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This set of four DVD's provides you with a 13-week program for prayer and study that covers key mercy topics. Join Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC, Dr. Bryan Thatcher, and Cenacle members from... Read more

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Quiet on the set, as filming begins for the cenacle series, which is now airing on EWTN.

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By Felix Carroll (Feb 23, 2011)
The Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) is now featuring the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception's 13-part teaching program, Cenacle of The Divine Mercy, based on the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and St. Faustina's Diary.

We invite you to download the lesson plans and follow along.

The program is now airing daily at 6 a.m. (EST). It will air through Wednesday, March 2. (The program is listed under "Original EWTN Productions" on EWTN's schedule). Note one exception: There will be a double airing on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.

Filmed at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., in 2007, the program is hosted by Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC, and Dr. Bryan Thatcher, MD, director of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, a Congregation that has been spreading the message of The Divine Mercy since 1941.

Created exclusively for EWTN, topics for each 30-minute show include "What is Divine Mercy?," "St. Faustina," "The Divine Mercy Image," "Sacrament of Reconciliation," "Eucharist," "The Divine Mercy Chaplet," "John Paul II, the Great Mercy Pope," "Mary, the Mother of Mercy," "Trust," "Mercy," "Forgiveness," "Suffering," and "Works of Mercy."

The series is based on EADM's Divine Mercy prayer cenacle program. Due to the efforts of the Marians and EADM, thousands of prayer cenacles have formed in parishes around the world that meet regularly for prayer and discussion on Scripture, the Catechism, and the writings of St. Faustina (1905-1938) whose Diary contains Christ's call to "aching mankind" (Diary, 1074).

The word "cenacle," also known as the "Upper Room," is the term used for the site of the Last Supper. It was Ground Zero for humanity's salvation and, as it were, the first Christian church.

Today, Divine Mercy cenacles resonate with the Good News that the Feast of the Lamb is a buffet for all. Its members follow Christ's call to grow in union with Him and to perform works of mercy. That is to say, an EADM cenacle serves as Ground Zero for the assembly of a Christian soul.

The goal of the EWTN series — indeed, the goal of the thousands of cenacles of The Divine Mercy that have formed worldwide — is to delve deeply into the mystery of God's mercy, to increase the awareness that the message of Divine Mercy is one that needs to be lived daily, and to call on all to be Christlike.

The cenacle series now airing was the first of two produced at the National Shrine. EWTN may soon be re-airing the second series.

"The first series was very successful and well received," said Dr. Thatcher, who founded EADM 15 years ago. "EWTN has aired it several times now because of the great response. I've received calls and correspondence from as far away as the Sudan from people who watched it and were moved to begin cenacles in their own parishes. It's been really powerful."

DVDs of the cenacle series are available for purchase through our online catalogue. The second series is also available for purchase.

We invite you to download the free lesson plans and follow along.

We'll let you know if and when the second series will air.

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Jennie - Feb 23, 2011

I hope that you will consider airing this at a later time. I plan to read what you have posted, however I would like to hear it as well.
God Bless

MARIA C. - Feb 23, 2011

Great news. We already started our Divine Mercy Cenacle just after we came from our pilgrimage to the National Shrine last year. I already have the first DVD series and would like to purchase the second DVD. Thanks to Fr. Roesch and Mr. Thatcher for their leadership and for facilitating the cenacle. It is very helpful for our group. I am looking forward to see the second series as well. Keep up the good work and May the Lord blessed you with more good health, love, healing and peace so you can continue ministering to all of us. THANKS A MILLION.....

Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC - Feb 24, 2011

Glad to hear about this. I urge all to watch it at 6 or Tivo it and watch it later! I am sure you will benefit from some of the wonderful sharings when we taped the series!

Mary Lou - Feb 25, 2011

Tonight we will have our Divine Mercy Cenacle...this comes so timely for more empowering reflection and deepening. I will inform all the members about this. Glory to His mercy !

Linda C. - Mar 1, 2011

Thank you Father Joe,
I've been watching the series since it started, and not only has it increased my faith, it gave me a deeper understanding of the power of the Divine Mercy. Until EWTN, I never heard of St. Faustina, and I attended Catholic School for 9 years. God Bless you all.

Nancy - Mar 2, 2011

WE just started our Divine Mercy Cenacle. Today nineteen people came and watched the first lesson. Everyone was very enthusiastic about the program and it led to some beautiful sharing among the members. Thank you for producing this series.
God Bless you!

Maria P. (Canada) - Mar 6, 2011

Thank you Fr. Roesch for your priesthood and Dr. Thatcher for your ministry. These cenacle teachings are so powerful and changing the hearts of many people....thank God. I know that it's hard work but it is so evident of the love you have for Jesus, the Divine Mercy. May this zeal and love touch all the hearts who come across this most remarkable MESSAGE of our century. God's blessings to all who work hard for us......the viewers!

Connie Anderson - Jun 24, 2011

I missed this series when it aired on EWTN. However, I just finished watching it - and its predcessor - via DVD. What a beautiful series, and what a beautiful witness to the simple, but powerful, devotion to the Merciful love of Jesus. Thanks so much. I've been deeply touched!