Reminder to Priests & Deacons

per the Office of the Bishop of Springfield, MA

The following pertains to all bishops, priests & deacons OUTSIDE the Diocese of Springfield, MA:

To concelebrate Mass/serve on the altar/hear Confessions at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, a standard Letter of Good Standing must be FAXED 30 days before your visit to our Pilgrimage Office at 413-298-3910. We require a Letter of Good Standing from the clergy’s local Chancery on official letterhead with the date you plan to visit. For deacons, a Letter of Good Standing from his local diaconate office is required with the date of the visit.

Per our bishop, we cannot accept:

  • A general UNDATED Letter of Good Standing. Computer generated “general” form Letters from larger dioceses or archdiocese are NOT acceptable. When you make your request please inform the person sending the Letter, we require a Letter with the DATE you are coming.
  • Celebret cards

Please note: It is the responsibility of the individual priest/deacon and the bus pilgrimage coordinator to contact the local chancery and make certain the National Shrine has received this paperwork to avoid any problems on the day you are scheduled to come. Please email the Pilgrimage Office at or call 413.298.1119 to verify the information was received.

Thank you for your cooperation with this paperwork so we can avoid unnecessary delays or inconvenience when you come!