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Annie Karto, with Fr. Leszek Czelusniak, MIC, celebrates the release of her new Divine Mercy CD.

Giving Voice to Mercy

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He was not supposed to be on the CD project. Music missionary Annie Karto was praying for a Marian priest to lead the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and selected Diary of St. Faustina quotes for her latest project, "Divine Mercy Flood My Soul."

The Marian priest Fr. Leszek Czelusniak's name was mentioned, and Divine Providence made it happen.

"St. Faustina was Polish, so I thought Fr. Leszek would be the perfect fit," Karto stated.

As it turned out, Fr. Leszek was visiting Treasure Island, Fla., Annie's hometown, for a local Divine Mercy conference. She called him in the morning, and he recorded his portion of the CD in two hours time that afternoon.

Divine Mercy has been the focus of Annie's music ministry for the past 23 years. It all started with a deep reversion back to the Catholic faith through an experience of God's Mercy in a small chapel in the Ozark mountains. From this experience, Annie received the song "Divine Mercy Flood My Soul" and has shared this song and the message of God's mercy wherever she is invited.

The new CD highlights both a spoken and sung version of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

The latter, written by Fr. Philip Pavich, OFM, includes beautiful stringed instruments, and sets a very reverent tone for worship. Dave and Joan Maroney of Mother of Mercy Messengers use this particular chaplet before their presentations. Dave says this is one of the most beautiful and reverent chaplets he has heard.

With an invitation from Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza, Karto was able to visit Fr. Leszek and the retreat center he and the Marians built in Kibeho, Rwanda, this past summer. Kibeho is the site of the approved apparition of Our Lady of Kibeho. Father Leszek has been serving as a missionary in Rwanda for more than 20 years.

Moved by the children in Kibeho and the ongoing work of the Marians, Karto decided to donate a portion of each CD sale for the work of the Marians in Kibeho.

To listen to samples of the CD "Divine Mercy Flood My Soul," visit anniekarto.com/annies-store.

To find out more about the Marians' work in Kibeho, and how to contribute, visit marian.org/give/rwanda.php or kibeho.org, or email Ellen Miller at the Association of Marian Helpers, at emiller@marian.org.

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Natalie Raaths - Apr 10, 2012

Annie: I am so excited you are coming...this tape will be a treasure for all. St. Faustina was God's secretary of Mercy....you are His secretary of Misic!!!! God bless you Natalie

Anne Fultz - Apr 10, 2012

Your music always makes me smile Annie.
Your voice is a gift from God. I can't wait to get this CD and add it to my collection of Annie Karto
Music:) Keep up the good work and I would love to get you out here again to CA to do a Women's Healing retreat. Love You!

Bryan Thatcher MD, EADM - Apr 11, 2012

As a mother and one gifted with a beautiful voice, Annie is able to spread the message of mercy in a way that others cannot. She is a faithful Eucharistic Apostle of Divine Mercy. Keep up the great work!

Annie Decarto - Apr 11, 2012

How well i remember when you sang the chaplet at our retreat at st John's years ago. You blessed us then and still do.I have your CD Overshadow Me" and just love it Bleesings on you and yours MaryJane

Vicki - Apr 12, 2012

Being a fan and friend, I purchased Annie's CD before I had the awesome blessing of meeting Fr.Leszek while visiting Annie in Florida. Meeting this determined, yet kind and gentle priest, gave a whole new meaning to the message of Mercy. His love for God and the people of Rawanda was apparent and infectious. Help Fr. Leszek and the people of Kibeho by purchasing this beautiful CD. The blessing you receive will by much greater than the gift you give.

Brian K. Kravec - Apr 27, 2012

You are a ray of Divine Mercy upon this world!

Anthony Salem - Jan 29, 2016

God is good. Thank God for this grace and blessing.