Saint Faustina Drama Comes to Historic Baltimore Church
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dWASHINGTON, DC (April 21, 2014) - Saint Faustina, born Helen Kowalska, was a Polish nun and mystic who died in 1938 at the age of 33 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in April 2000. She lived much of her life in the obscurity of the convent, both in Warsaw and in Cracow. Obeying her confessor's directives, she kept a diary of her daily convent life as well as the extraordinary graces she experienced. Her diary Divine Mercy in My Soul has been published in several languages. She is the saint associated with Divine Mercy Sunday which the Church celebrates on the Sunday after Easter.
Performing artist Nancy Scimone has created a one-woman drama on the Saint's life, using selected excerpts from the diary as her script. "It's my desire," expresses the performer, "to portray both the soul who receives extraordinary graces and the soul who, like each of us, seeks to love and serve our Lord. Through her diary we learn how she experienced great joy in the simplest of things because she was so open to grace. St. Faustina teaches us that God's abundant grace, forgiveness and mercy are available to each of us. The drama also gives background to Divine Mercy Sunday and The Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Scimone's drama, titled "Saint Faustina - Messenger of Mercy," is presented in seven scenes portraying significant facets of the Saint's life including her physical and spiritual trials, trust in Jesus, love for the Sacraments and her love for Mary. After each scene, Scimone sings a sacred song to allow time for reflection and to progress the story. Fully costumed, Scimone presents her drama without scenery or props with the intent that the simplicity of presentation maintains the focus on the words. The drama runs about one hour and is appropriate for all ages.
The one-hour performance is on Sunday, April 27 at 12:00 noon at historic Holy Rosary Church, 400 South Chester St., Baltimore. The performance is part of the weekend's festivities celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday on the 27th. Tickets are not required. For a complete list of Mass times and events, please visit the church's website at www(dot)holyrosarypl(dot)org
In 1993, Holy Rosary church was designated as the Archdiocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy. It became more famous when the Vatican recognized the healing of Father Ronald Pytel as a miracle through the intercession of Blessed Faustina Kowalska, the miracle which led to her canonization in the year 2000.
Scimone has presented over 80 performances of the drama for churches, schools and conferences in the US and Canada, including the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC, the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA and a ten-performance Chicago tour. A classically trained soprano, she has performed as soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, on the steps of the US Capitol, and in New York City. Her inspirational music recordings are heard on radio, including EWTN.
For further details or interview, please contact music(at)nancyscimone.com or 571-232-1873.
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