History of the New Orleans Rosary Congress


The Rosary Congress is a proven spiritual event of prayer, for seven days and nights with Masses,  Eucharist Adoration and praying the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. In May 1979 Poland used this powerful proven method of prayer; Because of government sensitivity it was called, The Siege of Jericho.

"And to Joshua the Lord said, 'I have delivered Jericho and its king into your power. Have all the soldiers circle the city, marching once around it. Do this for six days, with the seven priest carrying rams' horns ahead of the ark. On the seventh day march around the city seven times and have the priest blow the horns. When they give a long blast on the ram's horns and you hear that signal, all the people shall shout aloud. The wall of the city will collapse, and they will be able to make a frontal attack'" (josh 6:2-5)

The first Rosary Congress was held in Poland.  Pope John Paul II wanted to visit his native country in 1979. The government with sanctions made the visit impossible. A prayer group went to God in prayer. Through inspiration they came to pray 7 days and nights, with Masses, Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary hourly, at their National Shrine to Our Lady of Czestochowa. On the seventh day, all government sanctions were dropped. The Pope was allowed to visit his native country.

In 1988, The Rosary Congress came to the United States. John Downs, a quadriplegic, was inspired to organize the first Rosary Congress at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is patroness of the United States. Imitating the Polish people who prayed at their National Shrine, Our Lady of Czestochowa.  All who attended were encouraged to bring this Rosary Congress back to their towns and cities, enabling many to experience these powerful prayers.

In 1989, a New Orleans delegation attended the Second Rosary Congress at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This idea was brought back to the city. Many organized prayer groups, families and Adoration Chapels in the area agreed to help make this first Rosary Congress a success.  So it was.

In 1990, the first Greater New Orleans Rosary Congress was held in New Orleans, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, patroness of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana. We prayed for life, reparation and peace. On the last day of the first G.N.O. Rosary Congress, the oldest abortion clinic in the city of New Orleans closes.  After the 25th Rosary Congress the large Abortion Clinic on Ridge Lake closed.  What a testimony to gathering together in prayer.

                                          THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES

For 28 years The Greater New Orleans Rosary Congress has been a powerful event.  Many people from the area and beyond attend. St. Dominic’s Parish, was the first Parish to open its doors to the G.N.O. Rosary Congress.  On retreat, the pastor, Rev. Neal McDermott O.P. was told by Sister Briege that his church was like a great heart pumping life throughout the area. Recognizing its source Fr. Mc Dermott said, "Rosary Congress!" Each year, as Pastor, he supported the G.N.O. Rosary Congress.  All new pastors of St. Dominic did likewise for over 20 years.

 After Katrina, Fr. Pat Wattigny from St Benilde Parish, in Metairie welcomed the GNO Rosary Congress to his Parish for three years.  Returning to St. Dominic’s for 2 more years. On the move now, St. Clement of Rome hosted the Congress for 2 year. Many of their parishioners were part of the group that brought the Rosary Congress to the New Orleans area. Then it was at St. Rita’s in Harahan and now the G.N.O. Rosary Congress is at Our Lady of Divine Providence on W. Metairie Ave Metairie.

The church opens day and night for seven days 24/7, 168 hours for continual prayer and Adoration.  Prayer groups, families and individuals come from many Parishes and out of town to cover the time. There is time for Mass, Adoration, Rosaries, Processions, Spiritual Talks, periods of silence, and singing. The beauty and diversity of the Catholic Church is demonstrated with the many activities held during this week.

 The 2018 Greater New Orleans Rosary Congress opens Saturday October 6 through Friday October 12, at Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish.   There is plenty room for all to come and pray together.  Masses, the Rosary and Chaplet of Mercy before the Eucharist are most needed now.  Our Lady has told us that she has many graces to give that are not requested.  Also Our Lady said, "Continue to pray the Rosary daily, to obtain peace in the world and the end of wars, because only Our Lady can help you" July 13, 1917.

Be inspired; bring the Rosary Congress back to your town. Prayer will help to continue America’s Mission of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all under one God in whom we trust.    

Call Marie 504-508-7100 for more information.