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Saint Faustina focus of dramatic presentation

Catholic performing artist has created a one-woman drama on Saint Faustina life and will offer a performance at 7 p.m. April 18 at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 9190 Church St., Union Bridge.

She uses selected excerpts from Saint Faustina's diary as her script.

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Saint Faustina, born Helen Kowalska, was a Polish nun and mystic who died in 1938 at the age of 33 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in April 2000. She lived much of her life in the obscurity of the convent, both in Warsaw and in Cracow. Obeying her confessor's directives, she kept a diary of her daily convent life as well as the extraordinary graces she experienced. Her diary, "Divine Mercy in My Soul," has been published in several languages.

She is the saint associated with Divine Mercy Sunday, which the Catholic Church celebrates on the Sunday after Easter.

Scimone's drama, "Saint Faustina — Messenger of Mercy," is presented in seven scenes portraying significant facets of the saint's life, including her physical and spiritual trials, trust in Jesus, love for the Sacraments and her love for Mary. After each scene, Scimone sings a sacred song to give time for reflection and to progress the story.

Fully costumed, Scimone presents her drama without scenery or props with the intent that the simplicity of presentation maintains the intimate convent setting and focuses on the words of the diary.

The drama runs about one hour and is described as appropriate for all ages.

No tickets are required, but a freewill offering will be collected.

Call 301-898-5111 for more information.

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