Calling all souls for the Holy Souls!

“Pray, brothers, for the souls in purgatory suffer unbearably” 
— St. Stanislaus Papczynski, Marian Founder

The 13th annual Mercy for Souls Conference will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. 

More than a decade of conferences is a big commitment, but, says Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, it’s all been worth it. 

“On page 82 from my book, Prayers & Practices for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, I said, ‘Let the light of Christ, the Word of God, illuminate your mind and your spiritual life.’ Each Conference has been my unique response to the signs of the times, shaped by the Word of God.”

“Being the director of the Holy Souls Sodality is being the father to my spiritual children,” continues Fr. Dan. “I take seriously my responsibility to help them grow closer to God and His Holy Souls. I text, write, and phone responses to their personal questions as I guide them to become the saints they were called to be at Baptism. I especially enjoy when the Sodality members share their success stories of their growth in holiness and their favorite prayer practices and insights.”

Rosary of the Seven Sorrows
He’ll continue that personal ministry to the Patrons of the Holy Souls Sodality at the conference.

At 9 a.m., Fr. Dan will celebrate Mass at the National Shrine. At 10 a.m., he'll speak speak about "Trusting Jesus, a Post-Pandemic response to, 'I am with you always…' Mt 20:28."

At 11 a.m., there will be an "Explaining the Faith" talk by the Very Rev. Chris Alar, MIC, provincial superior of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy Province.

Lunch will be on your own.

At 1 p.m., there will be Confessions, Adoration & Rosary in the National Shrine. 

At 2 p.m., there will be Holy Mass (does not fulfill the Sunday obligation). At 3 p.m., the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will take place. From 3:30-4:15 p.m., Confession will be available at the National Shrine.

No registration is required. All are welcome. Lunch is on your own. Visit for details.

The Holy Souls Sodality exists in the heart of the Association of Marian Helpers as an affiliate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. From their founding in 1670, the Marian Fathers have had as their second founding purpose (“charism”) the offering of earnest, humble petitions for the release of souls from Purgatory.

Key Marian commitment
In his Rule of Life (1687 and 1694-5), Marian Founder St. Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701) defined a key Marian commitment:

“With utmost zeal, piety, and fervor assist the souls of the faithful departed subject to expiatory pains — especially the souls of soldiers and those who died of pestilence.”

The Sodality underscores the commitment of the Marian Fathers and the Association of Marian Helpers in their concern for Holy Souls detained in purgatory, and it seeks to hasten their admission to the Beatific Vision of God in Heaven.

See you on Sept. 9! And please visit to learn more about the Sodality and to join.


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