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Mater Ecclesiae College Choir sings for third consecutive year during Divine Mercy Sunday celebration in Stockbridge, Massachusetts

MEC Choir at Divine Mercy Mass
Regnum Christi consecrated woman Jacquie Lustig directs the Mater Ecclesiae Choir during the Divine Mercy Mass

By Jacquie Lustig 

Divine Mercy Sunday 2013 marked the third consecutive year that the Mater Ecclesiae College Choir was invited to sing during the masses at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  Nestled in the Blue Mountains, the Shrine is cared for by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, and has been a home to pilgrims for over thirty years. 

When asked how Regnum Christi became involved with Divine Mercy Sunday, one could say it all started with a simple song. In the fall of 2010, the consecrated women living at Mater Ecclesiae College decided to take a pilgrimage to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge. Touched by the beauty of the chapel at the Shrine, several of the consecrated knelt before the image of the Divine Mercy and began to sing.  Volunteers from the Shrine heard them singing and asked if the students were planning to sing on Divine Mercy Sunday.  The women said they were just visiting on a pilgrimage.  A few weeks later, those same students were surprised to receive a formal invitation to do just that. One of their professors at Mater Ecclesiae knew the Shrine’s rector from her college days -- Father Anthony Gramlich -- who extended a warm invitation to the students to sing at Divine Mercy Sunday 2011. 

The experience was a positive one on both sides: so positive, in fact, that the choir was invited back for the Divine Mercy Sunday
MEC Choir
celebrations in 2012 and this year, April 7, 2013. For those at Mater Ecclesiae, the celebration has become a family event.  Students not involved in the choir have been invited to help with various liturgical roles in the Divine Mercy Shrine ceremonies, serving as lectors, ushers, and other various volunteer services.  At the college, the professors and students unable to come for the weekend make it a tradition to watch (and tape) the EWTN broadcast of the Mass.

Stockbridge has become a preferred place of prayer for many Mater Ecclesiae students, who often make the two-hour drive for a morning retreat or mini-pilgrimage.  The students have become friends with other volunteers and the Marian Fathers.  The experience of Divine Mercy Sunday has become for those at Mater Ecclesiae College what it means to be part of the universal Catholic Church. 

Photos are courtesy of the Marians at the Divine Mercy Shrine.  For more information, go to



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