A Beacon to the World
"I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of my God" (Rev. 3:12)
Along the frenetic Kennedy Expressway, in the heart of Chicago, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church; The Sanctuary of The Divine Mercy, stands as a sign of contradiction, a light to the world, an oasis of life-giving water calling all of God's people to find peace by turning with trust to The Divine Mercy.
Designated as a Sanctuary by Cardinal George in 2007, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church; The Sanctuary of The Divine Mercy is a prophetic sign of the emerging new springtime of faith foreseen by John Paul II in the third Christian millennium; a new Pentecost, that will ignite each soul by "contemplating the face of Christ, in union with, and at the school of His most Holy Mother".
Life transforming contemplation of the Merciful Eucharistic King enthroned in the Immaculate Heart of the Queen Mother is the core mission of the Sanctuary of The Divine Mercy. The Iconic Monstrance serves to "rekindle Eucharistic amazement" in the Church for a new evangelization drawing all people to the fountain of mercy.
Since unveiling the Iconic Monstrance on the Feast of the Visitation, May 31, 2008, the doors of the Sanctuary of The Divine Mercy have remained open for perpetual Eucharistic adoration welcoming pilgrims from all around the world to immerse themselves in the spring of grace, mercy and power flowing out of Jesus' Eucharistic Presence in the Iconic Monstrance.
Even during the essential repair of the trusses and renovation, begun in September 2011, the church remains open from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends.
Through prayer and discernment, the first priority of the Sanctuary has become clear: Build the Sanctuary of The Divine Mercy with Living Stones. This means bringing people to the Fountain of Mercy flowing from Jesus in the Iconic Monstrance. The most essential and important aspect of the Sanctuary is in place; now we must help others to find it, drink from it, be healed by it, and be transformed into founts of mercy in love with Jesus.