Thousands expected at the National Shrine for Divine Mercy Weekend 2023

The Marian Fathers extend a warm invitation to come to Eden Hill on April 15 and 16 to experience this annual celebration. Admission is free. Online bus registration has closed, but private vehicles are welcome with no registration required.

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STOCKBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the annual Divine Mercy Sunday Weekend festivities on April 15-16 at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, the home of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. This annual event is hosted by the Marian Fathers, who have promoted the Divine Mercy message and devotion since 1941. 

The principal celebrant for the Sunday 1 p.m. liturgy will be the Most Rev. Bernard E. Shlesinger, III, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia. The Mass will be celebrated at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.

Live on EWTN on Divine Mercy Sunday
A live international broadcast of the Marian Fathers’ solemn celebration of Divine Mercy will air on the EWTN Global Catholic Network beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 16, with a one-hour program preceding the celebration hosted by Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC, and Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, at 12 Noon EST.

The theme for this year’s Divine Mercy Pre-Show at 12 Noon EST is the Eucharist, the consecrated bread and wine transformed into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. A National Eucharistic Revival is under way throughout the United States to renew understanding and appreciation among Catholics of all ages of what is called the “Source and Summit” of our Catholic faith. The phenomena of Eucharistic miracles is also in the spotlight. One such miracle is claimed to have occurred on March 5 in Thomaston, Connecticut, and is currently under investigation by the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The live broadcast of the Divine Mercy Pre-Show will include special guests:

  • The Most Rev. Bernard Shlesinger III, Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta. Prior to becoming a priest, Bishop Shlesinger was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, flying jumbo C-130E Hercules aircraft. He retired from active duty in 1990, when he began studies for the priesthood in the Diocese of Raleigh, NC. He was ordained a priest in 1996, and a bishop in 2017.
     
  • Michael O’Neill, a Relevant Radio host and author, is best known as “The Miracle Hunter” on EWTN, investigating miraculous occurrences around the world. His latest book is Science and the Miraculous: How the Church Investigates the Supernatural. O’Neill is an expert on Eucharistic miracles, cases in which the consecrated wafer, commonly known as the Host, has been transformed into human flesh, for example, or seen to bleed human blood as verified by scientific testing. Note: the interview with Michael O’Neill was pre-recorded.
     
  • Father Donald Calloway, MIC, the vicar provincial and vocation director for the Mother of Mercy Province of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, as well as the author of a dozen books, including the worldwide bestseller, Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father (Marian Press, 2020). His latest book, Eucharistic Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Blessed Sacrament (Marian Press), is intended to be an aid to the National Eucharistic Revival. Father Donald lives and works in Steubenville, Ohio. Note: Fr. Calloway will also give a live talk on the Eucharist on Sunday, April 16 at 11 a.m. at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.
     
  • Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is an author, journalist, speaker, and EWTN host, and an expert on the life of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, author of the famous Diary. She is the author of more than 30 books, including 52 Weeks with Saint Faustina (Marian Press, 2018) and Divine Mercy in a Woman’s Life: Milestones Along the Way (Marian Press, 2021). Note: Donna-Marie will also give a live talk on St. Faustina and the Eucharist on Sunday, April 16 at 11:15 a.m. at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.

Tent City
Throughout the weekend, the 350-acre Shrine grounds are transformed into a small tent city, providing opportunities for Confessions, Eucharistic Adoration, praying the Rosary, and perusing the Divine Mercy Gift Shop. Both the Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, and the Sunday liturgy at 1 p.m. on April 16 will be celebrated on Eden Hill at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the prayer banner composed of thousands of pieces of cloth with prayer intentions for Divine Mercy Sunday.

A conference on the Eucharist, featuring talks by Fr. Chris Alar and Fr. Donald Calloway, will be held on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the St. Faustina Center. Tickets are sold out, but the conference will be livestreamed on Facebook and here on DivineMercyPlus.org.

Translators will be on hand to provide assistance to visitors in Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, German, and Tagalog. In all, approximately 300 volunteers will assist with a myriad of responsibilities.

Pilgrims welcome!
The Marian Fathers extend a warm invitation to come to Eden Hill in Stockbridge to experience this annual celebration. Admission is free. Online bus registration has closed, but private vehicles are welcome with no registration required. 

The GPS address to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy is 74 Pine Street, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

For more information on Divine Mercy Weekend and the schedule, click here.

For more information on Divine Mercy Sunday, a universal feast day of the Catholic Church celebrated in every parish in the world, click here.
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