ABOUT: The Rosary: A Mini Series of Micro Talks & The Digital Café
Come Holy Spirit. Come by means of the Powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, thy well-beloved Spouse. Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.1
A BLESSING for LISTENERS from our ROSARY: MINI-SERIES NARRATOR: Fr. Chris Alar, MIC2 (Provincial Superior of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, https://thedivinemercy.org)
OUR PODCAST VISION / Raison d’Être [Updated 16 Jan 2024]
Before meeting everyone on the Rosary Hour Podcast (with the help of Children’s Rosary ® Members) … please read a little about our Podcast apostolate and vision / mission composed collaboratively by The Rosary Hour Podcast Team founders:
we are an apostolate called as a community by Our Lady of the Rosary to find ways to inspire others to pray the Holy Rosary;
we seek to respond to the urgent request of St. John Paul II who has challenged us all to engage in the critical journey of re-discovering and helping others to re-cover the prayer of the Rosary in our times;
we continue to expand our 'toolkit' of Rosary prayer guides, exploration of the Mysteries, and related teaching materials designed for use by adults and children, families, and prayer groups, with the confidence and trust that we can access the intercession and protection of Our Lady and strengthen the Mystical Body of Christ by coming together in prayer, with a new project Terço on the Camino and other sister sites being developed organically;
through the audio and video podcasts, as well as this and other related newsletters, we share conversations with a growing group of experts guests/collaborators; they have helped us to form a special conversational space to extend our prayers, allowing us to ask questions may help those who join this conversation to ponder and explore and renew and deepen devotion to Jesus through the Mother of God and the prayer of the Heart: the Rosary.
we strive to capture the wisdom of our guests as they reflect on 'core' questions we have as educators, parents, and catechists; we strive to share with listeners ways of approaching the interior life with regards to prayer, scripture, the aspects of our Faith and ways of approaching Jesus through devotion to the Mother of God;
we engage a younger community of faithful in exploring their own questions with our guests; and welcome their creativity, energy and instinctive attachment to the Rosary as they learn to pray and to lead devotions to Our Lady in multiple contexts, with a focus on leading the Rosary before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; we have created with the help of pastors a number of evolving prayer booklets that help communities form Rosary teams so that children might offer to Jesus a Rosary any day of the week before the Tabernacle, during Eucharistic adoration, at home. We hope this effort will inspire desire to explore ways to teach the Rosary to youth in a way that might increase Children’s led Rosaries 12 to 52+ days/weeks a year 30-45 minutes prior to the mass on First Fridays / First Saturdays; on Sundays; etc.
After World Youth Day 2023 in Portugal, we especially encourage the emergence of World Youth Day Rosary groups led by delegates which might be led once a month to extend their testimony of World Youth Day which focused on the Rosary, and to offer Rosaries for the sick, the homebound, the dying and the Holy Souls in Purgatory; etc. We have appointed a Youth Editor who has begun this tradition at his own parish for young adults and young professionals from 16+ to 35 to lead the Rosary and share their prayer efforts.
We offer those new to the prayers of the Holy Rosary, to Marian Devotion, to Marian Pilgrimage, and to Catholicism, a means by which to glimpse the beauty of their presence in the mystical tradition of the Church, with a particular focus on the spirituality of St. Faustina & her teachings on Divine Mercy, as well as the Children of Fátima: St. Jacinta, St. Francisco, Blessed Carlos Acutis, and Beata Lúcia, with Beata Alexandrina of Balasar, and the Little Flower and Padre Pio, etc..
We wish to pray for the full canonization of Saints and to encourage prayer beyond Sunday with guests who have helped us to imagine new ways of developing a daily prayer routine so children / families / communities / parishes can promote the practice of praying the Rosary every day.
MEET OUR PODCAST COMMUNITY & OUR 20 GUESTS from SEASONS 1 and 2
An introduction by RHP Interviewer, Amelia c/o Dr. Blythe Kaufman & Advisors
Hi! My name is Amelia:
I am a member of Children’s Rosary ® prayer group movement at childrensrosary.org (Connecticut, USA).
