The first ‘Hospice for the Dying’ in Lithuania built by our charity was seen as an historic national event. National television channels and media journalists from all over Poland, and Lithuania, were there to record the event for public broadcasting.
It seems extraordinary that there was no hospice or palliative care centre in this country until HUDT "Divine Mercy in Action" built it. It took an Irish charity to open the first hospice here, which was appreciated by the Irish Government by having the Irish Ambassador cut the ribbon. It was as a result of a plea from the ‘Sisters of Merciful Jesus’ (the community of sisters founded on the request of Jesus to St.Faustina) caring for the sick and dying elderly people of Vilnius, crying out for a place of cleanliness, security and warmth for poor souls to live out their last years in peace and dignity.
HUDT or ‘Divine Mercy in Action’ answered that call and today there is one of the most modern palliative care centres in Europe now opened for these people. The place chosen to do this was an old abandoned Vincentian Convent on the grounds of the artist who painted the original image of Divine Mercy. The site was donated by the Archbishop of Vilnius, Cardinal Backis, to the Sisters of Merciful Jesus.
The astonishing and maybe miraculous happening for us, a ‘Divine Mercy Apostolate’ , was that the site was on ground where Saint Faustina and Blessed Michael Sopocko walked to instruct the artist in the painting of the image. These two ‘Apostles of Divine Mercy’ chosen by God to bring the message of Divine Mercy to the world, had met together over a period of more than six months with the artist, to supervise the painting of the image that Our Lord had instructed Saint Faustina to have painted.
The image that Christ wanted to make available to the world, for all to venerate and seek His Divine Mercy. It was also on this ground that this congregation that Jesus asked for was founded.
The community that was to become the ‘Sisters of Merciful Jesus’. Here they will work and bring God’s mercy in deed, word and prayer to the poor elderly homeless of Vilnius.
It is one of "Divine Mercy in Action's" greatest works, in continuation of Christ’s request to St. Faustina and Blessed Sopocko to bring His mercy to those in need.
This hoarding was erected after the old Vincentian Convent was acquired two years before the actual building work commenced. The project was approved and blessed by Cardinal Audrys Backis in 2005. Once again we thank all Divine Mercy devotees who supported and continue to support this ongoing project. This project cost over €1.5 million Euro.