The place where the image of the Merciful Jesus was displayed for the first time – the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in Ostra Brama – is also important. In the 16th century Ostra Brama was built along with the city walls – it was the first gate to Vilnius. There was a route which led to Medininkai, Ashmyany and Minsk through it; therefore, at first the gate was called the Medininkai Gate. It was also called ‚Zaranna Gate’ [the Gate of Dawn] and, later it was named ‚Aštra’ [in Polish: ‚Ostra’, in English: ‚Sharp’] – because of the name of the southern end of the city. In the gate a picture of Our Lady was put up – it was greatly venerated as early as in the 17th century, and Carmelites who served in Saint Teresa’s Church,the church adjacent to Ostra Brama, started to take care of the image. In 1671 a wooden chapel was built, however, after less than fifty years it burnt down. In its place a new one was erected in 1829 – it was made of brick and built in the neoclassical style. The inhabitants of Vilnius have loved Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn a lot, which, for instance, a large number of votive offerings prove. As early as in the 18th century Our Lady received a beautiful dress made of gold-plated silver, which was probably given by a goldsmiths’ guild. In the 20th century the picture was crowned twice (papal crowns) and the title of the Mother of Mercy was conferred on Our Lady of Ostra Brama.

In March, 1936, Sister Faustina left Vilnius for good, however, Rev. Sopoćko continued her mission in the city. By every possible means he tried to propagate the devotion to the Divine Mercy and he also broadened his theological knowledge of the mystery. Therefore, in Vilnius there are places which are not so much connected with Sister Faustina herself as with the mission entrusted to her by the Lord Jesus. Saint Michael the Archangel’s Church is worth-mentioning because it was there that the image of the Merciful Jesus hung since 1937 till 1948 – the year when the church was closed down. In place of the church and the

***Bernardine Sisters’ convent there used to be a medieval palace of the Sapiecha family. Lew Sapiecha, who was a grand hetman [the second highest military commander] of Lithuania and a governor of Vilnius province, donated the palace to the Bernardine Sisters and adapted it for the needs of the convent.***

In 1594-1596 he had Saint Michael the Archangel’s Church built next to the palace. In 1933 the church and the convent were renovated. However, unfortunately, in 1948 the church was closed down and since 1956 it has been a museum of architecture.

After the closure of Saint Michael’s Church its equipment, therefore, also the image of the Merciful Jesus was transferred to the Holy Spirit Church. Originally, it was a wooden church erected in King Władysław Jagiełło time. After a fire in 1441 Casimir the Jagiellonian had it rebuilt and since the beginning of the 16th century the church was in the charge of the Dominicans, who had been brought to Vilnius by Alexander the Jagiellonian. In the second half of the 18th century the church was rebuilt again and its present outward appearance dates back to that time. Since the convent was closed down by the tsarist authorities in 1844 the church has since functioned as a parish one. Inside there are numerous frescos and pictures, including the valuable painting ‚The Holy Spirit’s Apotheosis’, which dates back to the 19th century. Initially, the image of the Merciful Jesus was stored there as a deposit of Saint Michael’s Church and since 1985, for ten years, it was displayed for public worship on a side altar.

On the 28th September, 2005, through the decision of the Archbishop of Vilnius, A. Bačkis, the image of the Merciful Jesus was transferred to the Holy Trinity’s Church. In that place there was a church as early as in the 15th century and at that time probably it was a wooden one. There is no reliable information about the date when the brick church was erected. In 1536 King Sigismund I funded a hospital attached to the church and at the beginning of the 19th century the authorities converted the church into an Orthodox one. After it was rebuilt, its initial appearance changed almost completely. One hundred years later the church was returned to Catholics, who had it renovated. Today the Holy Trinity’s Church is a shrine of the Divine Mercy.

Sr M. Natanaela Czajkowska O.L.M.

‚Divine Mercy Newsletter’, no. 68 (2008) and 69 (2009), pp10-11.


Henry Sapiecha


This section shall be added to as I get more information to post here.

In the meantime I have posted here some basic info with a photo of the ship Dundalk Bay which brought the Sapiecha migrants to Australia in the year 1950..

Migrant Selection Documents for Displaced Persons who travelled to Australia per Dundalk Bay departing Bremerhaven 6 September 1950 <<?? Left before it arrived??

