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Father Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, began his talk at the 3rd Annual Divine Mercy Conference with some late-breaking news.

"Father Michael Sopocko, who was the principal spiritual director and confessor of St. Faustina, will be solemnly beatified on Sept. 28, this year," Fr. Seraphim told the audience at the Marians' 3rd Annual Divine Mercy Conference in Bronx, N.Y.

The beatification of the Venerable Servant of God will take place in Bialystok, Poland.

On Dec. 17, the Vatican announced the approval of a miracle attributed to his intercession.

This website will publish more information about the beatification as the plans unfold. We'll also share with you details of the approved miracle once the details are released.

In the meantime, if you don't know who Fr. Sopocko was, here's a primer:

He was the man on the other side of the confessional window. An energetic, intensely spiritual priest who was happy in his pastoral duties. But little did Fr. Michael Sopocko realize that in 1933, when he was appointed to be confessor to the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Vilnius, Poland, his whole world would soon be turned upside down.

It was there, in a confessional, where he met Sr. Maria Faustina, a humble nun with a tremendous weight upon her. The Lord had begun revealing to her His message of Divine Mercy — an urgent message that He wanted her to share with the whole world. But who would believe her? At first, no one. Not her superiors in the convent and not her previous confessors.

Sister Faustina had prayed for a spiritual director, someone to help guide her, someone who understood that what she was experiencing was real. Father Sopocko was the answer to her prayers, and eventually he became the main promoter of her revelations, the very linchpin in the Lord's call to spread Divine Mercy throughout the world.

Father Sopocko "is the visible help for you on earth," Jesus told Sr. Faustina. "He will help you to carry out My will on earth" (Diary of Saint Faustina, 53).

Indeed, he did just that. It was Fr. Sopocko, a well-trained theologian, whose research into the writings of St. Thomas and St. Augustine, among others, helped him to confirm the authenticity of Sr. Faustina's revelations that God's greatest attribute is mercy.

It was Fr. Sopocko who first instructed Sr. Faustina to keep her Diary. When Sr. Faustina told Fr. Sopocko of her visions of Jesus and His request for a new image to be painted and spread throughout the world, it was he who found the artist, E. Kazimirowski, who would paint The Divine Mercy image.

He didn't stop there. In actions that mark the beginning of the spread of The Divine Mercy devotion, Fr. Sopocko made sure The Divine Mercy image was displayed on the Sunday after Easter, 1935, over the famous Ostra Brama gate to the city of Vilnius. And in the nearby church, he preached the message of mercy.

Father Sopocko eventually suffered ridicule from spreading the devotion. But, during the 20-year ban of the devotion (1959-1979, due to faulty translations of the Diary), he took comfort in Sr. Faustina's prophecy that the devotion would only seem to be "utterly undone" (see Diary, 378).

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Maria P. - Ottawa, Canada - Feb 16, 2008

It has been a while that I have been praying to Father Michael Sopocko. He was an amazing priest, one after God's own heart. St. Faustina was very blessed to have him as a confessor/spiritual director. As I have a great love for priests, my prayer to him is to ask him to intercede to the Almighty God for my spiritual director and all priests--(past, present and future)that they be enlightened, inspiring, and have a merciful heart like the "ONE" they are representing. Thank you Father Sopocko for listening and believing in St. Faustina. Love you.

Fr.Joseph P.Xavier SVD - Feb 22, 2008

I have come to appreciate and love Servant of God Sopocko. Happy to hear of his beatification. Following St. Faustina and inspired by this holy nman I prayed and got a Sp.director. I confess every week, for me and souls!

MARY SUMALINOG - May 9, 2008

I have read about Father Micheal Sopocko in the Diary of St. Faustina,I thank him for the help he to Sister Faustina,happy to hear of his beatification.God bless.

Sonia Cisneros - Aug 13, 2008

I am reading the Diary of Saint Faustina. I am so pleased and thankful that God's work is being illuminated today. While reading the book, I understand and pray for a spiritual director and thank God for sending us loving and faithful souls like St. Faustina, Father Sopocko, and other souls that were central to The Divine Mercy. God Bless You.

Fr. Jonas Eduardo MIC - Sep 26, 2008

Please, Dear brothers, we must have the "Opera omnia" of Fr. Sopocko in our hands! Let us do something!

