Confraternity Descriptions and Contact Information...
The CONFRATERNITY OF THE
MOST HOLY ROSARY
A World-Wide Movement of Prayer Entrusted to the DOMINICAN ORDER
by the HOLY SEE More than 500 Years Ago.
The Rosary Confraternity is a spiritual association (of the Catholic Church), the members of which strive to pray the entire
Rosary during the course of each week. They form a union of countless hundreds of thousands of the faithful throughout the world
who, along with their own intentions, include the intentions and needs of all its members, while they in turn pray for them.
Since the Holy Father has recently added the five luminous mysteries, it would seem that members of the Confraternity should
strive to include that extra weekly Rosary. However, we have as yet received no official statement regarding this matter.
Those who recite only the fifteen traditional mysteries will continue to share in the benefits of the Confraternity until
some official source declares the contrary. As Pope Leo XIII said in his encyclical on the Confraternity, "whenever
a person fulfills his obligation of reciting the Rosary according to the rule of the Confraternity, he includes in his intentions
all its members, and they in turn render him the same service many times over."
Each member includes deceased fellow members as well; and thus he knows that in turn he will be included in the prayers
of hundreds of thousands both now and hereafter.
This led the Cure of Ars to say: "If anyone has the happiness of being in the Confraternity of the Rosary, he has
in all corners of the world brothers and sisters who pray for him." The deceased cannot be enrolled in the Confraternity.
Read the obligations, benefits, indulgences, and Fifteen Promises of the Blessed Virgin to Christians who faithfully pray the Rosary.
Those who pray the Rosary regularly would do well to be enrolled in the Confraternity to gain extra spiritual benefits
for each Rosary they pray.
Enroll Here, or write to The Rosary Center, PO Box 3617, Portland, OR 97208, USA.
The Servite Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows
The image of Mary at the foot of the cross has long been an inspiration to people who want to be closer to
Jesus. In order to increase devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows, the Servite Order has established societies known as confraternities.
The Servite confraternity's roots reach back to the first century of the Order's existence when groups of the faithful were
living near the first communities of Friar Servants of Mary. Wanting to share the Order's spirit, they formed various types
of Marian associations. Pope Innocent X officially designated the Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows in 1645.
Many people wish to belong to the Servite confraternity, but they do not live in an area where it has been officially established,
or they are unable to attend the m
Monthly prayer hours. The Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows, established for over a hundred years at the Basilica of
Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago, has been reorganized so that it might meet the needs of such people.
The purpose of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows is to foster devotion to the passion of Christ and the sorrows
of Mary, Mother of the Lord. The members of the Confraternity strive to develop the virtue of compassion so that they might
be with their suffering brothers and sisters through prayer and works of mercy. To obtain further information about joining
the Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows please contact:
Our Lady of Sorrows Priory
Servite Provincial Center
3121 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago,
Or you may visit here... SERVITE CONFRATERNITY OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS
The Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary
The Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary exists to promote the Blue Scapular of the Immaculate Conception so that Mary Immaculate's
motherly love might strengthen, comfort, and fill hearts with the joy whose source is her Son, Jesus Christ.
were established in the Middle Ages when many lay people wished to participate in some way in the spiritual life of religious
orders. The sign of acceptance was the investing of a scapular to identify its members.
1681, Pope Innocent XI granted the Venerable Servant of God, Father Stanislaus of Jesus Mary Papczynski (1631-1701), the privilege
of establishing Confraternities of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Marian churches. In 1733, the Venerable
Servant of God, Father Casimir of St. Joseph Wyszynski (1700-1755) obtained permission to make the Blue Scapular one of the
elements of devotion associated with the confraternity. Finally, on July 3, 1992, Father Donald Petraitis, MIC, then Superior
General of the Marians, obtained for himself and his successors a perpetual permission to bless and confer the Scapular of
the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Learn more about the history and spirituality of the Blue Scapular:
When you join the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin
Mary, you assume certain obligations and are then able to enjoy certain spiritual benefits. As a sign of belonging to the
Confraternity, you are invested with the Blue Scapular. In order to become a member of the Confraternity, you must be enrolled
during a special ceremony conducted by a Marian priest — or a priest or deacon in your own parish to whom the Marians
have delegated that authority.
For more information on how to join the Confraternity, its obligations and benefits,
and the Blue Scapular itself, you may request a copy of our Blue Scapular and Confraternity leaflet (WBLS), by sending an
e-mail to our Web Administrator, or by calling 1-800-462-7426 (in North America only).