Wanted: Well-Trained Disciples

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By Marian Staff (Apr 15, 2011)
If you're reading this website then you know that the Divine Mercy message and devotion continue to spread throughout the Church and the world, nourishing us with the healing waters of God's compassionate love. All this is happening in fulfillment of Christ's charge to St. Faustina: "My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. ... I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon souls who approach the fount of My mercy" (Diary of St. Faustina, 699).

Divine Mercy has spread from an unknown nun in Poland to the Marian Fathers and out to the world. But there is still much to be done to bring the message of Divine Mercy to all our brothers and sisters, to families, parishes, and communities everywhere. This Divine Mercy mission needs you. It needs well-trained disciples and evangelists who can teach others. A surface knowledge of the mystery of Divine Mercy is no longer enough: We need Catholics who are willing to make the effort to "go to the head of the class" and learn about Divine Mercy at the next level.

The John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers in Stockbridge, Mass., is excited to announce a new program designed to inform and inspire Divine Mercy leaders and devotees from all over the world: a spiritual formation and training seminar entitled "Tell the Whole World About My Mercy." The seminar will be held at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, Calif., from July 10-16.

What's the seminar all about? Dr. Stackpole, author of our Divine Mercy Q&A column puts on his "answer cap" to explain the upcoming seminar:

Dr. Stackpole, who is this seminar designed for?
This seminar is specifically designed for anyone seeking to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the merciful love of God and to be equipped to share that message with others. In other words, this seminar is for present and future Divine Mercy disciples and evangelists, and present and future Divine Mercy leaders. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to attendees who successfully complete the seven-day training seminar. Certificate holders are then eligible to apply for certification as official "Divine Mercy Promoters," or to renew their status as promoters.

Who will be speaking at this seminar?
The Institute is sending some of the leading experts on Divine Mercy to this seminar as presenters, including Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, vice-postulator of the Cause for the Canonization of Sister Faustina, former rector of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, and founding director of the Institute itself; Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, director of the Association of Marian Helpers and author of the bestselling book Consoling the Heart of Jesus; and me, the director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy and author of Divine Mercy: A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI. In addition, there will be special presentations by Angel and Estrelle Mijares, co-founders of the Divine Mercy Evangelization Movement (co-sponsors of the seminar) and music by Ms. Donna Lee, a three-time Unity Awards recipient. In other words, the seminar is a combination conference, workshop, and retreat all rolled into one, with both light for the mind and fire for the heart.

And what topics will be covered?
Among the topics will be:

• Divine Mercy as a Preparation for the Second Coming of Christ
• The Life of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and Blessed Michael Sopocko
• The Meaning of Trust
• The Image of The Divine Mercy
• The Feast of The Divine Mercy
• The Chaplet and the Hour of Great Mercy
• The Novena and Consoling the Heart of Jesus
• Reconciliation as a Sacrament of Healing
• Sharing Divine Mercy with Children
• The Eucharist as a Mystery of Mercy
• Mary's Role in God's Merciful Plan of Salvation
• The Works of Mercy: Corporal and Spiritual
• The Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy
• Difficult Passages to Understand in the Diary of St. Faustina
• The Most Common Struggles Faced by Divine Mercy Apostolates
• Saint Faustina and Redemptive Suffering
• How to Make It Through the Dark Night of the Soul
• The Sacred Heart and The Divine Mercy
• Divine Mercy and the Passion of Christ
• Consecration to Mary, Mother of Mercy

How much does it cost, and how may people register?
The cost for a private room is $962, which includes room and meals for seven days, and the entire seven-day teaching and formation seminar (that's less than $140 per day, all-inclusive). Travel is not included.

The cost of a shared room is $782 per person (all-inclusive).

We are accepting deposits now. You can register online or call the Association of Marian Helpers' customer service line at 1-800-462-7426. Alternatively, you can pay the deposit by cashier's check or money order and mailing your payment to:

321 North Vallejo Street
La Habra, CA 90631

Make check payable to AngelitoMijares/DMEM

(Please note that the $250-per-person deposit is non-refundable, and that the balance is due on April 30. The last day to register is May 31. No refunds can be given after this date.)

This sounds like a great opportunity to learn from the Divine Mercy experts.
Yes, and to equip yourself with the knowledge and understanding you need to become a more effective Divine Mercy leader, evangelist, or simply a more devout disciple of God's compassionate love — and it all happens at a beautiful retreat center, in an atmosphere of prayer, daily Eucharist, Eucharistic Adoration, and concluding with a special consecration to Mary, our Mother of Mercy.

