In the most challenging year since the Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay began over a decade ago, we are delighted to report that this year’s event on 19 June was a resounding success, as the entire world joined together to pray for the sanctification of our priests. Every priest worldwide was prayed for on that day, a great blessing for all. It was a year when technology came to the fore as live streaming of the rosary being prayed from hundreds of churches increased strongly, allowing people to join in from their homes in large numbers or to pray outside at many beautiful grottos dedicated to Our Lady all over the world. Please view and enjoy many videos from this event https://www.worldpriest.com/video/
The Global Rosary Relay started in Siberia at the shrine of Our Lady of Magadan. Then on to China, followed by India, with much gratitude to His Eminence Cardinal Gracias of Bombay, moving to Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines then sending spiritually to Malta which was so professionally planned by Joe Farrugia our Worldpriest Representative for Malta, with a number of outstanding rosary prayer participations, and then on to Uganda Africa, and back to the Turkish capital of Ankara – a first such event for Turkey.
There were a number of other firsts in terms of participation, including prayers from Bangladesh. For Iceland it was their third time to participate from Reykjavik. St Paul’s Cathedral in Tirana, Albania also participated for the first time, as did the Malaysia Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu Sabah, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral while Slovakia at the Shrine of Our Lady of Levoka had a strong national prayer presence. And the usual strong contribution by Pakistan saw that country greatly exceed its prayer level from last year, largely thanks to the great efforts yet again of Naveed Anjum our Worldpriest Representative for Pakistan and his team. https://www.worldpriest.com/participating-prayer-location-list/
Rosary Relay from Malaysia
There were many highlights to remember from the Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay 2020 – in fact more than we can possibly mention here. For a start there was a special Apostolic Blessing received from Pope Francis which set the prayer tone for many blessings to come. Local and national television and radio broadcasts, along with intensive social media activity kept the momentum going in many locations around the world, while a Vatican Radio interview with Marion Mulhall, Worldpriest Global Apostolate founder, broke the news of the virtual rosary for Pope Francis on Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay Day.
There was also a joint initiative between Worldpriest and Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages, in the promotion of a special virtual rosary for the intentions of Pope Francis, which was a great success as many people from around the world prayed for Pope Francis, further promoting and emphasising the enormous growth of the Global Rosary Relay, even amid the Covid-19 pandemic, through the use of Zoom.
Every state in Canada participated at over 300 single prayer locations, with much gratitude to Isabel Gillis our Worldpriest Representative for Canada, while Japan also made a strong presence with sixteen single prayer locations. A big thank you to Fr Harry O’Carroll SSC. The African success story was cleverly planned and promoted by Fr John Baptist CSC, and his team which resulted in over 1,000 single participating prayer locations alone within the Diocese of Fort Portal in Uganda.
Diocese of Fort Portal, Uganda, Africa
As usual there was an enthusiastic level of participation from the United States, with almost every single state participating. We were so blessed to have Bishop Edmund Whalen of the Archdiocese of New York lead the Worldpriest Rosary Relay from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral New York. The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, founded by our great friend the late Father Benedict Groeschel CFR, participated from several parts of the USA and beyond. The final prayer location of the Global Rosary Relay for 2020 was Thomas Aquinas College, in Santa Paula, California, which marked the occasion with a special mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Barron. The bishop also streamed the celebration through his Word on Fire network which was live – streamed by Thomas Aquinas College throughout the USA while their chaplain, Rev. Paul Raftery, O.P. led the final Rosary prayer of the day, spiritually linking in with their partner, Thomas Aquinas College Northfield, Massachusetts.
So 2020 was a year to remember and the new horizons that were reached – largely as a result of people having the global opportunity to pray as one family amid a pandemic – all of which bodes very well for the future.
On the 29th of October we begin a special worldwide virtual rosary which will take place thereafter on the last Thursday of each month. The first rosary, on October 29, will be led by Bishop Fintan Monaghan, Bishop of Killaloe, Ireland. The Rosary will be prayed via Zoom in collaboration with our partners, Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages, along with team members and friends of Worldpriest with every Thursday being Rosary Thursday. The day we pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary as gifted to the world by Saint John Paul 11. https://www.worldpriest.com/rosary-thursday/
Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay Day for 2021 will be 11 June, which is also the great feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Virtual Rosary for Pope Francis
Dear prayer partners,
Thank you for participating in our recent Virtual Rosary for Pope Francis on 19 June 2020 – Global Rosary Relay Day. We hope you found fulfilment and joy at this special time of prayer with the Worldpriest Global Apostolate team and Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages as much as we were committed to sharing our time of prayer with you.
