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Archbishop Fulton J. SheenIn February of 1951, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966), inaugurated a World Mission Rosary in a radio address called The Catholic Hour. “We must pray, and not for ourselves, but for the world. To this end, I have designed the World Mission Rosary. Each of the five decades is of a different color to represent the continents.”

Praying this rosary, Archbishop Sheen said, would “aid the Holy Father and his Society for the Propagation of the Faith by supplying him with practical support, as well as prayers, for the poor mission territories of the world.”

Each decade of the World Mission Rosary calls to mind an area
where the Church continues her evangelizing mission:

Map for World Mission RosaryWHITE – Symbolizing EUROPE, the seat of the Holy Father, shepherd of the world 

YELLOW – The morning light of the east, for ASIA

BLUE – For the ocean surrounding the ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC

GREEN – For the forests and grasslands of AFRICA

RED – Calling to mind the fire of faith that brought missionaries to the AMERICAS

Prayer to Move the Church to Proclaim
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen a Saint

Heavenly Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication. You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people. If it be according to Your Will, for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint. We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Saintly Status

September 14, 2002, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome, Italy gave permission to Bishop Daniel Jenky, CSC of Peoria, Illinois to officially open the cause for canonization of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. (Archbishop Sheen was born, raised and later ordained to serve as a priest in that diocese.) As a result, he is now referred to as "Servant of God." In the summer of 2006, documentation of two alleged miracles attributed to the Archbishop was sent to Rome, furthering the cause for his canonization. In February 2008, a Mass in Peoria at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception celebrated the end of the diocesan phase of the inquiry into the life and works of Archbishop Sheen.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen information

To learn more about Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, visit the
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation website.

Treasure in Clay audiobook

Treasure in Clay, written by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, is now available as an audiobook from Saint Anthony Messenger Press.

Guide to Praying the World Mission Rosary

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Society for the Propagation of the Faith
20 Archbishop May Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63119

Adult's World Mission Rosary
Adult's World Mission Rosary
Children's World Mission Rosary
Children's World Mission Rosary

A goodwill donation of $11 per adult's World Mission Rosary is appreciated.
(Comes with an information/prayer booklet.)

A goodwill donation of $5 per children’s World Mission Rosary is appreciated.
(Comes with a “How to Pray the Rosary” pamphlet.)

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