Fr. Joseph P. Xavier SVD - Sep 27, 2008

Finally the Day is here, the Day of St. Faustina to see her Spiritual Father glorified in the Church. We rejoice with her. I am eternally grateful to the Lord who Provided this sincere and courageous searcher of truth, the great Lover of the Merciful Jesus.Thanks to the Great Fidelity of Jesus in glorifying the Priest who took lot of pains to help His Secretary to reach out His mercy to the ailing and needy souls. Congratulation to the whole Household of Divine Mercy, especially to the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus. May the Lord bless our Holy Father!I would be happy to get more news of the development in Bialystock and Mysliborz and of Fr. Andraz SJ. I am also eager to get the full book of Blessed Michael Sopocko 'God's Mercy in His Works'. I beg all to pray that I, a great sinner, too may become really humble and be transformed into the Mercy of Jesus; and with trust reflect and proclaim this mercy promised to Abraham and his posterity, to the Lord's great delight and satisfaction! St. Faustina, Blessed Michael Sopocko,Servant of God, John Paul II, please pray for me and for the whole world.

Vicki - Apr 13, 2009

I have read the Diary also and am a devotee of Divine Mercy! It is wonderful that Father Sopocko is going to be beautified. Oh the joy that St faustina must have knowing that he is to be recognized by the Church for all his devotion to the Divine Mercy!

Thomas Charles B. River Forest, Illinois - Jun 11, 2009

Father Sopocko's spiritual guidance to Sister Faustina was crtically important to the success of the Divine Mercy message.The synergistic combination of Sister Faustina's and Father Sopocko's efforts,as guided by the heart of Jesus,
offers the world a phenomenal opportunity for personal transformation.
Sister Faustina's humility, purity and love of God and Father Sopocko's triple crown of martydom are spiritual gifts to the body of Christ as well as invitations to us to unite our sufferings to the cross so that countless souls can be saved. God's ocean of mercy may be unfathomable but Father Sopocko and Sister Faustina can be our guides as we approach its depths
as small children with complete and utter trust through our daily "ora et labora".

Gregory - Sydney, Australia - 2010 - Jan 7, 2010

What strikes me as extraordinary is that so many saints Fr Sopocko, St Faustina, St Therese, St Bernadette, St Gemma, St Joan ..going all the way back to St Roch..were all unjustly and often harshly treated by the Church. Even Australia's only Saint, St Mary McKillop was at one time excommunicated. Yet for all the times the Church abandoned them, they never abandoned the Church.

Jokubas - Feb 5, 2011

I feel that while Sr. Faustina was undoubtedly from Poland that it is important to point out that Vilnius is and always has been a town/city (now the capital) in Lithuania. Vilnius has never been part of Poland so the part of the article that reads "Vilnius, Poland" should read "Vilnius, Lithuania" because the Vilnius region was illegally occupied by the Polish army from 1920-1939 does not mean it belonged to Poland just as Lithuania did not belong to Russia during soviet occupation. It would be great if this error could be corrected in the article. God Bless.

Mark D. - Dunedin , New Zealand - Apr 10, 2012

I am reading St. Faustina's Diary and I thank God for Fr. Sopocko. He was the bridge between St. Faustina and the world. God bless all our priests and religious.

Rosemary - May 9, 2014

I am reading St. Sr Faustina's Diary right now and the words cannot explain the joy i have. Thank you God Of Mercy for the gift of Sr Faustina and Fr Sopocko we need many more souls like them. I Pray for God's Devine Mercy through the intercession of both of them over my family members and future vocations and professions of all my children: Angel, Elijah, Carol, Gyaviira and Maria. I pray for all families, sinners and all Ugandans, my countrymen. JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU!

Visitation Monastery, Brooklyn NY - Sep 19, 2016

See the film: "The Original Image of Divine Mercy - Documentary" by Daniel DiSilva

Showing after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at Visitation Monastery, Brooklyn, on the Feast of Christ the King, 11/20/2016, located at 8902 Ridge Blvd., Brooklyn, NY

Come for a Family Faith Day (no charge, freewill offering). Come learn more about the Divine Mercy Image that was painted in Vilnius at a Visitation Monastery. Daniel will display the Relics of Father Sopocko to be venerated. November 20, 2016