.

A similar thing happens the following evening when MOMM gives a presentation to around 350 people, mostly high school students, at St. Paul's. The youngsters sit in the pews mesmerized. Many go to confession, including Melissa Salazar's 16-year-old son.

"He came out and he hugged me," she says. "He had a real powerful experience."

A MOMM presentation doesn't just help support pastors in the education of their flocks. It doesn't just take what the pastor is preaching from the pulpit and present it in a dramatic fashion. Clearly, something more is afoot.

"It disposes the soul to receive what God offers," says Fr. Michael Callea, MIC, the former coordinator of the Marians' Divine Mercy Apostolates, who was on the road with MOMM in February.

"Dave and Joan are generous people," Fr. Michael adds. "Rather than simply relish the Good News that they have experienced, they have a heart to bring it to other aching souls."

After the second presentations at St. Paul, people linger in the afterglow — a spiritual afterglow — speaking in soft voices or not speaking at all. Dave and Joan, meanwhile, pack their equipment, load their trailer, then bid everyone farewell.

"Our goal is for not only the people who come to be touched and to have this intimate and profound experience with Jesus," Joan says, "but that they then go out and reflect that — they go out and live the message by deed, word, and prayer."

She's talking now from the RV. Dave is driving. It's late. It's dark. On the frontline of evangelism, they're following more signs pointing to Mercy — the signs that lead to their next stop.

Read part 2.

Schedule a MOMM program in your area by calling 830-634-7765.

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Regimol Joseph - May 14, 2015

Spreading divine mercy message is a divine call to those who are involved in this blessed work. Yes, I truly believe it is an anointing of the Holy Spirit. Winning souls for Christ is the greatest work we can do here on earth, thereby we are confirming our own place in heaven with Jesus.

MaryR - Jul 6, 2008

A dying priest reached for my hand in his final hours and says, "Don't forget to pray for the souls in's very important. But DON'T FORGET he stressed." From that day I pray the Divine Mercy 2 to 3 times a day for the conversion of sinners and the souls in purgatory. In
September 2007 in my own illness laying in bed my daughter was playing the Divine Mercy Chaplet in Song in her room. This was healing food for my soul the more she played it the more I connected spiritually to the Lord. I asked her leave it on day and night. As it played Over and over the more inner peace I felt. Today by the grace of God I am well and with my own testimony I encourage devotion to the Divine Mercy. "Jesus I trust in you."
When a love one is ill we wish we could pray the rosary day and night non-stop and we know it is not possible. Turn off the TV and just play the CD in the background even while they sleep. I promise you their life will change forever. Thank you Jesus for using me as Your instrument and I will continue to open my heart to the Holy Spirit and do Your will. Dave and Joan, Fr. Patrick Serna of Banquete, Texas a wonderful priest and friend of mine told me about your ministry. From the bottom of my heart thank you for saying yes to the Lord. Someday I pray to meet you and share other experiences of the wonderful blessings from our Merciful Father and Blessed Mother through the devotion of the Divine Mercy. I encourage all parishes to pray at 3pm or before Mass;Funeral homes add to funeral home rosary and individuals to pray/sing on their way to work; joggers or at the the gym don't waste your hard workout training start training from the inside out....your life will change forever and you will thirst for more.
Let us all spiritually join hands around the world and take back what God gave us....a wonderful world (song by Louie Armstrong) full of love and so many visuals we take for granted or too blind to see.

Matthew E Imoh - Jul 1, 2008

May the Divine Mercy continues to strengthen you as you go to spread the work of His Divine Love to us.Aem

Michelle - Jun 24, 2008

I pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy every day and this story helps me to keep with it. Thank You!

From the Editor - Jun 23, 2008

Dear Bob,
Thank you for your request to help.
In our "Ways of Helping" section of, we have an option for those who may wish to help defray MOMM's travel expenses.
Here's the link:

Also, for anyone wishing to attend a MOMM event, please visit Dave and Joan's home page here:

And for anyone wishing to purchase a DVD version of their presentation, please visit here:
and here:

Thanks again for asking. Your support of MOMM's ministry helps fulfill Christ's exhortation to St. Faustina to spread the message of Divine Mercy around the world!

Dave and Joan Maroney - Jun 21, 2008

Wow! The response to the article has been tremendous. I would like to thank Mr. Felix Carroll and ALL of those who work at the Marian Helpers Center on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, MA for your help and support throughout the years. And also the thousands and thousands that have donated to keep this work going, please know you are always in our prayers. And of course the community of The Marian Fathers and Brothers for prayerful guidance and assistance on our journey. God is truly good! Thank you all for writing in and I encourage everyone to preach the message of mercy to all, and if necessary use words! Your brother and sister in Christ, Dave and Joan Maroney

Bob Kudrick - Jun 19, 2008

I am propelled to this. How may I help?