It was a very special time of prayer, as many people around the world joined with the Worldpriest Global Apostolate team and Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages on that unique occasion. We hope you felt uplifted by the discussion which took place after the Rosary itself. It was a special time for all of us on the team to be able to listen to the many people who participated.
This prayer for Pope Francis was so successful we intend to continue with this practice annually. The scheduled date for 2021 is Friday 11 June 6 p.m., local Rome time.
We would be very pleased to receive your review and feedback so we may expand and enhance this time of prayer to an even greater audience next year.
Should your country not be listed on https://www.worldpriest.com/participating-prayer-location-list/ and you wish to be a participating prayer location in the Annual Global Rosary Relay for The Sanctification of Priests, please email us and we will begin our conversation and guide you how to join in prayer. Info.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find our prayer time on video for your reflection at
Many of our prayer participants had asked to receive a copy of the profound reflections on the sorrowful mysteries written by Father James Phalan CSC which we prayed on the day, so please also find same attached.
We are profoundly grateful to His Holiness, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for his support to the WorldPriest Global Apostolate over the years, especially for providing us with our official Prayer for Priests . On the occasion of the death of his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger on July 1st 2020 we offer him our prayerful condolences. Requiescat in pace.
Please pray for the Worldpriest Global Apostolate as we continue to hold your intentions in prayer.
Founder – Worldpriest Global Apostolate
At 6 p.m. on 19 June, as part of the Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay Day for the Sanctification of Priests 2020, a wonderful joint initiative will take place between Worldpriest Global Apostolate and Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages, which has been bringing pilgrims on spiritual journeys to the universal church since 2008. Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages developed from Inside the Vatican Magazine, founded in 1993. Currently, Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages is hosting virtual pilgrimages to holy places, introducing the faithful to the ‘living stones’ around the world.
This initiative will take the form of a virtual Rosary at 6 p.m. local Rome time, for the intentions of Pope Francis. Everyone around the world – regardless of their location – will be very welcome to join in this important prayer gift to His Holiness at the appointed time. However, all participants will need to register by simply clicking on the link provided below.
This virtual Rosary for Pope Francis’s intentions will make use of Zoom technology. It will open at 17.40 hours, when a video promotion of the Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests 2020 will be shown and will be followed by a slide show selection of photographs from various Global Rosary Relay prayer locations from around the world, before the prayers begin at 18.00 hours, concluding at 18.30 hours.
This special Rosary will include a welcome and introduction by Father James Phalan CSC, along with individual meditations, which have been specially written for the occasion by Father Phalan, who is National Director of Family Rosary in the United States – a part of Holy Cross Family Ministries, which is an important partner of Worldpriest Global Apostolate.
Father Phalan will open this special Rosary prayer event, stating where in the world the Global Rosary Relay will travel after the thirty-minute slot in Rome. He will also announce the allocated mysteries of the Rosary to be prayed for the Pope’s intentions and will provide a special prayerful reflection on each decade, which will be prayed in turn by each member of the Worldpriest team.
The following people will pray the Sorrowful Mysteries in the following order, with guided meditations for each decade by Father James Phalan CSC:
• First Sorrowful Mystery – The Agony in the Garden – Marion Mulhall Worldpriest Founder
• Second Sorrowful Mystery – The Scourging at the Pillar – Niall M. Kennedy Worldpriest Chairman
• Third Sorrowful Mystery – The Crowning of Thorns – Dermot Mannion – Worldpriesrt Global Rosary Relay International Associate
• Fourth Sorrowful Mystery – The Carrying of the Cross – Anne Brady – Worldpriest Director
• Fifth Sorrowful Mystery – The Crucifixion – Colm Flynn – Worldpriest Director
(A recording of the Virtual Rosary will be available on YouTube later)
To register, just click on the link provided here. You can register now or just before the time of prayer on 19 June.
If you have any questions
It is with gratitude and great joy that we announce that His Holiness Pope Francis has imparted his Apostolic Blessing to all participants in the Wordpriest Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests, which takes place this year on 19 June. We encourage all prayer locations to help spread this great news. Reproduced below is the letter received from the Cardinal Secretary of State, making this announcement.
Worldpriest has designated prayer locations dotted all over the world where people can join the Worldpriest Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests 2020. Details about these managed locations are provided on worldpriest.com. But you can also join in the relay anywhere outside these locations – praying wherever you are located on 19 June this year.
