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Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy

Florida


There are over 50 small Faith groups of Eucharistic Apostles in the United States, many in different states (read about our group in Arizona). They are enjoying the gatherings and growing spiritually. People are realizing the call to holiness and to personal conversion, and they are gaining a deeper appreciation of the Divine Mercy message as a way of life.

The founding group in Tampa, Florida, has been meeting for nearly 4 years. Members have gone through many personal hardships, such as the death of loved ones, cancer, and chronic medical illnesses. Through it the entire group has persevered. Included below are two short stories of how the group has grown together.

Teresa had been coming to the meetings for several months, and at one meeting the theme was forgiveness. The next week, she shared her own story of forgiveness. A couple of days after the last meeting, she found out that her first husband was terminally ill. They had been divorced for nearly 20 years, and during all that time, never a kind word was spoken between them. The children would invite them both for holiday gatherings, but the tension was extremely thick. Out of anger, he had left the Catholic Church years ago.

Teresa knew she needed to reconcile with him, so she called him and asked if she could visit him. She went to his bedside and asked for forgiveness. He told her how much she had hurt him, and she did the same. Many tears were shed as the bonds of anger were broken. Each openly forgave the other, and then they hugged and said their good-byes. The next morning he called a priest, and the following day he went to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and also received the Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum (Holy Communion for the "journey"). He died the next day.

This story exemplifies how we are all called to be like Jesus. We are all called to be vessels and icons of mercy. Saint Faustina wrote that "We resemble God most when we forgive our neighbors" (Diary, 1148).

When Helena was undergoing chemotherapy for advanced cancer, she and her husband Diego experienced the group's incredible outreach. "For ten months, people from the group would come by to cook and help with cleaning. It was amazing," Diego said.

You can email us to find out if there is a group of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy in your area. If not, consider starting one!

Corporal Works of Mercy

Our group in Tampa assists in the formation of cenacles worldwide to help others gain an understanding of God's mercy and the gift of the Eucharist. Some of our members travel to spread the message of Divine Mercy in many parts of the world.

Members of the Tampa cenacle are also involved in sending clothing and medical supplies to Ghana, West Africa and also to Apia, Western Samoa.