FR. JOHN CAROLL
“In the rosary relay we anticipate two immediate blessings; the joy of joining with fellow Catholics in prayerful solidarity across the globe and the grace that will surely flow from gathering locally as people and priests in Our Lady’s Island an ancient and revered Marian Shrine here in the diocese of Ferns.”
FR. DENIS JOSEPH
“Rosary is a powerful instrument of prayer. Rosary is the only thing that keeps the priesthood going. I firmly believe that Mother Mary is the one who powerfully intercedes for priests. In times of trouble the rosary is what has helped me.
I express my gratitude to my mum who prays the rosary daily for me. Without the rosary the priesthood won’t exist, therefore I keep encouraging all the people I meet, to pray the rosary, especially for our priests.”
FR. KISHORE KOTTANA
“My grand father prayed three rosaries a day and he desired that there be a priest in his family. As my aunt reminds me, my grandparents’ prayer has come to fruition in my ordination as a priest. Not only is there a priest , there also are three religious sisters in the family, thanks to my devout grandparents.. ( My Aunt and two cousins are sisters consecrated to God in three different religious communities.)
Rosaries people prayed for me has sustained me in my vocation as a priest. I pray a rosary everyday; it brings peace to my soul and calms my anxieties. I pray for the sick during my rosary besides the other intentions.I ask people to pray the rosary and to pray for me too. In praying the rosary we benefit from the maternal love of our Blessed Mother. Her power of intercession before her son, Jesus, is great as was seen at the miracle our Lord performed at Cana at Mary’s asking.”
FR. GAURAV SHROFF
“I am praying for you” every time I saw this lady – the mother of my parish priest – she said this. I knew she meant it. She prayed the Holy Rosary daily. My road to the priesthood was long and convoluted. I heard the call from the Lord when I was age 19, this was even before I was baptized into the faith. For many years in the US, I ran away from the Lord’s voice.
When I did pay attention, it was a slow journey of discerning just where He was calling me. Father’s mother’s little affirmation remained in the back of my mind, and nestled in a corner of my heart that no trial or discouragement could cast out, “I am praying for your vocation every day.” I was ordained in June 2013. I have no doubt, her daily Rosary had a role in meriting this grace. Our Blessed Mother wishes so much to help us receive Christ, and to form Christ in us. This is her spiritual motherhood. Let her help you. Pray the Holy Rosary everyday.”