Saint Faustina with her family, 1935.
Dear Marian Helper,
Please join with us in what I consider a divine task: a petition drive to encourage the Holy See to name St. Faustina the next Doctor of the Church.
Doctor of the Church? What does that mean? The Church defines a Doctor of the Church as someone of extraordinary holiness, a saint whose theological writings have been declared exemplary and beneficial for countless faithful worldwide in teaching the truth, beauty, and splendor of the faith. Only 36 saints have been given this privileged title, including Augustine of Hippo, Catherine of Siena, and Thérèse of Lisieux. Key theologians, bishops, and cardinals agree that St. Faustina belongs among their ranks. Specifically, through her life and writings, she has renewed and clarified the mystery of God’s merciful love and his call for trust. Saint John Paul II called her “a gift … for all of humanity” and said the Divine Mercy revelations she recorded in her Diary serve as “the appropriate and incisive answer that God wanted to offer to the questions and expectations of human beings in our time …”
As you know, we Marians and Marian Helpers have been spreading the message of Divine Mercy revealed through St. Faustina since 1941, a mere three years after her death. Her being declared a Doctor would amplify the message of Christ’s merciful love to a world wandering in the darkness of sin, unbelief, and suffering. We have successfully appealed to the Holy See before when, in 1999, we led a petition drive to make Divine Mercy Sunday a universal feast day of the Church. Millions of Marian Helpers sent in their signed petitions, which we then boxed up and sent off to Rome. Based on this outpouring from around the world, St. John Paul II, at the canonization of St. Faustina in 2000, declared Divine Mercy Sunday a universal feast of the Church.
Can we successfully petition the Holy See to name our beloved St. Faustina a Doctor of the Church? With your help, we can! Please fill out the form to sign the petition. Invite others to do the same. Please pray for this petition!
Sincerely in Christ and Mary Immaculate,
Fr. Joseph, MIC
Association of Marian Helpers