Getting the rosary into others’ hands

Catholic layman works to spread devotion via campaign

Nissa LaPoint

Sam Perry has always had a rosary in his hands. Now he wants to get it into others’.

Local parishioner Perry, a lifelong believer in the power of the rosary, has vowed to travel parish-to-parish bringing the love of Mary and her promises.

With Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila’s stamp of approval, Perry and his wife, Becky, of St. Thomas More Church in Centennial, decided to spend their retirement encouraging others to finger those rosary beads.

“My goal is to take it across the state,” said 74-year-old Perry. “We’ve got to get people praying the rosary.”

Though the “Pray the Rosary” campaign, the pair will work to deliver some 300,000 colorful how-to booklets and rosaries to the Denver Archdiocese’s 140-plus parishes to spread devotion to Mary. Then he wants to take the campaign statewide.

Using his own funds and support from the Catholic Foundation of Northern Colorado, where he’s a board member, and Knights of Columbus, Perry will print booklets and collect rosaries to begin his ministry.

The campaign seeks Mary’s intercession for the country, help in the fight for religious freedom and the right to exercise one’s conscience.

“The rosary is a powerful spiritual weapon, so let us encourage all families to pray the rosary for our country and for the protection of religious liberty,” wrote Archbishop Aquila in a letter about the campaign Sept. 24.

The archbishop encouraged all parishes to participate.

So far, Perry distributed thousands of booklets and rosaries at St. Thomas More Church, 300 at St. James School in Denver and plans to visit Queen of Peace Church in Aurora and St. William Church in Fort Lupton with Spanish booklets and rosaries.

Perry said praying to Mary has always helped him through life.

“Most kids grew up with toys. I grew up with the rosary,” he said.

After he survived a couple of car wrecks, Perry said he’s always kept one handy in his pocket.

Later, he began buying extras and giving them away.

After learning about the rosary’s impact on historical events, Perry became further encouraged to launch a campaign.

In the 13th century, St. Dominic promoted the devotion for the conversion of the Albigensians— believers in a heresy claiming there were two gods—and other sinners. Pope St. Pius V credited Mary with the Holy League’s victory over the Turkish invaders in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

In 1960, Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., held a rosary rally in San Francisco that drew over half a million people.

These facts drew Perry to realize that the rosary can change Colorado and the country, which he said is plagued with moral and social ills.

“With 300,000 people praying in our archdiocese, I think we can change this state,” Perry said.


Support the Pray the Rosary campaign
Parishes are invited to contact Sam and Becky Perry to participate in the campaign.
Phone: 303-882-3396

COMING UP: Colorado Catholic bishops remember Columbine on 20th anniversary

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Colorado’s bishops have issued a joint statement recognizing the 20th anniversary of the April 20, 1999 shooting at Columbine High School that claimed the lives of 12 students and one teacher. The full statement can be read below.

This week we remember the horrific tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School 20 years ago. In life there are days that will never be forgotten; seared in our minds and
on our hearts forever – for many of us in Colorado that day was April 20, 1999.

As we mark this solemn anniversary with prayer, remembrance and service let us not forget that there is still much work to be done. Violence in our homes, schools and cities is destroying the lives, dignity and hope of our brothers and sisters every day. Together, as people of good
will, we must confront this culture of violence with love, working to rebuild and support family life. We must commit ourselves to working together to encourage a culture of life and peace.

Nothing we do or say will bring back the lives and innocence that were lost 20 years ago. Let us take this moment to remember the gift of the lives of those we lost, and let us, as men and women of faith, take back our communities from the fear and evil that come from violence like we witnessed at Columbine. Our faith in Jesus Christ provides us with the hope and values that
can bring peace, respect and dignity to our homes, hearts and communities.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Columbine community and all those affected by violence
in our communities.