24th annual Rosary Congress starts Oct. 4th

By: Howell Dennis
CROWLEY - On Monday, October 4, 2010 the 24th Annual Rosary Congress will begin at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel on the Notre Dame High School campus. The event will start with a Holy Hour at 8 a.m. on Monday and last until Friday, October 8th with a Holy Mass, a Benediction, a Consecration to Blessed Mother and the Investment of Brown Scapular.

During the Rosary Congress’ 24 years only one person, Mrs. Ding Hoffpauir has organized the event. Hoffpauir’s dedication to her religion is very inspiring, as is evidenced by the impressive number Catholic statuettes, pictures and artifacts she owns, including a picture of her and the late Pope John Paul II whom she met in 1998. She also has a chapel in her home where she prays on a daily basis. She wanted to be sure to emphasize the importance of the upcoming Rosary Congress.

“When a person prays to the Rosary the purpose is to pray for peace in the world, those who are ill, those who are in need, unity in family life, and the instillation of strong values in those around us,” she said.

The late Pope John Paul II, a native of Poland, was involved in a controversy which led to the first Rosary Congress. After becoming Pope, John Paul wanted to make a return visit to his homeland. However, Poland was a Communist country at that time and the leadership was opposed to the visit. The Polish people, who strongly supported the Pope’s visit, turned to God and prayed for seven days and nights. On the seventh day, the sanctions were dropped and the Pope’s visit was allowed.

The Rosary Congress was brought to the United States in the 1980’s by a man named John Downs who hoped that the event would encourage others to bring the Rosary Congress to communities throughout the country.

Those wondering why they should pray the Rosary today should know that Christians believe it promotes growth in their holiness and their prayer life.

“When we live our lives walking in His path we are rewarded in the end,” said Hoffpauir.

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