On Sunday, October 7th as Catholics globally celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, many of the faithful in our diocese gathered to pray the rosary as part of ‘Rosary Coast to Coast’. The local section of this event was held at Martyr’s Park, located along the Mississippi River in Downtown Memphis.
One Memphis organizer, Meg Koss said, “At last count there are 1,100 Rosary teams across the U.S. and we are being joined by 54 countries that will all be praying with us.”
According to the Rosary Coast To Coast website, the purpose of the event was vitally important, “We are at war. A war without borders, where no man is exempt but where most haven’t recognized, let alone been trained, to fight. Casualties often go unseen, but very few are left unwounded. The Enemies encamped against us seek to rob us of our Dignity– the essential Dignity of the Human Person, being made in the Image and Likeness of God.”
Over 100 people locally attended the event. Ann Leatherwood, another organizer of the gathering said, “Poland stared this a year ago, when they formed a boundary around their country and it’s been so effective. Mary has broken down so many barriers in Poland, and we hope the same thing happens in America and I think we are beginning to see it.” Many people that attended felt a powerful connection to Our Lady and felt what they were doing was so important for the nation, and Church. Brenda Kindelan, another Catholic involved in the event commented, “We love Mary, we love the rosary, and we love her son.” While this was the first time this event was held, many expressed their desire for it to continue in the future
Father Augustine DeArmond, OP stressed the importance of praying the rosary by saying, “As we pray the mysteries of the rosary we unite ourselves to the life of Jesus and Mary and we remind ourselves that they are real people and that their lives of faith are a witness.”
One attendee, Bob Trainor, remarked, “It was spiritually moving to have priests and laity pray together on the banks of the Mississippi River asking our Blessed Mother’s protection over our country, our world, and our church.”