The annual pilgrimage of journalists receives the blessing of the Pope for tenth anniversary in France


It is not forbidden to pray to discern the information in the abundance of news that overwhelms the editorial staff! Like the harvester in his field, which, when it comes time to harvest, sorts the wheat from the chaff, journalists also have the trying task of sorting and sorting the concrete subject of the infomation. Journalists and media professionals have been invited every year for ten years to walk a day in the streets of the  Capital and pray in a Visitation chapel and meditate on the extra soul they can give to their craft during the year and until the next pilgrimage.

Thank you France, for your faith!

Visitation Nuns and Divine Mercy


Kazimirowski1The deep devotion that Visitation Sisters have to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and our mission to spread this love since St Margaret Mary’s apparitions of the Lord, has also led many Visitandines to focus on the Divine Mercy devotion and Chaplet.

In the hidden providence of Our Lord and His unfathomable designs, He arranged, through a variety of circumstances, that the ORIGINAL PAINTING OF THE DIVINE MERCY IMAGE be executed on the premises of the Visitation Nuns Monastery in Vilnius, Lithuania!

This is a new discovery for many Visitandines, but certainly was known and evident at the time. Here is the story as best we can find it and we welcome YOUR RESEARCH and INPUT for developing a fuller history of this painting.

Visitation Monastery, Vilnius

The Visitation Monastery in Vilnius was founded in 1694 at the invitation of Bishop Bzostovskis and served as a contemplative community which also educated some young girls. It closed in 1865 and became an Orthodox Monastery, but in 1915 the Orthodox left and the Visitandines returned in 1919, remaining until just around or after the Second World War.

83e1a0627e6f2dbf3757a82ae044e685a19becc4_article_scaleIn the early 1930’s, Blessed Michael Sopocko, a priest and later spiritual director of St. Faustina, who received the revelations of Divine Mercy, was offered a room in the cottage on the Visitation Sisters’ property in Vilnius. Serving as confessor to the community that St. Faustina was a member of, he came to know the Saint and the request of Our Lord to paint a picture of Divine Mercy. In the Visitandines’ cottage, Fr Sopocko lived on the second floor, but on the ground floor the artist Eugeniusz Marcin Kazimirowski lived and it was he who Fr Sopocko commissioned to paint the picture of the Divine Mercy. In fact, St. Faustina was given permission by her Superior, on occasion, to visit with this artist at this studio, so we can suppose she also was on the Visitation Monastery premises.Visitation Sisters Cottage where Image was Painted

Researching Polish language sources brings the discovery that Bl Michael Sopocko, the director of St. Faustina, who lived in a cottage of the Visitation Nuns in Vilnius, gave conferences to the Visitation Nuns and even spoke about Divine Mercy to them. Knowing them so well, when it came time for the artist to paint the picture, Bl. Sopocko even took it upon himself to borrow an alb from the Visitandines so he could represent the figure of the Lord for the artist.

St Faustina came several times to the Visitation premises to look over the painting. When it was complete it was brought to the Visitation Nuns Parlor so they could see it.

Fr.  Sopoćko asked what the sisters thought about this picture. Their  statements were different. One of the Sisters said she thought that the heart was not visible, but what are the rays? Fr. Sopoćko asked Mother Superior to bring this image to our church. (Ed. It is a church. Sacred Heart of Jesus in the convent of the Sisters of the Visitation).But the  image did not harmonize with the interior of this Chapel.


That they did know Fr. Sopocko is made even more evident by this photo we have of them together:visitandinessopocko

It wasn’t long after the painting was completed that Fr Sopocko moved to St. Michael’s Church.

But, symbolically, and mystically, there is a spiritual connection between the Devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Divine Mercy and the fact of the first painting’s history in connection with the Visitation only enhances it!



Event at Paris Visitation Monastery Sat April 22

10th pilgrimage of the media world
in Paris
April 22, 2017

The 10th pilgrimage of the world of the media will take place in Paris on Saturday April 22nd 2017. It will have the theme: “To discern well to judge well”.
The program is under the auspices of St Francis de Sales, patron of the journalists
9am Rosary at the Visitation Monastery, 68 avenue Denfert-Rochereau Paris 14th (Metro Denfert-Rochereau or Raspail, RER B Port-Royal)
10:30 “François de Sales and Vincent de Paul, a friendship to discern” by Jacques Trémolet de Villers, lawyer at the Paris Bar (chapel of the Saint-Vincent de Paul Hospital, 72 avenue Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14th
12:15 am Adoration guided by the Abbot Gabriel Grimaud, Chaplain of the Education House of the Legion of Honor and Director of the Don Bosco Home, Foyer Don Bosco, 23 rue de Varize, Paris 16e (Metro Porte d’Auteuil or Door of Saint Cloud)
12h45 Lunch in the Don Bosco home
14H30 Lecture at the Don Bosco Home: “Discernment, a spiritual affair” by Mons. Marc Aillet, Bishop of Bayonne, Lescar and Oloron
15.30 Mass celebrated by Bishop Marc Aillet (at Don Bosco home)
Participation for the day: 20 € (including the meal)
Responsibility and coordination
Aymeric Pourbaix
Abbé Grimaud
Mass of journalists
Every Tuesday at 7:30 Mass of the journalists at the Don Bosco Foyer


10e pèlerinage du monde des médias
à Paris
Le 22 avril 2017


Le 10e pèlerinage du monde des médias aura lieu à Paris le samedi 22 avril 2017. Il aura pour thème : « Bien discerner pour bien juger ».

Le programme est placé sous l’égide de saint François de Sales, patron des journalistes


9h Chapelet au Monastère de la Visitation, 68 avenue Denfert-Rochereau Paris 14e (Métro Denfert-Rochereau ou Raspail ; RER B Port-Royal)

10h30 « François de Sales et Vincent de Paul, une amitié pour discerner » par Maître Jacques Trémolet de Villers, avocat au barreau de Paris (chapelle de l’hôpital Saint-Vincent de Paul, 72 avenue Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14e

12h15 Adoration guidée par M. l’abbé Gabriel Grimaud, aumônier de la Maison d’éducation de la Légion d’Honneur et directeur du foyer Don Bosco, Foyer Don Bosco, 23 rue de Varize, Paris 16e (Métro Porte d’Auteuil ou Porte de saint-Cloud)
12h45 Déjeuner au foyer Don Bosco

14H30 Conférence au foyer Don Bosco : « le discernement, une affaire spirituelle » par Mgr Marc Aillet, évêque de Bayonne, Lescar et Oloron

15h30 Messe célébrée par Mgr Marc Aillet (au foyer Don Bosco)

Participation pour la journée : 20 € (dont le repas)

Responsable et coordination

Aymeric Pourbaix

Abbé Grimaud

Messe des journalistes

Chaque mardi à 7h30 Messe des journalistes au Foyer Don Bosco