Greetings, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary! Last year, in October of 2021, I established the first annual “Preach My Psalter” October Rosary Initiative for the Deceased Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Martin de Porres. In doing so, I formed this Rosary initiative as a prayer ministry, a ministry of mercy, for the spiritual good of these deceased Dominican friars. For this reason, after announcing this initiative last October, I hoped people would be inspired by God to join me in this ministry of mercy by becoming Rosary intercessors for them. Indeed, I hoped they be moved by God to intercede mercifully for them to Jesus through Mary by praying the Rosary for them, particularly for their purification in the afterlife.
Providentially, in 2021, 140 people, acting under the inspiration of God, joined me in this first year of the October Rosary initiative by praying the Rosary for the 124 friars who had died as members of the Saint Martin Province. During the first year of this initiative, each person signed up to pray for at least one of these deceased Dominican friars. In fact, many of them signed up to pray for multiple friars who had died. In this ministry of mercy, they used the Rosary to prayerfully help Dominican friars who may have died imperfectly in the grace of Christ. In this sense, during this first year of the initiative, they mercifully offered prayers for them to Jesus through Mary, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, hoping they would be perfectly purified for Heaven by the grace of Christ.
Moreover, in 2022, the Province of Saint Martin de Porres lost four Dominican friars, including Friars Don Dvorak, Bob Burns, William “Chief” McDonough, and Roger Shondel. As a result, as of October of 2022, 128 Dominican friars have died as members of the Province. Thankfully, eight lay people have already signed up for the second annual October Rosary initiative for deceased friars. In doing so, they have raised the number of Rosary intercessors in the registry to 148.
As I begin announcing this October Rosary initiative for deceased friars in this second year, would you consider signing up as Rosary intercessors for them? If so, please message me, by email, if you intend to sign up either for one year, three years, or perpetually. This is my email address: email@example.com.
After signing up as Rosary intercessors, you would offer three Rosaries for each deceased friar annually. In the first place, you would pray one Rosary (5 decades) for each friar on the anniversary of the date of his death. Secondly, you would offer a second Rosary for each friar on the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (October 7). Finally, you would recite a third and final Rosary for each friar on All Dominican Souls Day (November 8). For this reason, if you sign up to pray for three deceased friars, you would offer three Rosaries for each of them annually. This means that you would pray nine Rosaries for them each year.
Last of all, do you have any Roman Catholic family members or friends who would be interested in signing up for this October Rosary initiative for deceased Dominican friars? If so, please have them email me. They would send me their full name, city, and state, including their intention to sign up either for one year, three years, or perpetually.
I am updating the registry of Rosary Intercessors for deceased friars. I plan to email it by the end of the month to everyone who signs up. Thank you for your consideration.
In Christ with Blessed Mary,
Friar Mariano D. Veliz, O.P.