Live Drama, "Faustina," at St. Anthony Church, Youngstown, May 2
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:11

           “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy,” a live theatrical one-woman drama, will be presented at St. Anthony Church, 1125 Turin Avenue in Youngstown, on Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. The production is sponsored by the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Evangelization. Admission is $8, and the program is suitable for ages 12 and up. The drama will be performed by actress Maria Vargo and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions

           In “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy,” audiences experience firsthand the spirit and life of Polish mystic Saint Faustina, whose personal encounters with Jesus have inspired a world-wide devotion to Christ’s Divine Mercy. A parallel modern story within the drama offers audiences a compelling personal connection to the current moral issues of our times. Audiences are calling the production a “wake-up call.”

           Faustina Kowalska was born Helena Kowalska in 1905, into a large peasant family in Poland. She was a poor girl, destined to be a housekeeper, with no education or prospects. Yet she longed for God, and despite the protests of her parents, and after a vision of Jesus telling her to head for Warsaw and become a nun, she secretly boarded a train. Upon reaching the city, she knocked on the doors of convents until the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy finally took a chance on this young girl and let her in. As a nun she took the name Sister Maria Faustina, and spent the rest of her life doing menial work as a cook and as a gardener.

           In 1930, the mystical visions started for the young nun, Sister Faustina Kowalska. Jesus appeared to her in a white garment, with rays of white and red light emanating from near His heart. He asked her to paint His image, with the message, “Jesus, I trust in You” across the bottom. That was the beginning of a very special mission that took years to develop into a powerful devotion for the Church – the Divine Mercy.

            Jesus continued to speak through Sister Faustina with an urgent message for our times, and He gave her a special prayer, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which spread throughout the world. Faustina continued to keep a diary of her visions, until she died of tuberculosis in 1938. Pope John Paul II declared the Sunday after Easter as Mercy Sunday, and in April, 2000, Faustina Kowalska was declared the first saint of the 21st Century.

           Maria Vargo is a Hollywood-based actress and a member of the Screen Actors Guild- American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Actors’ Equity, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Her résumé includes numerous roles in film, television, and theater, in addition to work as an artistic director and producer. Aside from her work on stage and screen, Maria Vargo’s many talents encompass a far-reaching spectrum from singer, songwriter to voice teacher for actors. She looks forward to sharing the message of God’s endless mercy with the world, since she has experienced His mercy in her own life.

            For tickets and information contact St. Joseph the Provider School, 330-259-0353, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Contact the Office of Evangelization, Diocese of Youngstown, at 330-744-8451, for more information.