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Faustina, Maria (1905–1938)

  1. Regina T. Praetorius

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0571

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Praetorius, R. T. 2011. Faustina, Maria (1905–1938). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, commonly known as an apostle of the Divine Mercy, was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000, making her one of the first saints of the new millennium. Though her life was a short 33 years lived entirely in her native Poland, her impact on Christianity is widespread. Born Helena Kowalska, she entered a Polish convent in 1925 and received the name Maria Faustina. While in the convent, between 1931 and 1938, St. Faustina received numerous apparitions of the resurrected Christ. Acquiescing to Christ's request, she was his secretary and reluctantly recorded his messages in her diary. Her reluctance can be attributed to her concern for recording the message perfectly; St. Faustina was of a poor family and had only three years of formal education. Yet, when reviewed by the Catholic Church for her canonization, all of the information in the Diary was found to be congruent with church doctrine. This diary, The Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul, is now available in numerous languages.


  • Faustina, Maria (1905–1938);
  • apostle of the Divine Mercy;
  • Faustina's impact on Christianity, widespread;
  • St. Faustina, apparitions of resurrected christ;
  • christ, giving St. Faustina a series of prayers;
  • St. Faustina, and miracles, health related;
  • the diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska;
  • the diary, international impact upon Christianity;
  • painted image and prayers, and christ's apparitions