Today’s feast was originally called Our Lady of Victory and it commemorated the victory of the Christians at the battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. The victory was attributed to praying the rosary. By pious tradition, the rosary was given to St. Dominic when he asked the Blessed Mother for a tool to combat the errors of his day. Dominicans have been entrusted with the task of promoting the rosary from the beginnings of the Order in the 13th century. This is also why the 15-decade rosary is part of the Dominican habit. It is worn on the left side because that is where a knight would wear his sword: the rosary is the “weapon” always at hand.
Rosary Sunday is also the only time each year that we Dominicans are allowed to ask you, the people we serve, for your financial sup-port. For example, the Diocese of Salt Lake City paid $0 of the approximately $500,000 it took to the feed, house and educate our newly ordained Fr. Peter over the last eight years. The same is true for every other priest and Cooperator Brother that has served at St. Catherine’s
This year, Rosary Sunday is combined with our Mission West capital campaign. The goal of the campaign is three-fold: increase endowment funds available for support of the brothers in formation (our “seminarians,”), increase the endowment funds to support care for our retired, elderly and infirm brothers (Baby Boomer Friars need healthcare too!) and to pay off the debt at our Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology of purchasing and renovating a building. The latter two needs are just as great, if not greater, than the immediate need of the brothers in formation. Giving to these is a very concrete way you can show your appreciation and support of past, present and future Dominicans in Utah.
Thank you very much for your support of the Rosary Sunday collection and the Mission West capital campaign!
– Fr. Carl, O.P.