I want to introduce you to the team at the Rosary Hour Podcast, a show that now features 25 experts who visited the Digital Café from May 2022 until April 2024 to record conversations that might help our listeners around the world rediscover / recover the prayer of the Holy Rosary.3
In August 2022, Fr. Chris Alar took time out of his busy schedule to introduce our podcast Mini Series on the Holy Rosary, as well as tell the world about our first guest to the Podcast project on this devotion, Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC — the Assistant Rector of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy who lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA. Fr. Anthony is our founding Spiritual Director and continues to encourage our efforts to spread the Rosary. More recently, he has encouraged our latest presentation of the Chaplet to the Divine Mercy. Fr. Chris appears as the narrator to our podcast and he lives in Stockbridge where he leads the Marians of the Immaculate Conception as the Provincial Superior, the Director of Marian Press, and the worldwide Association for Marian Helpers.
I invite you to watch Fr. Chris Alar’s introduction for The Rosary Hour Podcast show inviting others to rediscover the prayer of the Rosary here:
By the way, Fr. Chris later RETURNED TO OUR THE ROSARY HOUR PODCAST DIGITAL CAFÉ on January 25, 2023, this time for a double interview with Dr. Bob Schuchts, founder of the JPII Healing Center.4 And I got the chance to ask about his favourite candy! Scroll below to listen to our conversation or click here [GO TO YOUTUBE to see this popular episode].
VIDEO INTRODUCTIONS FOR THE ROSARY HOUR PODCAST CHANNELS:
LED BY MEMBERS OF CHILDREN’S ROSARY ® (USA) Amelia & Zosia, w/ support from Dr. Blythe Kaufman (childrensrosary.org), Executive Producer
When I asked my Rosary partner who co-leads the Rosary with Dr. Blythe Kaufman and myself on Radio Maria USA every second Saturday to help the podcast interview our guests to the Digital Café, she said yes!
Here is our invitation to prayer, with our next meeting which takes place on November 11, 2023:
MEET THE VISITORS TO THE ROSARY HOUR PODCAST DIGITAL CAFÉ: INTRODUCED BY RADIO MARIA USA, LIVE BROADCAST ROSARY LEADERS,
CO: PRODUCED BY DR. BLYTHE KAUFMAN (FOUNDER OF CHILDREN’S ROSARY) & TRAVESSA DA SENRA HOUSE PRESS in PORTO, PORTUGAL w/ CONTENT SUPPORT from NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE DIVINE MERCY (USA), MEMBERS OF ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO in CANADA; HOLY ROSARY CHURCH in TORONTO, ST. AUGUSTINE’S SEMINARY in SCARBOROUGH, PARISHES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BRAGA ON THE CAMINO TO SANTIAGO IN PORTUGAL.
VIP GUEST #1: His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins, Emeritus Archbishop of Toronto - Leader of the Micro Master Class - 101 on Eschatology + Spiritual Direction on Devotion to Our Lady, etc. Cardinal Collins helped our team to explore the eschatological questions which would construct the approach to our question / answer process. We wanted to ask basic questions like “What is the Soul?”, “What is Heaven?” etc. Here is one of his interview exchanges with Amelia:
VIP GUEST #2: Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, Director of Marian Press & Fr. Joseph / Director of the Association for Marian Helpers. EWTN HOST of LIVING DIVINE MERCY and Provincial Superior of the Marian Father of the Immaculate Conception at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA (USA), Fr. Chris joined us to teach us about the Wounds of Christ. This video also features the World Youth Day symbols procession in Portugal.
VIP GUEST #3: Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC & Assistant Rector of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy (Stockbridge, MA, USA) taught our team for 4 hours before our podcast was even a reality. He answered all of our questions and to this day, continues to support our mission to spread the prayer of the Rosary. We are so thankful for his prayers over our podcast, as well as his guidance when he has time. Meet Fr. Anthony who talks about his work at the Shrine in the US:
VIP GUEST #4: Dr. Bob Schuchts, Founder of the John Paul II Healing Center, USA) and author of “Be Healed” (Ave Maria Press), Dr. Schuchts has featured the Rosary Hour Podcast through his apostolate media page and also took the time to answer Zosia’s questions about Easter. Dr. Schuchts contributed to a RoundTable with Fr. Chris Alar on the Road to Damascus, the Wounds of Christ, and the Sorrowful Mysteries. He also spoke about his book, “Be Healed”.
VIP GUEST #5: Dr. Blythe Kaufman, Founder of ChildrensRosary.org (USA) and author of “Child Consecration” + co-producer (RHP Live Records) and advisor to Children’s Rosary Q and A, Season 2. Dr. Kaufman has helped us frame the content for Season 2 and also assisted with the production of many podcast presentations as a supportive mentor on the Rosary.
