Polish Sister St. Faustina Kowalska is depicted with an image of Jesus Christ the Divine Mercy.
The Regional North American Congress on Mercy 2015, is planned April 24-26 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.
She had visions of Jesus saying he would show mercy to those who prayed for it and shared it with others. Father Bart said Pope Francis' Year of Mercy is the culmination of the church's official recognition of the message of Divine Mercy.
It is being hosted by the Diocese of Oakland, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, and the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.
Bishop Barber and Rev. Carl Arcosa, Divine Mercy coordinator for the diocese, invited the Marians to turn a simple one-day conference into an event for Northern California.
The theme is Divine Mercy — Fullness of the Faith. Father Arcosa hopes the event serves as a follow-up to the world conference in Bogotá, Colombia, last year and as a preparation for the a larger event planned for October 2016 in the Diocese of Orange.
Father Jozef Bart, rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit, a Rome sanctuary dedicated to Divine Mercy, sees a "golden thread" connecting the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy and the message Jesus conveyed to St. Faustina Kowalska nearly 85 years ago.
The three most recent popes all "insisted on this message of mercy," starting with St. John Paul II, who canonized St. Faustina in 2000 and declared the Sunday after Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday, Father Bart said.
St. Faustina was a Polish Sister of Our Lady of Mercy.
"It seems that heaven is in a great rush to come help this world that truly has many problems, that is sick and wounded," he said.
The conference will offer a number of workshops, talks by leading religious thinkers, Mass, Confession, Eucharistic adoration and Benediction, recitation of the Rosary and of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
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