SAPIECHA Antoni born 23 October 1923; Janina born 11 December 1926; Henryk born 8 October 1946; Regina born 1 March 1948

Sapiecha, Janina Polish born 1926 – arrived 27 June 1950 aboard Dundalk Bay – husband Antoni and children Henryk, Regina and Anthony


The Dundalk Bay. She was built as the cargo ship Nurnberg in germany 1936. During WW2 she was converted to a repair ship for the German Navy.In May 1945 she was captured by the British in Copenhagen and converted into a depot ship.In 1947 she was transferred to the MOT and in 1948 sold to H.P.Lenaghan of Belfast and renamed Dundalk Bay. In 1949 she became an emigrant ship for service from Europe to Australasia. In 1951 she reverted to a normal cargo ship. In 1957 she was sold to Duff Herbert & Mitchell of Liverpool and renamed Westbay sadly on 2nd September 1962 she arrived in Hamburg for breaking up. later i found this # i remember the Westbay being laid up in Albert Edward Dock in the river Tyne for many years early in the 1960’s. there was a note of Chinese buyers being interested in her in 1961 but the following year she was broken up in Hamburg


Henry Sapiecha


Use the Phrase “Polish Death Camps” in Poland and You could end up in prison

Soon, saying that Nazi death camps were Polish could earn you three years in prison

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It’s been almost 77 years since Nazi Germany invaded Poland, which sparked the official beginning of World War II. Nearly 18 percent of Poland’s population were murdered during the Nazi occupation—at least 4.9 million people, three million of whom were Jews. Decades after the war ended, the sites of concentration camps including Auschwitz-Birkenau and Treblinka stand as monuments to the terror of the Holocaust. And the Polish government cares so deeply about how people refer to the true origins of the camps that they just passed a law that threatens those who refer to the camps as “Polish” with up to three years in prison. But is the attempt to outlaw terms like “Polish death camps” a bid for historical accuracy—or an attempt to whitewash history?

The AP reports that a new bill will dole out prison terms for people who refer to Nazi death camps as “Polish.” Phrases like “Polish death camps” and “Polish concentration camps” will be punished by the law, which is expected to pass in the Polish parliament soon, and be implemented later this year. The punishment—which includes fines or up to three years jail time and applies to everyone, even those who use the term unintentionally—is actually less harsh than the five-year sentences originally recommended by advocates.

The topic is a sensitive one to the Polish government, as President Obama learned in 2012 when he used the term “Polish death camp” during a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony for Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski. Throughout the German occupation of Poland, Karski smuggled information about Nazi activities to the Polish government in exile and tried to sound the alarm on the Holocaust after witnessing the treatment of Polish Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto and what seems to have been a transit camp funneling Jews to the Bełżec extermination camp.

The diplomatic drama that resulted from Obama’s mistake culminated in letters from the Polish president asking for him to officially correct his statement. Obama wrote back: “I regret the error and agree that this moment is an opportunity to ensure that this and future generations know the truth.”

The Polish Embassy itself maintains an ongoing list of “interventions” against the term and even has a how-to guide for readers who want to help eliminate the term. The embassy’s public campaign resulted in updates to several journalistic style guides, from the AP, which instructs journalists not to “confuse the location and the perpetrators,” to the New York Times, whose style guide advises journalists to “take extra care” due to the sensitivity of the topic.

But what may initially seem like an attempt to report on history more accurately is complicated by the context around it. The new law comes in the wake of new government controls on the Polish media and the election of a right-wing, nativist party. As Marc Herman writes for The Columbia Journalism Review, the recent “media grab” has prompted high-profile journalists to resign, puts the Polish government in charge of hiring and firing, and has led to a more nationalist media climate in the country.

It’s been coming to this for a while: In 2012, Tablet Magazine’s Michael Moynihan noted an ongoing Polish media trend that favors heroic Polish narratives while overlooking the Nazi collaboration and anti-Semitism that occurred within Poland during the Nazi occupation. Polish nationalists, writes Moynihan, prefer a “black-and-white morality tale starring heroic Poles who acted righteously under Nazi domination” instead of a more nuanced portrayal of a horrific part of Poland’s past.

