World Mission Rosary

In February of 1951, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966), in a radio address (The Catholic Hour), inaugurated a World Mission Rosary. “We must pray, and not for ourselves, but for the world. To this end, I have designed the World Mission Rosary. Each of the five decades is of a different color to represent the continents.”

Praying this Rosary, Archbishop Sheen said, would “aid the Holy Father and His Society for the Propagation of the Faith by supplying Him with practical support, as well as prayers, for the poor mission territories of the world.”


What do the colors signify?

Each decade of that World Mission Rosary calls to mind an area where the Church continues her evangelizing mission: GREEN for the forests and grasslands of AFRICA; BLUE for the ocean surrounding the ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC; WHITE symbolizing EUROPE, the seat of the Holy Father, shepherd of the world; RED calling to mind the fire of faith that brought missionaries to the AMERICAS, and YELLOW, the morning light of the East, for ASIA.

Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, encourages everyone to “intensify your praying of the Rosary…to obtain from the Lord those graces that the Church and humanity especially need.”


Order the World Mission Rosary

The World Mission Rosary is available through the Mission Office for a suggested offering of $15. Children’s Rosaries are also available for a suggested offering of $5 each, information/prayer booklet is included for both. Please mail the following order form with a check payable to Society for the Propagation of the Faith to :

Mission Office in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Attention: World Mission Rosary
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, California 90010 USA

Rosary Order Form