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St Faustina (Helena Kowalska) is one of the most recognisable figures in the Christian world. She preached Divine Mercy and millions of pilgrims visit her tomb every year. She began to experience apparitions at an early age, but her path to the monastic life and to the service of God was not an easy one. Although her family was very religious, they did not support the idea of her going to a convent. She led a worldly life, worked as a maid and took part in the entertainments common to the youth of the day. Together with her two sisters, Helena attended parties and festivals. It was at one of these, on a July afternoon in 1924, in the "Venice" Park in Lodz (now the Juliusz Slowacki Park), that Jesus himself appeared to her and admonished her for her ministry. She ran to the cathedral and asked for further guidance in her prayers. Soon Helena Kowalska turned into Sister Faustina.

The path of St Faustina in Lodz leads through her workplaces at 9 Krosnienska Street and 29 Abramowskiego Street, the place of the apparition in Juliusz Slowacki Park, the Cathedral and the Church of St Faustina in Lodz, where her monument is located. Combined with a visit to her birthplace in Głogowiec and the saint's tomb in Cracow, it is possible to travel in the footsteps of the life and vocation of the Apostle of Divine Mercy.