The John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy
The John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy is an apostolate of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception,
based on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, alongside the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. On April 26,
1996, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, gave his personal blessing to the Institute along with permission to use
his name in its title.
The purpose of the Institute is to promote research and formation in the Divine Mercy message, devotion and spirituality.
The Institute also disseminates materials on the Divine Mercy.
In particular, we seek to proclaim and give witness to Divine Mercy as the Heart of the Gospel, and to spread the
Divine Mercy message, devotion and spirituality as it is found in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the life
and writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska "the great apostle of Divine
Mercy in our time" (John Paul II: Regina Caeli message, April 10, 1994).
The Institute seeks to achieve these goals in three ways: by research and study of the theology and spirituality
of the Divine Mercy; by promotion of the knowledge of the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion as revealed by Jesus
to Saint Faustina, and by providing formation opportunities for Divine Mercy leaders in this message, devotion,
Research is conducted with rigorous academic criteria in the areas of history, theology, spirituality and iconography
by means of the collection, organization and analysis of existing material. Through the gathering of sources and
works related to the Divine Mercy, the Institute is developing a specialized library with archives and audio visual
materials related to Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy.
With fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church, the Institute reviews and translates sources, publishes relevant
essays and critical works on dogmatic, ascetical, pastoral and mystical theology in as much as these studies are
linked to the Divine Mercy message, devotion and spirituality, for the benefit of the Catholic academic community
and those engaged in pastoral service.
As a means of spreading the Divine Mercy message, devotion and spirituality in the life of the Church, the Institute
sponsors academic symposia and seminars for Divine Mercy leaders, and lectures and formation opportunities for
their spiritual enrichment. The Institute Staff is available to speak at conferences or special programs which
focus on the Divine Mercy message.
We contribute articles to the Friends of Mercy newsletter and other periodicals. We also contribute to radio and
television programs and hope to develop this area more in the future. As an apostolate of the Congregation of Marians,
we share a web page (www.marian.org). We will soon be developing a more complete page which reflects the purpose
and activities of the Institute and which provides timely and accurate material on the Divine Mercy message, devotion
Currently, the staff of the Institute includes Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD, Institute Director and Director of Research,
and Christine Kruszyna, our Administrative Assistant. Rev. S. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, STL, SEOL, Director Emeritus
and Rev. David Lord, MIC, oversee and assist our work on behalf of the Congregation of Marians. We enlist the services
of guest speakers to assist us in presenting seminars.
Seminars, Symposia and Publications
Since the autumn of 1999, the Institute has conducted "Ocean of Mercy" formation seminars for Divine
Mercy leaders in Houston, St. Louis, Tampa, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and in the Philippines. In 2002-2003, we will
conduct several more seminars: in Lincoln, Nebraska, in Burlington, Wisconsin, near Tucson, Arizona, and in Ottawa,
The Institute has also led two "on-site" seminars to Poland and Vilnius, which provided opportunities
to visit the places associated with the revelations of The Divine Mercy to Saint Faustina.
In the Fall of 1999 we published our first book, Divine Mercy: The Heart of the Gospel, a compilation of essays presented at the first Divine Mercy Symposium, which was held in Washington,
DC in January of 1999.
In the Fall of 2000 we published the Catechesis of Divine Mercy Sunday, by Rev. Francis X. McGerity, and presented it to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in
Washington, DC. At the same time, the Institute published Jesus, Mercy Incarnate, by Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD, the first book in the English language on the Christ Child, the Passion
and the Sacred Heart in the light of Saint Faustina, and also Essential Features of
The Devotion to The Divine Mercy, by Rev. Ignacy Rozycki, the theologian appointed
by Pope John Paul II while he was Cardinal in Cracow to examine the writings of Saint Faustina. Both books are
valuable sources for understanding the Divine Mercy message and devotion.
A second symposium was held in Vancouver, Canada, February 2-4, 2001. Entitled, "Saint Faustina and the Catholic
Tradition of Spirituality," the Symposium addressed the reality of her deep spirituality and mysticism. Presenters
compared the spirituality of St. Faustina with that of other great spiritual writers such as St. Therese of Lisieux,
Blessed Dina Belanger, St. John of the Cross, St. Gertrude the Great, St. Augustine and St. Francis of Assisi.
We plan to publish the lectures from this symposium in 2003.
In the Fall of 2002, we published a translation from the French of a profound work by Marie-Dominique Philippe,
O.P., founder of the Congregation of St. John, entitled, Mary, Mystery of Mercy, containing reflections on her Immaculate Conception, Presentation, and Annunciation in the light of
the Mercy of God
The Institute and the Congregation of Marians
The John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy is an apostolate of the Saint Stanislaus Kostka Province of the Congregation
of Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Our work is supported by the Congregation and is one means by which the
Province carries out its mission in the modern world to "Be apostles
of Divine Mercy under the maternal and loving guidance of Mary" (John Paul II to
the Congregation of Marians.)
To Contact Us
Please phone or e-mail using the information listed below. We would be happy to answer your questions and to be
of service in any way we can in spreading the love and knowledge of The Divine Mercy.
To Help Us
We ask especially for the constant prayer support of all who know of our apostolate. As our work depends largely
on donations, we are also grateful for any financial assistance we receive.
©2002 John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy
2 Prospect Hill Rd.
Stockbridge, MA 01262 U.S.A.
Phone: 413-298-1184 Fax: 413-298-4559
Version: 4th December 2002