Margie - Jun 19, 2008

Joan and Dave you are an inspiration to our family!! You sacrificial love for the church and it's family is such a blessing. We hope that God will continue to Bless your ministry financially so that you may continue to spread this important message. We hope that we and others will be inspired to do the same.

Phil & Sandra Ferguson - Jun 18, 2008

Our 19th year young boy, Abraham, was involved in a very serious motorcycle accident. He layed the bike down at 100+ mph. He had the best helmet and was exceedingly blessed. As were we and his fiance, and now little boy, Levi Michael Ferguson. Many broken bones, but no back, head or interior injuries - Thank God. He could have been either dead or a vegetable had it not been for the helmet and Jesus Mary and Joseph - and our constant prayers (don't "try" the Rosary = PRAY IT! - Daily). He is on the road to eventual recovery (as much as possible). He has one more surgery, that on his right foot as he has "drop foot." Abraham is walking albeit somewhat haltingly and can drive a car - ABE, DON'T EVEN 'THINK' ABOUT A MOTOR CYCLE.

Thank you Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We are always grateful - always for Your Mercy.

Diane - Jun 17, 2008

May our Lord, Jesus Christ, our mother Virgin Mary, and the Heavens Above bless you and keep you safe in you works of Mercy. Pleas visit Las Vegas, Nevada. Thank you!

Sally Jun 16, 2008 - Jun 17, 2008

You you both be Blessed for your love and devotion to the Divine Mercy.

I know our Lord is watching over the both ouf you.

Cornelia - Jun 16, 2008

I envy what you are doing, how I wish I can do it here too. I am a member of Divine Mercy prayer group and I enjoy our group and Divine Mercy is so powerful. Most of my prayers are granted. I love you Jesus.

Thank you and GOD bless.

Grace Gagnet - Jun 16, 2008

Since asking St. Mary Sarna to help collect the unspoken, unwritten intentions of our parish for Divine Mercy to be added to those our team prays for everyday, we have already confirmed a miraculous answer to prayer. Thought you'd like to know.

JOANN - Jun 16, 2008

I often thought of displaying the Divine Mercy Image on a billboard,thank you for spreading the word. Devine Mercy is so powerful,its great to hear of all the youth being fired up.God Bless you both on your enligntening journey. What a Blessing for you

Laura - Jun 16, 2008

Please come to Fort Worth and North Richland Hills Texas ! GOD bless you for all you have done !

Diana - Jun 15, 2008 - Jun 15, 2008

I can honestly say this was a real spiritual experience for me and my sister that attend your wonderful presentation at St Paul's. May the good Lord bless both of you and may you continue to bring the Message of the Divine Mercy alive. Thank you.

deacon Tommy - Jun 15, 2008

What you are doing,is truly God's Grace to all of us.WE had the blessing of having you in our Parish at ST.Veronica in Howell NJ. Thank you for your YES to The Lord. May The Good Lord continue to Bless you

Vivian Toscano - Jun 15, 2008

Thanks for bringing this powerful message of Divine Mercy, to the world that is in so much need of salvation.

a Christian whose Catholic - Jun 15, 2008

Thank you for this web site and all you make available to us - Jun 15, 2008

Thank you for your generosity in making the Message of Divine Mercy come ALIVE . . . from town to town!
Bob & Elizabeth

Jeanne - June 15, 2008 - Jun 15, 2008

Gods Blessings on the both of you for the work you are doing. It is clear to me that this is the way the message of Divine Mercy should be shared.

Jody - Jun 15, 2008

I have been wanting to approach my pastor for some time now about bringing you to our parish, but think he might not approve. I just checked your website a few days ago to see your schedule and it indicated you weren't traveling right now. Then today I receive this - I think our Lord is trying to tell me something, don't you? I will be calling your soon!

Paz Herrero - Jun 15, 2008

May God and the Blessed Mother keep you always healthy and safe for the great work you both do for Jesus, the Divine Mercy.
How I wish I could do the same thing. I am from the Philippines.
My husband, ricardo, and I are great devotees of the Divine Mercy.
More Power to you both.

God bless you always,

paula calabrese - Jun 15, 2008

May God bless both of you in your travlels and excellent work

LaDonna - Jun 13, 2008

May God bless the both of you for the work you are doing for Him. How truly blessed you are. Jesus and His Divine Mercy has been a great refuge for my family and I. I will be forever grateful to God.

mr - Jun 12, 2008

excellent work on the divine mercy, continue the good work god bless both of you....may i say good job done on the photo's mr.carroll