Welcome to the Divine Mercy Apostolate of The Marian Fathers in Great Britain.
On the website you will find some basic information about the devotion, history, theological explanation and Church teaching regarding God’s Mercy and Saint Faustina’s message.
The Divine Mercy Apostolate is engaged in spreading devotion to Divine Mercy throughout Great Britain by publishing a quarterly magazine Messenger of the Divine Mercy, sale of books and religious articles and correspondence. On the First Friday of each month we hold a Celebration of the Great Hour of Mercy and on the First Saturday of each month we hold a Day of Prayer With Mary to the Divine Mercy. In addition, every day from Monday to Friday at 2:30 pm in the chapel of our Apostolate in London at 1 Courtfield Gardens (West Ealing, W13 0EY) we celebrate Mass for the intentions of the members of the Apostolate and all apostles of Divine Mercy around the world. Due to the current pandemic, the 2:30 pm Service of Holy Mass and the Hour of Mercy are streamed online. After the end of the pandemic, we hope to open once again our Chapel for public worship
Responding to the message of the Lord Jesus addressed to us through St. Faustina and reading the latest teaching of Pope Francis, we need to proclaim the joy of the Gospel through various forms of evangelization. The Peter of our time states directly in the extremely inspiring apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium:
“The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.
The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ.
I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than his life, which impels us onwards!”. (Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 1-3)