How a Couple of Catholics Confronted Coronavirus

In March, at the beginning of the nationwide lockdown in response to the global pandemic, Joann Scambia of Scarsdale, New York, came down with symptoms of COVID-19. As her condition worsened, she was admitted to the hospital. 

Side by Side with St. Joseph

In the chill of the high desert, standing vigilant by a manger, likely still bewildered but certainly at peace, this is the man we can turn to now for help. Because, yes, let’s agree on this point: We need his help.

Rest in Peace, Fr. Walter Gurgul, MIC (1930-2020)

He was baptized in the church that housed the Black Madonna. He was good friends with the priest responsible for bringing the Divine Mercy message to the western hemisphere. During World War II, he spent time in a Soviet labor camp. He credited the Blessed Mother for leading him to the Marian Fathers.

Father Walter Gurgul, MIC, one of the Marians’ cherished priests who until only recently lived and ministered at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, died Dec. 7, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was 90.

Part One: Is the Story Myth or Fact?

The reduction of the Nativity story merely to a profound myth is no more than a half-truth. Robert Stackpole, STD, explains.

A ‘Poor’ Disguise

Here, in the life of one of the great saints and mystics of the Church, we see Jesus explicitly demonstrating the truth of the warning given in Matthew 25:31-46.

Dives in Misericordia Turns 40

On Nov. 30, 1980, St. John Paul II published his great encyclical on Divine Mercy, saying, "It is 'God, who is rich in mercy' whom Jesus Christ has revealed to us as Father."

Called Home to the Church

Eventually, Zachary would find consolation through his faith in Jesus, his love for Mary, and by becoming a member of the Association of Marian Helpers. But it took him many years to find a spiritual home.

Meet Will Cusamano

Carefully following COVID-19 protocols, hundreds of pilgrims visit the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, each week. This is the latest in a series in which we ask a Shrine visitor what brings him or her here:

Meet Will Cusumano of Albany, New York, who returned to the Church after 29 years

From the Vaults

We recently found this old photo in the Shrine basement — of two giants in the modern Divine Mercy movement.