Where possible please live stream the Global Rosary Relay. In this way many prayer locations will be able to join in what will be a virtual Global Rosary Relay for 2020.
By using widely available technology, all prayer locations can easily promote to and invite a far greater prayer audience, with thousands of people joining the Rosary Relay simultaneously from wherever they are located. But please be mindful of your local time to pray, as this day of prayer is an actual real-time rosary relay involving the whole world. So lockdown or no lockdown, this will be the biggest and best year ever as the world is open for prayer like never before.
If you do not have access to live streaming facilities please pray in small numbers at your local church prayer location at the designated time of prayer. The most important action is to pray, pray and pray on this great occasion.
Please follow the instructions of your local health authority on social distancing and other related COVID 19 matters wherever you may be located. In the meantime, we extend our prayerful best wishes to all of our beloved priests and parishioners for your safety and good health at this time.
Some important things to remember
1) Should it not be possible due to Covid 19 restrictions to have a choir singing, please engage a local musician to complement your time of prayer .
2) Place flowers on the altar and candles to represent the priests being prayed for at your local prayer location. Be as creative and resourceful as you deem appropriate!
3) You may join in from wherever you may be located worldwide, whether you are living alone, with your family or at your place of work. Simply join in prayer with many of the live streaming presentations, such as the live television broadcasts by Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) – our media partners – or through radio, Facebook Live and YouTube, all broadcast from many prayer locations worldwide.
4) Everyone who prays the Rosary on this day is automatically a participant in this great event of a world at prayer. Nobody is excluded, because we pray as one family from every corner of the world. Please ‘pray the Rosary, unite with your country and help encircle the world in prayer’ for priests on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This promotional video for the Global Rosary Relay for The Sanctification of Priests 11th anniversary celebrations plays for one minute it is very powerful and engaging. Please use and share as you wish.
Are you in a position to share your day of prayer?
1) Can you organise a global, national or local television or radio broadcast? If yes, we would require the television or radio station link for placement on our broadcast schedule.
2) For a webcam presentation we would also require your website link to place on our broadcast schedule.
3) For YouTube or Facebook live broadcast presentations again we would require a link to place on our global broadcast schedule.
4) Photographs of your time of prayer would also be much appreciated.
5) A short write-up if possible about how your prayer location participated would be greatly welcomed and would allow Worldpriest to produce a full overview news feature in thanksgiving for the great day of prayer as we then prepare for 11 June 2021 – the next Global Rosary Relay day.
6) After 19 June we will place all of the above on our media hub, so please do not forget to send to email: email@example.com A special novena to prepare for the Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay
You can join in a beautiful new novena specially written by our Worldpriest Chaplain, Father Bernard McGuckian SJ, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in preparation for Global Rosary Relay day. www.worldpriest.com/novena-2020
If you have any questions or need any further assistance in any way please contact us and we will reply as soon as possible. firstname.lastname@example.org
A special novena to prepare for the Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay
You can join prayerfully in a beautiful new novena specially written by our Worldpriest Chaplain, Father Bernard McGuckian SJ, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in preparation for Global Rosary Relay day. www.worldpriest.com/novena-2020
If you have any questions or need any further assistance in any way please contact us and we will reply as soon as possible. email@example.com
Now is the time to start putting preparations into place as a participating prayer location with the Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests on 19 June 2020.
Worldpriest prays in solidarity with all people suffering from the Coronavirus and other ailments at this time, especially any people who are participating in the Global Rosary Relay this year. Fear not, we’re going ahead at top speed planning for this spectacular day of prayer. All we have is prayer now to comfort us and we ask all to pray the Rosary daily in preparation for 19 June. Please consider, if needs be, arranging a live stream from your location as we utilise the gift of taking a virtual prayer to the world. This allows your country to reach out to all peoples at home and abroad. We pray especially for all priests and those on the front line services of care for others at this time.
We thank all participating prayer locations around the world who have been wonderful prayer partners on this great day of a world at prayer for the past eleven years.
The original inspiration for the relay eleven years ago was ‘20 countries 20 mysteries’. That great gift of grace was the spiritual flame that lit the fire for the first ever Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests, which has grown at a miraculous pace over the past decade – all thanks to Our Lady – and in 2019 there were over 285 single prayer locations participating. To date this number has risen to well over 300 prayer locations from every corner of the earth and is growing by the day as new prayer locations ask enthusiastically to be a participant for 19 June 2020. There are now prayer locations on every continent – and all will unite as one family in prayer on this special day. What a gift to offer Our Lady for her beloved priests!