The legacy of Poland during the Holocaust is complex. Though the Nazis undeniably were behind the concentration camps that dotted occupied Poland, everyday Poles did participate in the horrors of World War II, participating in pogroms, denouncing and blackmailing Jews, and participating in some death camps. At the same time, Poland organized one of Europe’s biggest resistance movements, and many Poles who were not a part of the organized resistance helped and even saved their Jewish neighbors.

Is Poland trying to set the record straight or detract attention from its own uncomfortable legacy? Is it historically accurate or just whitewashing to favor narratives of Polish resistance to the Nazis over the rampant anti-Semitism that played out within occupied Poland during the war?

You be the judge. Just don’t say the words “Polish death camps” while you do it—you could be headed to jail.


Henry Sapiecha



I have a lot to say about my dear brother who I absolutely loved.When it is appropriate & timely I shall add my comments herein in his loving memory. He is now in fishing heaven

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Tony Sapiecha holds child.Yet to determine name of child and when/where pic taken.ABOVE.Henry-&Tony-sapiecha-at-tonys-ashgrove-home-brisbane image

Henry Sapiecha visits his brother Tony Sapiecha at Tony’s house on the front verandah at Ashgrove Brisbane Qld Australia..ABOVEhenry & tony sapiecha talk image

Tony Sapiecha visits his brother Henry Sapiecha at Gold Coast holiday home QLD.Australia.Aged in their twenties & both engaged in own businesses employing people.ABOVE.

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Shane Eyers sits with Tony Sapiecha at a family bar-b-que.Details yet to come.ABOVE.TONY DOMI + image

Tony & wife Domonique Sapiecha sit with family & friend ABOVE.Details yet to comeTONY SAPIECHA & DOMINIQUE AT KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTY 26-5-1985 photo

Tony & wife Dominique Sapiecha @ kids birthday party.ABOVE.Details yet to cometony-sapiecha-&-suzy-cuskelly-at christeneing-of-henry-sapiechas-child image

Tony Sapiecha with Suzzane Cuskelly at Henry Sapiecha baby’s christening ceremony. ABOVE..Details yet to comeMEMORIAL-PIC-TONY-Sapiecha image

The sweet smiling face of our dearest family member Anthony Michael Sapiecha.ABOVE.TONY S THE FISHERMAN MEMORIAL PIC

The fishing legend that was Anthony Michael Sapiecha.ABOVE.

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Affectionately called ‘Tony’

There is so much I am going to publish in this site about my brother Tony Sapiecha who was the most beautiful person in my world. God bless his kind & beautiful soul. I cried when I posted this post & cry every time I read it.

He kept his pain to himself. He did his crying in the rain. MISS YOU BROTHER.


Henry Sapiecha


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My 3 sisters with their mother Janina Sapiecha above.Left to right.Helina Sapiecha,Janina Sapiecha,Regina Sapiecha,Sabina Sapiecha, Above..


My 3 sisters above.Left to right.Sabina Sapiecha, Helina Sapiecha, Regina Sapiecha.

More details about the pics when it becomes available


Henry Sapiecha

Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom from the World’s Oldest Dad

This interesting post was obtained from the site for the benefit of readers & visitors to this site.

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This year for Father’s Day, we hosted Israel Kristal, the world’s oldest living man, who live-tweeted fatherly advice from the @MyHeritage Twitter account.

Israel, who will be 113 in September, currently holds the title of the world’s oldest man, making him also the world’s oldest father. We couldn’t have chosen a more experienced person to dispense sage wisdom.

Here are the top 10 pearls of wisdom he shared with us:

1.”Set aside special time for your kids weekly, with no distractions. You won’t regret it! When I was younger, I would work very long days at my confectionary business. I always made sure to keep the weekends free for my children.”

2. “No matter how rich you are, going to work every day teaches your children a strong work ethic. If you go every day to a job that you love, then you’ll find happiness, even if it’s hard.”

3. “Be a role model for your children by showing respect to others and your surroundings. Teach them to do everything in the best way possible, and to give it their all.”

4. “Understand that no matter what example you lead for them, your children will make their own decisions in life. Let them take responsibility for their own decisions and actions. It’s part of growing up.”

5. “You don’t have to be loud to be heard by your children. There is power in silence. When children have understood what they’ve done wrong, that’s usually halfway towards the solution.”

