The thirteenth Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests began in Dublin as a modest event thirteen years ago. It was the inspired concept of Worldpriest founder, Irishwoman, Marion Mulhall.
‘Our Lady has hugely blessed us’, says Marion. ‘It was her inspiration – her Rosary. It is her priests that we are praying for in this Rosary relay for priests. And it’s unifying the whole world. It really is a very beautiful way for the laity to offer this spiritual bouquet of thanksgiving for our priests on Global Rosary Relay day, 24 June 2022’.
Commenting on this year’s global event, the Worldpriest Episcopal Adviser, Bishop Fintan Monahan, wished the relay ‘continued success and blessings as it grows from strength to strength every year’.
Father Willie Purcell, the National Diocesan Vocations Coordinator, said ‘The Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of priests unites the world in praying for priests. We are reminded of the words in Saint Matthew’s Gospel:‘For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.’ (Matt. 18:19–20.) This year as we join in the Rosary Relay let us be united in raising our minds and hearts to God in prayer for priests throughout the world and those who are contemplating a vocation to the priesthood.’
In Ireland there will be sixteen prayer centre locations around the island. Participants may also join this global event via online streaming, Facebook live and on YouTube.
Knock International Eucharistic Marian Shrine will be an important prayer location in Ireland, along with Attymass, also in County Mayo, the home place of the world’s famous Rosary priest, Venerable Patrick Peyton, who never tired of saying ‘the family that prays together stays together’.
This year the relay will start at dawn at the shrine of Our Lady of Magadan in Russia, as people pray for peace in the world. Many new prayer locations have been added to the vast number already in existence.
A special feature this year will be at 5.00pm (Irish) time, when the Global Rosary Relay will be prayed for the intentions of the Holy Father Pope Francis who is hosting the 10th World Meeting of Families this week in Rome.