Diocese Hosts First Rosary Congress

August 26, 2019

The Diocese of St. Augustine will host its first Rosary Congress that will occur in nine different parishes over eight days, Sept. 27 through Oct. 4.

A Dominican sister prays the rosary Sept. 18, 2018, in a campus chapel at The Catholic University of America in Washington. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

The event, which is meant to prepare the diocese for the Florida Respect Life Conference in October, will include Masses for Life, continuous adoration and praying the rosary every hour.

“Mass intentions will be offered each day for one of the following; life, families, special needs, the sick and suffering, our church, our priests and vocations, our country, youth and young adults, and  those suffering following an abortion,” said May Oliver, director of the Human Life and Diginity office for the Diocese of St. Augustine.

A hand-painted banner of Our Lady Mother of the Eucharist will be blessed by Bishop Felipe Estévez and processed around the diocese as well. The banner will include an envelope where parishioners can place their hand-written intentions.

“This Rosary Congress is meant to convert our hearts to be like our Mother’s, to pray that a “culture of life” is honored, and for the success of the Florida Respect Life Conference,” said Oliver.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Sept. 27, at 8 a.m., Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios, St. Augustine

Sept. 28, at 8 a.m., Assumption Catholic Church, Jacksonville

Sept. 29, at 2:30 p.m., St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center, Gainesville

Sept. 30, at 9 a.m., Corpus Christi Catholic Church, St. Augustine

Sept. 30, at 8 a.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, Jacksonville

Oct. 1, at 9 a.m., St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, Orange Park

Oct. 2, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church, Jacksonville

Oct. 3, at 8 a.m., Christ the King Catholic Church, Jacksonville

Oct. , at 8:30 a.m., Santa Fe Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, High Springs

Twenty-four hours of continuous adoration begins at the conclusion of each Mass, with rosaries prayed every hour. For details or to sign up for an adoration hour, contact May Oliver at (904) 262-3200, ext. 159 or email moliver@dosafl.com.

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