Congregation of Holy Cross announces Global Rosary for World Peace Event

Published 3:50 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2024

In response to Pope Francis call to pray for world peace
religious and lay people will gather to pray on five continents.

ROME, Italy – The Congregation of Holy Cross, an apostolic religious congregation, announces a Global Rosary for World Peace to be held Friday, Feb. 16. This digital prayer event will begin live from Rome and, with the assistance of Holy Cross Family Ministries, will include the participation of Holy Cross ministry centers around the world.

On Jan 1, this Feast of Mary, Mother of God, which is also World Day of Peace, the Superior General, Br. Paul Bednarczky, C.S.C., invited all Holy Cross ministry centers on five continents in 18 countries to gather and pray for world peace on the First Friday in Lent, February 16. The event will kick off from Rome at 4 p.m. local Rome time (UTC+1), with a personal message and prayer from Br. Bednarczyk.

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After having already invited the Congregation of Holy Cross to join in prayer and fasting with Pope Francis when he declared a Day of Prayer for Peace on October 27, 2021, Br. Bednarczyk was moved to do more.

“The horrific violence and tragic loss of life we have witnessed with the war in Ukraine, and now the recent war in Israel and Gaza, is staggering and shocking,” said Br. Bednarczyk. “Such violent conflicts, however, are also taking place in other parts of the world as well. None of us are left unaffected, unmoved by these horrendous events. We seek to respond from our faith.”

Br. Bednarzcyk has invited Holy Cross religious and all those with whom they serve and pray to unite in praying the Rosary of the Seven Dolors, which is a devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows, the Congregation’s patroness.

“As Mary stood by the Cross of Jesus, our Constitutions remind us that Mary has much to teach us about the cross as well as its daily hope,” said Br. Bednarzcyk. “Through her intercession, as we reflect on the sorrows of our world today, we hope that Mary will be Our Lady of Hope, helping us to be peacemakers, men and women with hope to bring in our world today, so that there may be an end to all violence and war.”

After the opening prayer from Rome, meditations and prayers on the traditional Seven Dolors or Sorrows of Mary will be led by the Holy Cross ministry centers in 18 countries on five different continents, thus seeking to truly unite the world in prayer for peace.

The phrase, “A world at prayer is a world at peace” was coined by Holy Cross priest and sainthood candidate, Venerable Patrick Peyton, the founder of the ministries of Holy Cross Family Ministries. Peyton is also well known for his message, “The family that prays together stays together.” The ministry founded by Peyton is supporting the Congregation for this digital prayer event.
“Our founder, Patrick Peyton, believed in the power of prayer. He believed prayer began in the home and the power of that prayer overflowed to the surrounding community,” said Father Fred Jenga, C.S.C., president of Holy Cross Family Ministries.
“We hope individuals and families around the world will join us to bring hope to the world and demonstrate by our example the power of prayer.”
More information regarding the times and places of this live online event will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Visit: www.HCFM.org/PrayForPeace