On Global Rosary Relay Day you are asked to please consider praying in union with your local time. You may check location details at https://www.worldpriest.com/participating-prayer-location-list/ You may join in from wherever you may be located worldwide, whether you are living alone, with your family or at your place of work. Simply join in prayer with many of the live streaming presentations such as the live television broadcasts with EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) our media partners, also through radio, Facebook Live and YouTube broadcast from many prayer locations worldwide.
Anyone who prays the Rosary on this day is automatically a participant in this great event of a world at prayer. Nobody is excluded, because we pray as one family from every corner of the world. Please “pray the Rosary unite with your country and help encircle the world in prayer”. View full list and world map for all location details by clicking. https://www.worldpriest.com/participating-prayer-location-list/
This promotional poster for 19 June 2020 is also available online in a number of other languages. Please visit our website and choose your local language version at: www.worldpriest.com/promotional-material/
Follow us on our social media, including Facebook and Twitter for new developments surrounding the Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay over the next few months. You will also receive up-to- the-minute good news updates about new developments of the Annual Global Rosary Relay from around the world. You can also follow the Papal Audience at the Worldpriest Global Apostolate Facebook Live every Wednesday, and please pray the Luminous Mysteries of the rosary on Thursdays as every Thursday is Rosary Thursday. All of this is a spiritual prayer build-up to prepare for the Annual Global Rosary Relay day this coming June.
If you have any questions or wish to add additional prayer locations from your country please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org The Worldpriest team is on standby to assist you in every way possible as the world prays in thanksgiving for the great gift of every priest as we say ‘Thank you Father for being our priest. We truly appreciate all your work as a priest in creating support for our local community and in bringing us the sacraments’.
Please pray for all at Worldpriest. We need your prayers at this time as we expect hundreds of new prayer locations to join us – all working together to make 2020 exceed all expectations.
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As a Christian community we believe that you work in all things for our good, and that you make use even of what is bad to open our hearts to you. So we turn to you at this critical time when humankind is being assaulted by the coronavirus, and ask you to bless all those we love and care for.
We pray especially at this time for your beloved priests. Some of them have already died from the virus: they are martyrs of charity. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13). Receive them into your glory and keep safe all others who are in the front line of the pandemic while caring pastorally for your people.
We commend our priests to the tender care of Mary your Mother, and we make this prayer in confidence through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Brian Grogan SJ
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
We wish a Happy Christmas to all bishops, priests, friends, benefactors, Worldpriest representatives, volunteers and the Worldpriest global apostolate team.
2020 – Date for your calendar The Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests 19 June. Be There!
Worldpriest recently received an account of the highly impressive participation in the Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests, held all around the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The account was sent to us by the Worldpriest representative for Pakistan, Naveed Anjum and Rev Fr Nazar Nawab, Parish Priest of St. Paul’s Parish of Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi. It was a truly astonishing contribution from a country where Christianity is very much a minority religion in that huge, predominantly Islamic state.
No less than forty-seven prayer locations joined in prayer – twenty-four from the Archdiocese of Karachi, one from the Archdiocese of Lahore, five from the Diocese of Faisalabad, six from the Diocese of Hyderabad and eleven from the Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi. There was also a significant, planned participation from the Way of the Sacred Heart, a lay organisation, led by Mr Christopher Zahid.
This year Catholic Christians in metropolitan, cantonment, urban and desert areas of Pakistan participated in this unique worldwide prayer meeting with the help of our local parish priests and social media. Good News Web TV, Catholic TV and many more Facebook live broadcasting arrangements were made on that day. The Urdu newspaper Agahi News of the archdiocese of Karachi also published a comprehensive report of this unique prayer event.
The National Novena of Our Lady of Good Help at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA, is taking place on 1–9 October. This year marks the beginning of the celebrations of the 160th anniversary of Mother Mary appearing to Adele Brise at Champion.
Marion Mulhall founder of the Worldpriest Global Apostolate – which includes the inspired Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests – will be a guest speaker at 12 noon on the Sunday, during a lunch at the Knights of Columbus – Vince Lombardi Council Family Day at Champion Shrine, during the National Novena of Our Lady of Good Help at America’s only Church-approved Marian apparition site. Marion will also lead the group rosary on site at the major events. https://www.shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com