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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  • we visited Stockbrige , Massachusetts and discovered along with plenty fall foliage peepers this magnificent divine Mercy shrine. wed attended 2pm mass and strolled the grounds of lifesize statutes...  more »
  • We arrived early via a bus tour and immediately you could tell it was going to be a wonderful place. We were given a brief but informative introduction by the excellent and friendly staff. We had...  more »
  • The National Shrine of Divine Mercy has an energy that is palpable. We arrived there with our five children, and met a beautiful soul named Mary Kay, who showed our family around the grounds. Everyone we met there was pleasant and you could tell were filled with the love of Jesus. There were so many places to pray, so many things to see and do, and the kids loved the big open fields. This is a great place for a retreat because you can take in the beauty indoors, and out. There are relics of St.John Paul II and St.Faustina, perpetual adoration, Mass, Rosary for Life, Chaplet prayed daily. It is heaven for this Catholic family! It is our favorite retreat destination. We found an awesome local pizza place the kids enjoy, and if you go at the right time, hotels are affordable. Highly recommend going here.
  • Am in Love with this Place. It's full of peace, everyone is so nice. The gift shop has everything you look for. The staff is awesome qnd are very helpful.

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