VIP GUEST #6: Dr. Josephine Lombardi, St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto (Canada), who came twice to visit us, including 13 May. Dr. Lombardi joined us in 2023 for a second visit as a co-host to our talk with Teresa Tomeo. She has taught our listeners about the Hail Mary and joined Fr. Nahm to discuss “What is Spiritual Direction?”
Dr. Lombardi’s video on Our Lady of Fatima here:
VIP GUEST #7: Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Author, ETWN HOST, & Speaker (USA); friend to St. Mother Teresa. Donna-Marie is an Advisor to Children’s Rosary Q and A for Season 2. Donna-Marie returns to our podcast before May 2024 to discuss her latest projects and interview Amelia.
VIP GUEST #8: Dr. Fr. Charles Nahm, Rosary Hour Podcast Lead Spiritual Director (Canada) who will help us teach the Rosary in Korean prior to 2027 World Youth Day in Seoul Korea. Fr. Charles has encouraged the podcast to take part in the Lift Jesus Higher Rally in 2024 and he has helped Children’s Rosary Q and A to shape the content of Season 2. He continues to pray over the podcast and to pray for all listeners who visit us in search of the message of the Rosary for our times.
VIP GUEST #9: Peter Herbeck, VP Renewal Ministries, Ann Arbor, MI (USA).
Thanks to Ralph Martin and to the Renewal Ministries team. Jump to his VIDEO segment in our Season Finale here: and his new video teaser with Teresa Tomeo here. Peter Herbeck’s interview from Nov. 11 will be released as a video as well before the 2024 Lift Jesus higher rally.
VIP GUEST #10: Padre Nuno Rocha (Portugal), Podcast Spiritual Director for the Digital Toolkit in Portuguese and Pastoral Advisor for Season 2 of the Rosary Hour Podcast. He has written a new introduction to the Joyful Mysteries which was released at the beginning of our Consecration Journey on odiario.substack.com.
Here is his interview with guest host, Carlos Duarte (no English subtitles). 5 He is the Editor-at-large for O Diario da Oração, released Dec 24, 2023 on the eve of his 25th Christmas day mass as a priest on the Camino to Santiago.
VIP GUEST #11: Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson (USA), Professor at Pepperdine University, Malibu and author of “Reading for the Love of God” (Brazos Press). Dr. Hooten Wilson’s interview explores our questions about how we read, and she joins Tina and Godric to discuss many thoughts on the humility of reading, the power of literature to bring us to God.
VIP GUEST #12: Fr. Peter Turrone (CANADA), Pastor at Holy Rosary Church & teaches the Prayers of the Holy Rosary to Listeners of the Rosary Hour Podcast w/ Amelia. Fr. Peter is a theological and content advisor for the Rosary Hour Podcast. Fr. Peter curated the thematic focus of Season 2: “What does is mean to be a child of God” and is the episode Spiritual Director for our 2024 conversations with Asher Kaufman, Fr. David Michael Moses, and a very very special Mystery Guest who Amelia will interview after Easter. Fr. Peter prays for all who come to the Rosary Hour Podcast and for all who God has invited to contribute to this conversation about the “Why” behind our prayers.
Link to his feature article for O’Terço: Rosary on the Camino, here posted on Oct. 26 in English:
VIP GUEST #13: Fr. Edward Looney, Author of “How they Love Mary” & Podcaster (USA) and Media Personality. Fr. Looney teaches on the “Rosary: A Mini Series” about the Mystical Life of the Church.
Fr. Looney introduces our mini-documentary for the Mysteries of the Rosary here:
INTERVIEWS at the DIGITAL CAFÉ w/ DR. TINA BAILEY
VIP GUEST #14: Keith Nester, Founder of Down to Earth Ministries (USA) and author of “Unpacking the Mysteries of the Rosary” (2022).
VIP GUEST #15: FR. MATTHEW, THE AUTISTIC PRIEST
VIP GUEST #16: Sonja Corbitt, The Catholic Evangelista
VIP GUEST #17: Teresa Tomeo, EWTN HOST and RADIO PERSONALITY for CATHOLIC CONNECTION who visits the podcast on 29 September on the Feast of the Holy Angels.
VIP GUEST #18: Asher Kaufman, Children’s Rosary ®
VIP GUEST #19: Fr. Elias Mills, former Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (USA)
VIP GUEST #20: Fr. David Michael Moses joins the show in 2024.
VIP GUEST AUTHOR #21: Fr. Willie Purcell will write for the podcast in 2024 about his Camino journey and upcoming trek to Rome from Assisi. Amelia prayed with Fr. Willie for the Thursday Luminous Mysteries via World Priest.
