Thanksgiving pilgrimage for the beatification of sr Marta Wiecka in Sniatyn

[Province of Krakow / Odessa – Ukraine] On May 26-27, 2018 in Sniatyn, Ukraine, the 9th pilgrimage of the Vincentian Family to the grave of Blessed Sr. Marta Wiecka took place. The ceremony was combined with thanksgiving for the gift of the 10th anniversary of the beatification of Sister Marta Wiecka. The pilgrimage gathered pilgrims from all over Ukraine, as well as from Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Romania and other countries.

We express gratitude to God for this meeting that has united us even more. Common prayer, solemn Eucharist, evening adoration, workshops, considering the words of the Holy Father addressed to members of the Vincentian Family during a session in Rome last year, unexpected meetings, endless conversations and sharing the experience of serving to those in need – these are only some points of the program that enriched each of us.

However, for many pilgrims, the most important place became the grave of Sr Marta. To her they came and through her intercession to the Almighty God they expressed their intentions, sometimes difficult and, in human terms, with no way out. There were also those who brought the intentions of those who could not come themselves to the thanksgiving. An interesting phenomenon was the moment when, after a long and focused prayer, a woman at the grave called someone and said: “I am at the grave of Blessed Sr. Marta – tell her yourself” and, without disconnecting, she stretched out with the phone in the direction of the grave. Faith knows no borders and no obstacles. There were also many thanksgivings for received graces and healings.

Another moving moment was the announcement by the Archbishop of Lviv, Mieczysław Mokrzycki, of the parish church as the Sanctuary of Blessed Sr. Marta Wiecka, as well as the dedication of a commemorative plaque that was placed at the Sniatyn hospital – the place where she served and gave her life for her neighbour.

At the end, Fr. Jan Trzop, Vice-Visitor of the Congregation of the Mission in Ukraine, stressed that these meetings are a spark that is to inflame us, to choose good things every day and fight for them.

Blessed sister Martha – pray for us.

Sr Maria, Oddesa-Ukraine

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