Rosary prayer

Read: The Rise and Rise of the Diocesan Rosary Congress

Meet Rose Sierawski and Maureen Andrzejewski. In 2018, these two remarkable women felt moved by prayer to establish a Rosary Congress – seven days and nights of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Hourly Rosary – throughout the Diocese of Lansing. In the first year, eight parishes participated. Last year, this number had increased to 20 parishes. This year, Rose and Maureen are praying to double that number. Hail Mary!

“I had asked the Lord, ‘How can I better serve you?’ Rose recalls, “And then the Lord said, ‘This [a Rosary Congress] this is how you can serve me!’ And I thought ‘okay’ and immediately got this lovely lady, Maureen, involved and said ‘we’re going to do this’!” Rose and Maureen are both parishioners at Saint Michael at Grand Ledge.

This year, the Diocese of Lansing Rosary Convention will be held October 9-15. In the preceding days, parish volunteers who help facilitate the convention will gather at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Lansing for Mass offered by Bishop Earl Boyea, after which they will also receive his Episcopal blessing. The theme of this year’s Congress is “Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, lead us to Him!”

“We must bring people back to the adoration of Our Lord in the sacrament of the Eucharist. The Body and Blood of Christ should be revered, respected and glorified,” Rose says. “Every year we know more and more that this is something that needs to be done.

The Rosary Congress began in Poland in 1979, when the Polish people prayed through Mary’s intercession for the coming of Pope Saint John Paul II to their beloved homeland. The first National Rosary Congress in the United States was held in Washington, DC, in 1988 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

*For more information on the Diocese of Lansing Rosary Convention, contact Maureen Andrzejewski at [email protected]