On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Holy Cross Family Ministries has organized participation of Family Rosary and Holy Cross' international locations for Global Rosary Relay for Priests on Friday, June 7. More than 60 locations (some Holy Cross and Family Rosary locations) around the world prayed the Rosary, creating a prayer chain circling the globe.
Congregation of Holy Cross founder Blessed Basil Moreau named the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as patron of his community of priests, a patronage that has guided and protected Holy Cross for more than 175 years.
In 2002, the Church announced a special annual World Priest Day, a day of prayer for the sanctification of priests, to be held on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Through Holy Cross Family Ministries' coordination, each location prayed a particular set of mysteries each half hour of the day to offer prayers of thanksgiving and support for our priests.
At the HCFM mission office in Santiago, Chile, the celebration for priests began with praying the Joyful Mysteries, followed by a special Mass by the Dean of the Cathedral, Msgr. Juan Suarez Campos, who as a seminarian knew Servant of God Patrick Peyton. Fr. Peyton, known as the Rosary priest, founded HCFM. In the Philippines, Family Rosary staff and Holy Cross religious also prayed the Joyful Mysteries.
A special Mass was held at Notre Dame d'Orveau, France, where close to 300 people are attended. In Uruguay, the 12 stations that transmit HCFM's radio program, "Tiempo de Maria," prayed the Rosary over the broadcast and prayed for religious vocations.
Eight hundred students from Holy Cross Lake View Secondary School in Jinja, Uganda, will pray the Joyful Mysteries for three days. They will also offer special Masses with special intentions for Holy Cross priests.