Thousands expected at the National Shrine for Divine Mercy Weekend 2024

UPDATES FROM DIVINE MERCY WEEKEND 2024!

The Marian Fathers extend a warm invitation to come to Eden Hill on April 6 and 7 to experience this annual celebration. Admission is free. Online bus registration has closed, but private vehicles are welcome with no registration required.

View this year's schedule.

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STOCKBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the annual Divine Mercy Sunday Weekend festivities on April 6-7 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. ET Liturgy will be His Excellency, the Most Rev. Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services U.S.A. and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Mass will be celebrated at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine and livestreamed on Facebook and here on TheDivineMercy.org

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 7, with a one-hour program preceding the celebration hosted by Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC, and Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, at 12 Noon ET.

There are two themes for this year’s Divine Mercy Pre-Show at 12 Noon ET. The first 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 second theme is Spiritual Fatherhood, and the vital role of the father of a family in promoting the faith among his children.

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

  • Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D. Archbishop Broglio oversees the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), which provides the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces, through military chaplains. This includes more than 220 installations in 29 countries, patients in 153 V.A. Medical Centers, and federal employees serving outside the boundaries of the U.S.A. in 134 countries. Numerically, the AMS is responsible for more than 1.8 million men, women, and children. Archbishop Broglio was elected President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2022. Biography.
     
  • 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, 30 Day Eucharistic Revival: A Retreat with St. Peter Julian Eymard (Marian Press), complements the National Eucharistic Revival. Father Donald lives and works in Steubenville, Ohio. Biography.
     
  • Elvis Grbac is a Catholic motivational speaker. A college football standout with the University of Michigan, he spent nine seasons in the NFL on three top teams: the San Francisco 49ers, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Baltimore Ravens. Biography.
     
  • Ben Steele played for six NFL teams including the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, and was an assistant coach for five teams, including his current team, the Arizona Cardinals. He has a unique side job: he makes Rosaries for men – and football players – to promote devotion to the Virgin Mary. Biography.
     
  •  Jim Wahlberg is the executive director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, which was created to improve the quality of life for inner-city youth through a working partnership with other youth organizations. Jim is a producer, writer, and director of films, and uses his talent and experience to raise awareness about opioid addiction. He is the author of The Big Hustle and executive producer of Mother Teresa: No Greater Love. and the forthcoming Jesus Thirsts: The Miracle of the Eucharist. Biography.

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 6, and the Sunday Liturgy at 1 p.m. on April 7 will be celebrated on Eden Hill at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.

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.

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 sent in from across the United States and Canada.

A conference on "Godly Fathers Strengthen Families," featuring talks by Fr. Chris Alar, Fr. Donald Calloway, and Jim Wahlberg, will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 9:30 - 11 a.m. in the St. Faustina Center. Tickets are sold out, but the conference will be livestreamed on Facebook and on the Marian Fathers' dedicated streaming site, DivineMercyPlus.org.

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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