Who is Saint Faustina Kowalska?

Saint  Faustina Kowalska and the Divine Mercy

Short biography



Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) was a Polish nun of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Mother of Merciful God. She received messages about the Divine Mercy and about how to be instruments of His love toward our neighbor. Saint Faustina was born in 1905 in the village of Glogowiec, as the third of ten siblings. Since childhood she was noted for her love of prayer, industriousness, obedience and sensitivity to human poverty. Her school education lasted barely three years. When she turned 16, she left the family home to work as a maid in the homes of wealthy families. At age 20, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Mother of Merciful God. As Sr. Maria Faustina, she lived there 13 years carrying out the duties of cook, gardener and porter. Her life, seemingly ordinary, monotonous and gray, is characterized by the extraordinary depth of her union with God. Since childhood she had wished to be a great saint and consequently took that path by collaborating with Jesus in the work of saving lost souls and by offering her own sacrifice for sinners.


On April 30, 2000, Holy Father Pope John Paul II, canonized Sister Faustina in the Basilica of Saint Peter in front of 200,000 devotees of the Divine Mercy.


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