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: Archdiocese of Denver’s news publications honored with 15 Catholic Press Awards

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Coverage of the More Than You Realize conference and reporting on social justice issues were among the 15 honors the Catholic Press Association awarded the Denver Catholic and El Pueblo Catolico at the recent Catholic media conference in Florida, June 18-21.

Bishop Jorge Rodriguez was also awarded first place for a regular column by a bishop or archbishop in a Spanish publication.

The Denver Catholic received seven awards, including first place best news writing on a local or regional event for the staff’s collaborative coverage of the MTYR conference June 11, 2018, at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.

El Pueblo Catolico received eight awards, including first place for reporting on social justice issues for a story on preventing suicide, and second place for in-depth analysis for a story on the debates surrounding “caravans” of immigrants coming to the United States.

Staff writer Vladimir Mauricio-Pérez, who was recently named the new editor of El Pueblo Catolico, took home four awards – two for articles in the Denver Catholic and two for articles in El Pueblo. For the Denver Catholic, he received a second-place editorial award for a story on the Facebook privacy scandal, and an honorable mention award for a feature story on Blind Faith Brewing.

The publications were also honored with awards for layout, design, interviews and reports.

“I want to congratulate the staff of the Denver Catholic and El Pueblo Catolico for their accomplishments over the past year and the much-deserved recognition they’ve received for their incredible talents,” said Aaron Lambert, Managing Editor. “More importantly, I am thankful for each of their witnesses to Jesus Christ, without whom we would not be able to carry out this mission we’ve been entrusted with. Last but not least, I want to thank the faithful of the Archdiocese of Denver for their support, encouragement, comments and feedback, and most of all, for allowing us to tell your stories.”

Denver Catholic

1st Place – Best News Writing on a Local or Regional Event – “Be Not Afraid”

2nd Place – Best Editorial on a National or International Issue – “Facebook privacy scandal a wake-up call for Catholics” (Vladimir Mauricio-Perez)

2nd Place – Best Annual Report

2nd Place – Most Effective Use of Small Space – Bethlehem Handicrafts (Simona Fava, Kim Grace)

3rd Place – Best Print Circulation Promotion Campaign – Julia Greeley Anniversary Mass (Simona Fava)

Honorable Mention – Beat Feature Writing – “Blind Faith Brewing: the new Catholic taproom in town” (Vladimir Mauricio-Perez)

Honorable Mention – Best Layout of Article or Column – “From the Passover Seder to the Eucharist” (Vladimir Mauricio-Perez, Simona Fava)

El Pueblo Catolico

1st Place – Best Reporting on Social Justice Issues – “El suicidio es prevenible, pongamos manos a la obra” (Mavi Barraza)

1st Place – Best Regular Column by a Bishop or Archbishop – “Joven, Cristo te necesita” (Bishop Jorge Rodriguez)

2nd Place – Best In-Depth Analysis – “Mas allá del debate político la ‘caravana’ son nuestros hermanos” (Vladimir Mauricio-Pérez)

2nd Place – Best Coverage – ‘”Bautiza a tu hijo’ Insistió su amiga. Hoy él es sacerdote.” (Carmen Elena Villa)

3rd Place – Best Reporting – “Propuesta de matrimonio en una obra de teatro” (Carmen Elana Villa)

Honorable Mention – Best Interview – “Monseñor Romero me enseñó que vale la pena sacrificarse por el Señor” (Caren Elena Villa)

Honorable Mention – Best Personality Profile – “Maria Antonia: madre que siempre supo decir sí a Dios”(Vladimir Mauricio-Pérez)

Honorable Mention – Best Cover Magazine or Newspaper – El Pueblo Catolico (Simona Fava)