6. “Let your kids make mistakes. Warn them about the difficulties, but let them learn for themselves. Don’t scare them too much about what could be. Instill confidence in them.”

7. “Share your favorite things with your kids. I love fishing and I hope that I’ve passed that on to my children.”

8. “The most important things I taught my children were to be stand-up human beings, to be sensitive to others, and to never lose hope.”

9. “Teach your children about their family, so they’ll appreciate where they’re from. When the children were young, my wife would tell them bedtime stories about different family members.”

10. “Regrets? I don’t have any regrets in life. Maybe just not spending even more time with my family. Take advantage of every moment!”

What’s your favorite piece of fatherly advice?

Janina & Antoni Sapiecha with people & family in Australia

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Janina Sapiecha [Donna-lee’s grandmother] does an impromptu song at Donna-lee-Sapiecha [Eyers] wedding.

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Antoni & Janina Sapiecha with son [Me] Henry Sapiecha at Donna-lee Sapiecha [Eyers] My eldest daughter, marriage day in Toowoomba Qld Australia in the garden setting of Donna-lee’s mother Karen Francin Margaret Cuskelly Sapiecha

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Antoni & Janina Sapiecha centre stage in a family gathering in Ashgrove Brisbane QLD Australia. From left to right. My brother Anthony Michael Sapiecha- Mr Brooker the then husband of my sister Sabina Sapiecha-Ross owers husband of my sister Helina Sapiecha is behind my mother. My father Antoni Sapiecha next to my mother in red.My son Arron Bradley Sapiecha-Then me Henry Sapiecha [ The Kenny Rogers look-a-like] with the blue shirt & trimmed beard. My cousin Marek Tulyeko-Jan son of my mothers sister from Poland.

Then we have the gorgeous young boys from left to right as yet to be identified.

The event will be disclosed as I get the info…


Another Sapiecha family gathering in Ashgrove Brisbane QLD Australia.

From Left to right rear>

Mr Brooker husband of Sabina Sapiecha – Helina Sapiecha sibling of Henry Sapiecha & daughter of Janina & Antoni & Janina Sapiecha in this pic.-Ross Owers husband of my sister Helina Sapiecha- Karen Francis Margaret Sapiecha wife of Henry Sapiecha- & mother of Donna-lee- Shara-lee & Aaron Bradley children of Henry Sapiecha

Front row left to right.>

Sabina Sapiecha [Brooker]-Janina Sapiecha- Antoni Sapiecha Parents of Sabina, Helina, Regina, Henry & Anthony.Sapiecha.

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Happy times with my brother & parents in a pic at Ashgrove Wardell St Brisbane Qld Australia.

Left to right> Anthony Michael Sapiecha-Janina Sapiecha-Antoni Sapiecha-Henry Sapiecha- {Long haired Henry ]The two sons Anthony & Henry of parents Janina & Antoni shown in this image

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Henry Sapiecha


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Henry Sapiecha the baby at a Christening event held by Antoni & Janina Sapiecha parents of Henry Sapiecha the baby.I will Id the other people in the group pic as I get the info.etc

Mother Janina Sapiecha is holding Henry Sapiecha in centre stage with dad Antoni Sapiecha standing behind Janina & Henry [Henyeck]



Sapiecha & Chihinski Family picture pose-Me on the RHS above next to my Father Antoni Sapiecha.In order

From left to right top row.

Regina Sapiecha-Mrs Chihinski-Mr Chihinski-Janina Sapiecha-Antoni Sapiecha-Henry Sapiecha

Bottom row left to right>

Anthony Michael Sapiecha- Son of Mr & Mrs Chihinski-Daughter of Mr & Mrs Chihinski-Sabina Sapiecha-Helina Sapiecha


Names of the Australian Sapiecha family in B&W pic image LEFT TO RIGHT.

Henry Sapiecha-Antoni Sapiecha-Anthony Michael Sapiecha-Janina Sapiecha-Helina Sapiecha- Sabina Sapiecha-Regina Sapiecha


Since Henry Sapiecha [Yours truly] took the pic I am not in it.

From Left to Right we have>

Regina Sapiecha-Janina Sapiecha-Sabina Sapiecha-Helina Sapiecha-Antoni Sapiecha-Anthony Michael Sapiecha

Lots more to come-Watch this space.

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Henry Sapiecha