And remember what Jesus told St. Faustina:

My beloved daughter, write down these words.... Tell the whole world about My mercy and My love.

The Flames of mercy are burning Me. I desire to pour them out upon human souls. Oh, what pain they cause Me when they do not want to accept them!

My daughter, do whatever is in your power to spread devotion to My mercy. I will make up for what you lack. Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace. (Diary of St. Faustina, 1074).

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Robert Stackpole - Apr 26, 2011

Dear Imma,

Thanks so much for your encouraging words--and praise God that our efforts in Cebu, a decade ago, have borne such good fruit. But we just helped plant the seed: it was you good folks in Cebu who received it, and with the help of divine grace, enabled it to grow. May our Savior continue to pour out His graces upon abundantly you from His merciful Heart!

imma EADM cebu, phils. - Apr 21, 2011

We are blessed here in Cebu, Philippines when you came here in Cebu we are able to met you and responded your call as a Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM,Cebu) Now our group is growing and we continue reaching out to different parishes spreading the Messages and Devotion of The Divine Mercy...How we wish we could attend the training. We are praying for the success and many will be attending to this momentous event. An we know Jesus will ignite the hearts of the clergy and laity...As Jesus ignite our heart here in Cebu when you come here Dr.Bob 10 years again. Our zeal in proclaiming God Mercy did not ceases but continue to flame the hearts of many Cebuanos.

Robert Stackpole - Apr 20, 2011

Dear Alice,

We have no plans at the present time to take this program to Nigeria, but if the bishops of Nigeria ask us to do so and make arrangements for us, I'll bet we could do it!

Divina Pastora M. Padilla - Lipa City, Philippines - Apr 18, 2011

Our Archdiocesan Spiritual Director, President of the Archdiocesan Council of the Laity and myself - Archdiocesan Lay Coordinator of the Lipa Archdiocesan Divine Mercy Apostolate (LADMA) Philippines will be attending this training seminar. We are excited and hoping that what we would bring back home will boost our knowledge and make us better Apostles of Mercy. Thank you

Alice - Apr 12, 2011

I wish I be opportune to be there. Can this type of seminar be introduce in Nigeria? We need it to know more about the mercy of God. I pray the Lord that put this in your mind will strengthen you, give you the Grace to lead others to Him.
Thank you.

Robert Stackpole - Apr 10, 2011

Ting: yes, this seminar is well suited both for clergy and for laity--in fact, for anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and love of The Divine Mercy!

Robert Stackpole - Apr 10, 2011

Eduardo: please phone our administrative assistant at the Marian helper's Center, Ms. Sarah Chichester: she can either answer your particular questions about details right away, or find out the answers soon enough!

ting - Apr 9, 2011

our spiritual director is interested to join the seminar. would you recommend this seminar for the clergy?

Robert Stackpole - Apr 5, 2011

In response to Ron's question: the good news is that there will be a DVD made at somepoint in the future, but it may be a long time coming. We hope to do at least one more of these seminars, probably somewhere on the east coast, hopefully in 2012. We then plan to take the the highlights from both and put them into a DVD, hopefully by 2013.

Dr. Eduardo Bustillo - Apr 4, 2011

I am planning to attend the conference. I will be flying from Miami, Florida.
What airport is best and what shuttle company should I use?
Is July 10 Registration or there is activities?
July 16 is checking out date only?
I need to make flight arrangements.

Dr. Eduardo J. Bustillo
"O merciful Lord, it is only out of mercy that you have lavished these gifts upon me. Seeing all these free gifts within me, with deep humility I worship your incomprehensible goodness (Saint Faustina Diary, 1523).

Ron McElligott - Apr 3, 2011

Will there be any possibility of purchasing a DVD on any of the selected topics?

F.P. - Apr 1, 2011

This Sunday being 'pink Sunday ' may be the ideal day for all priests in all parishes , to bring to focus the theme of Feast of Octave of Easter as Feast of Mercy ( special thank you to Rev.Fr .Michalenko for the talk - hopefully the Eastern Churches also would appreciate this feast as an ancient tradition !)

May many such efforts such as the conference above help persons to trust in Him , in wanting to fulfill His will of holy lives for us all , empowered in The Holy Spirit .

May The Spirit help us , to trust in The Father's love for us all , esp. in the midst of trials !

Jennie - Mar 31, 2011

WOW!! How blessed will be those who will be able to attend!!!
I pray that this could continue to others as many may not be able to attend because of distance or cost.
Thank you
May God Bless