Divine Mercy Ministries was officially founded by Karla Salp in October 2006 in Central Washington State. After returning from college to her home parish and county in 2004, she missed the spiritually enriching activities that she had enjoyed at college, and began to create Catholic materials with other women to be used in her local parishes.
It began with getting women together in the fall of 2004 to put on a women's retreat for the parishioners of
Moses Lake, Ephrata, and Quincy, Washington. Several women worked together to put
on a retreat about finding joy in our everyday lives in May of 2005.
Another women's retreat was offered in May of 2006 on the Beatitudes.
Divine Mercy Ministries has held a women's retreat in Central Washington every year since then!
In 2006, out of devotion to the Divine Mercy, Karla created the website www.divinemercyministries.org in order to make retreats available to anyone who would like to use them and to distribute other free Catholic resources, including information on the Divine Mercy. Additionally, information was added about making all-twine knotted rosaries and an online order form for all-twine knotted rosaries was added to distribute rosaries free of charge, as always.
In October and December of 2006, Karla had the opportunity to record several songs
that she had written on a CD. Once recorded, these songs were added
online for people to listen to, and an order form was put online to
allow people to order a free CD.
Divine Mercy Ministries has continued to grow and change over the years, following often unexpected paths that God provides. Some things include putting up or assisting with billboards in both Washington and Ohio, creating podcasts, and delving into social media.