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Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy

Australia

EADM is pleased to introduce the newest member of its ever-expanding family: the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy of South Australia! Though the EADM of South Australia has been in existence since 2001, their link to the Florida-based EADM, and thus to the Marians, is just now becoming official.

Christine Slagter, a Lay Facilitator for EADM South Australia, has reported a continuous growth in Divine Mercy celebrations in the past few years, with over 500 people in attendance this past Mercy Sunday. In a letter to the EADM in Tampa, Slagter wrote, "It was a really beautiful afternoon and many people were touched. It was also very emotional because of our Holy Father's death, but I felt he was happy to see so many people there and gave them his special Apostolic Blessing from Heaven."

L to R: Ann Boutros (southern group facilitator, Father Paul-Joseph Joubier, advisor, and Christine Slagter (facilitator, northern group).

In addition to Mercy Sunday celebrations, the Eucharistic Apostles of South Australia have also successfully formed Cenacle prayer groups in several parishes, held Divine Mercy Masses on the Feast of Divine Mercy, and organized a Divine Mercy Retreat, which included a look into St. Faustina's reflections on the Holy Eucharist. In fact, these events have quickly outgrown the spatial confinement of local parishes, and a larger venue is being sought out for next year.

The South Australia EADM has experienced many triumphs and affirmations in the form of people who find their faith renewed and enriched by Divine Mercy. Says Slagter, "All of our members have been deeply affected by the Diary of St. Faustina and have grown much deeper in their faith by studying Sacred Scripture and the Catechism. Since commencing in the [Cenacle] group, they have all become more involved in works of mercy, both in their personal lives and parishes." This is not to say, however, that their resolve has not at times been tested. Slagter writes, "Many people in South Australia still don't know about the message and devotion and we ask for your prayers to fulfill our mission. It has been very difficult to get support for our work, both in the Archdiocese and our parishes." The South Australia EADM has also struggled to find a suitable venue for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. However, they continue praying for this wish of the late Pope John Paul II, and hope that in this Year of the Holy Eucharist, their prayers will be answered.

The EADM of South Australia joins a growing number of apostolates all over the world who are dedicated to spreading the message of Divine Mercy. We welcome them into our community of the faithful and pray that their work will produce great fruit for those most in need of His Mercy.