A book with more than 80,000 pledges from people promising to pray the Rosary daily was presented to Pope Benedict XVI in Rome by Father John Phalen, CSC, President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. The book was given to the Pontiff at the Vatican in December as part of the Year of Faith observation and the 70th anniversary of Family Rosary, which was founded by Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, also known as the "Rosary Priest...."
... The pledges were collected from people who requested free Rosaries through a special program offered by Family Rosary, a member ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries, which presently employs 30 Holy Cross religious and approximately 125 laypeople around the world. They agreed to pray the Rosary daily, many with their families, as part of a campaign started by Father Peyton in 1991. Back then, the plan was to send 1 million Rosaries to Russia. It has since evolved into a worldwide effort to send prayer beads to famililes, schools, parishes and individuals on every continent. So far, more than 20 million Rosaries have been given away. About five million of those were provided by volunteer Rosary-making groups in parishes.Read more about the Rosary pledges from Holy Cross Family Ministries.