VIP GUEST #22: MARION MULHALL, Founder of World Priest
VIP GUEST #23: Mystery Guest arranged by Fr. Peter
VIP GUEST #24: Mystery Guest (TBA)
VIP GUEST #25: Mystery Guest (TBA)
SEASON #2: EPISODE #1 - SEASON PREMIERE
SEASON #2, EPISODE #2: MEANT FOR HEAVEN
Our Lady: Queen of Angels, Queen of Peace & Queen of the World. Pray for us.
Our past newsletter guest writers / co-authors have included
Dr. Peter Kahn (United Kingdom), CTS author and home school parent of 7;
Dr. Blythe Kaufman (USA), founder of Children’s Rosary;
Dr. Fr. Charles Nahm & Amelia;
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle (USA, MARIAN PRESS);
Jenny Hawyard Jones (United Kingdom) from CAFOD;
Karen Rocha (Executive Producer of the Rosary Hour Podcast);
Fr. Nuno Rocha (Pastor of Lapa / Desterro / St. Joseph)
Izzy Nunziato (Senior Communications Officer for the Rosary Hour Podcast) and Rembrandt (Senior Advisor of the Rosary Hour Podcast).
Dr. Tina Bailey (Co-Host for Bookshelf on the Digital Café)
COPYRIGHT 2022-present, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL CONTENT & VIDEOS PRESENTED BY: TRAVESSA DA SENRA HOUSE PRESS in PORTO, PORTUGAL on the COASTAL CAMINO TO SANTIAGO. “THE ROSARY HOUR PODCAST NEWSLETTER” (ABOUT PAGE). https://rosaryhourpodcast.substack.com. Pray the Rosary Every Day.
Every e-mail post includes the following text:
“Finally, we must do all our actions for Mary. We must take her for our proximate end, our mysterious means, and our way to Jesus Christ.
Supported by her protection we must undertake and achieve great things for Christ.
We must defend her privileges when they are disputed.
We must stand up for her glory when it is attacked;
we must draw all the world, if we can, to her service, and to this true and solid devotion.
We must pretend to no recompense for our little service, except the honour of belonging to so sweet a Queen, and the happiness of being united through her to Jesus, her Son, by an indissoluble tie, in time and in eternity”
(St. Louis Marie de Montfort, On True Devotion, 261-265)
Thanks to Peter Markage, Assistant to Fr. Chris Alar & Assistant Sound Engineer for these end-to-end segments. Thanks to the camera team at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy. Also, thanks to Gail Congolio for her support and prayers.
In Sept. 2022, Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, Provincial Superior of the Marian Fathers at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy help our group introduce the first guest to our Rosary Mini series of Micro talks, Fr. Anthony Gramlich, the Assistant Rector of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy. Fr. Chris’s invitation was “to invite listeners “to deepen the “Why” behind our prayers”.
In a later video, Father Chris explores with Dr. Bob Schuchts the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary in this popular video:
Padre Nuno Rocha uses the Digital Toolkit for Rosary Leaders as modelled in https://nossasenhora.substack.com. His team co-edited the Digital Toolkit in Portuguese for this broadcast as a global invitation to pray in Portuguese for visitors to Lisbon / Lisboa for World Youth Day 2023 | JMJ as well as visitors to Fátima, Braga in, and his parishes on the Camino to Santiago in 2024. Padre Nuno celebrated 25 years of service and he implemented recently a perpetual Children’s Led Rosary from 30 July 2023 that takes place every single Sunday 35 minutes prior to his Sunday family masses, empowering children and teenagers to take the lead in spreading Devotion and consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary like St. Francisco, St. Jacinta, and Venerable Lúcia did. Download the ENGLISH version of this Rosary here:
LUMINOUS MYSTERIES: COMING SOON
SORROWFUL MYSTERIES: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gLASl0kr0Vkkm9CIO_ZBGU_OlVFQK3ktARGActyNAH4/edit
GLORIOUS MYSTERIES: COMING SOON
Start a Rosary in your home, with friends, or your parish today!
See Pe Nuno’s annual catechesis on the 4th and 5th Glorious Mysteries organized by his parish and attended by thousands on the Camino Santiago on 15 AUGUST, 2023:
Also check out the final celebratory feast on 22 AUGUST celebrating the Queenship of Our Lady:
COMING SOON ON YOUTUBE: