National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Stockbridge

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The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy is a Catholic shrine located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

The priests and Catholic and brothers of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary have resided on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, since June 1944. Father Walter Pelczynski, MIC, with the assistance of local clergy and friends of the Marian community, initially purchased 50 of the 370 acres (1.5 km2) that constituted the "Eden Hill" estate in November, 1943. The house was to serve as the novitiate for a newly formed province. An image of "The Divine Mercy" was enshrined in one of the small chapels where the members of the community prayed daily a perpetual novena to the Divine Mercy.

Pilgrims began to arrive the very next spring to celebrate the Feast of The Divine Mercy (the Sunday after Easter). By the end of World War II in 1945, pilgrims in growing numbers came to offer thanksgiving for graces received through the Divine Mercy message and devotion. They urged the Marians to build a shrine to Jesus, The Divine Mercy, as a votive of thanks. The Fathers decided to accede to the requests since there was also a need for a larger chapel to accommodate a growing community.

The construction of the present Shrine began in 1950 and was completed and solemnly dedicated by Springfield Bishop Christopher Weldon in 1960. In 1996, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops declared it a National Shrine in accord with Church law. The National Shrine has drawn thousands of pilgrims from around the world.
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  • Visiting the shrine was a wish our mother has had for a very long time as her mother passed away on Divine Mercy Sunday many years ago. We finally had a chance to bring her and our father this past... 
    Visiting the shrine was a wish our mother has had for a very long time as her mother passed away on Divine Mercy Sunday many years ago. We finally had a chance to bring her and our father this past...  more »
  • A peaceful place to enjoy the chapels and colours and late afternoon sun. Walked the way of the cross and also checked out the bog area off one of the parking lots. Glad we had a visit without any.....  more
    A peaceful place to enjoy the chapels and colours and late afternoon sun. Walked the way of the cross and also checked out the bog area off one of the parking lots. Glad we had a visit without any.....  more »
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  • I went on a weekday 9.10.21 to avoid any potential crowds and it was a great experience. While roaming around I met Brother Mark, also the organist for that days 9am mass. Only 15 people attended that morning which was great. The mass was beautiful and the inside of the Church is beautiful. I also explored the grounds and walked through the 14 life sized stations of the cross. A Beautiful reminder of our Dear Jesus and what he endured for us. It was a peaceful day to pray, meditate and reflect. God Bless.
  • Jesus bless marian fathers helpers sisters and workers there and be safe and healthy by the power of Holy Spirit one day by gods plan will visit and will help too being a marine helper getting graces and blessings from all of you here in my country amen

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