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.

“The Rosary is a prayer that always accompanies me; it is also the prayer of the ordinary people and the saints…it is a prayer from my heart.” –Our Holy Father, Pope Francis


For further resources:  

World Mission Rosary Video (English)

World Mission Rosary Video for Elementary Students (Spanish)

World Mission Rosary Video for High School Students and Youth (English)

World Mission Rosary Video for High School Students and Youth (Spanish)

Our Missionary Childhood Association has created a brochure with information and prayers, and mysteries with missionary reflections that will help children of all ages learn more about the World Mission Rosary.

(*Adobe Acrobat recommended. click on image to view and download PDF)

World Mission Rosary Pamphlet (English)
World Mission Rosary Pamphlet (English)


El Rosario Misionero Mundial Folleto (Español)
El Rosario Misionero Mundial Folleto (Español)


Ideas to pray the World Mission Rosary: 

  • A Novena
Image of the Virgin Mary at a Novena at Christ the King Parish, Los Angeles.
  • A living Rosary with your students

    Living Rosary Christ the King Church
    Religious Education students from Christ the King Parish doing a Living Rosary
  • Spend time praying the rosary and have students get familiarized with the prayers during October–Month of the Missions and Month of the Rosary

Pray for the Missions

  • Encourage families to pray the rosary together

“Prayer is the first ‘missionary work’ –the first! – that every Christian can and must do, and it is also the most effective, even if this cannot be measured”

–Pope Francis (May 28, 2018)