Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Circle of Light?

Circle of Light is a prayerful opportunity to light a continuously burning candle for your special intentions on the grounds of The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. When you light a candle through Circle of Light, we commit to offering a real burning candle and prayers each week for your intentions. Your monthly gift makes it possible for the Marian Fathers to fulfill their mission – spreading the Light of Christ all over the globe.

Did Circle of Light change?

Circle of Light has been simplified but remains a powerful prayer opportunity representing your ongoing trust in God through a continuous burning candle.

Why Monthly gifts?

Monthly gifts are a convenient and easy way to support the work of the Marians on a regular basis and to have your intentions prayed for regularly. Your automatic monthly donation is appreciated and is processed securely through your credit card, debit card or bank account. You can cancel or adjust these

What happened to the Member Pages?

We have incorporated our Circle of Light pages into our portal. If you have not created an account, you may do so at any time. Your Circle of Light candle(s) will appear under the "Clubs" tab.

Can I change my candle intentions?

Yes. Candle intentions are prayed for each week and can be changed as often as you like. You can change your intentions by logging in to your account at, or by calling 800-462-7426. The deadline for changing intentions for any week is Friday at 5:00 pm EST of the prior week.

Does my Circle of Light candle burn continuously?

A candle is lit each week of the year (52 candles) for your special intentions. Each candle we light burns for approximately 7 days. Once a week candles are replaced, lit, and the intentions are prayed for again.

Are the candles real wax?

All of the candles we use are made from liturgical grade wax.

Can I have another candle lit?

Yes, you can have more than one candle lit each week for your specific intention(s). You can also have individual votive candles (separate from these continuously burning candles) lit at any time by visiting or by calling 800-462-7426.

Can I pay by check?

Yes, you have the option of paying the total yearly amount of $420 in one payment by check (or credit card).

Can I make a monthly payment by check?

At this time we now ask that all Circle of Light payments be through automatic monthly donation or yearly single payment. Thank you.