Story by Reagan Scott
LINCOLN (SNR) - On Monday Sept. 17, Eucharistic adoration and a “Global Living Rosary” will be held at St. Joseph Church, 7900 Trendwood Dr., Lincoln, at 7 p.m.
The event will be led by Bishop James Conley and Father James Kelleher, SOLT. It will mark the beginning of phase two of the diocesan Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade, dedicated to increasing devotion to the rosary and now, as part of phase two of the project, time spent in adoration.
Fifty people will represent the beads of the rosary Sept. 17, and the first half of each “Hail Mary” will be said in 15 to 18 different languages including Arabic, Vietnamese, Spanish and Latin, to name a few.
Jerry Meyer, president of the Rosary Crusade committee, said, “We want to make sure we’re inclusive of all those who reside in our diocese. The world is much smaller than it was even five years ago.”
The same event will be held at St. Wenceslaus Church, 214 E. 2nd St., Wahoo, at 7 p.m. Oct. 9.
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Mike Davis, one of the vice presidents for the committee, invited all to come to the events.
“I would encourage everyone to spend time praying for our priests, Bishop Conley and our fellow Catholics,” he said, “that they grow closer in their relationship with Jesus. There’s more need of prayer today than ever.”
In addition to these events, Father Kelleher has been traveling to Catholic schools in Lincoln to talk to students about Eucharistic Adoration. The Knights of the Holy Eucharist visit schools outside Lincoln.
Related item: slideshow from Fr. Kelleher's presentation
Speaking on the importance of encouraging young people to spend time in adoration, Meyer said, “We want kids to form good habits in their Catholic faith. A lot of times, we as adults are very lazy Catholics, and kids have a tendency to draw parents to the faith. My kids make me a better Catholic every day.”
Meyer and Wayne Ringer, the other vice president of the committee, said that the transition from phase one of the Rosary Crusade to phase two is very natural.
“The rosary leads us to Christ, and we approach Christ in adoration,” Ringer said. “The rosary and adoration lead us into a deeper participation in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and confession, which we are called to receive often.”
The culminating event for phase two will be a Eucharistic procession around the Nebraska State Capitol at 3 p.m. Nov. 4.
It is estimated that 3,500 to 4,000 people attended the rosary surrounding the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in April, and Ringer said he would like to see 5,000 at the November event.
“It’s all about a public expression of faith in the Eucharist,” he said, “and it’s a chance to offer prayers for our politicians—that they’ll do the right thing.”
This phase will also include “Adoration Sundays,” when priests will preach the importance of adoration and encourage parishioners to commit to a holy hour, as well as a new curriculum for “Saints on Tap” and “Vino et Veritas.”
These groups of men and women come together to discuss saints who have a particular devotion to the rosary, and this focus will shift to those saints who had a devotion to Eucharistic adoration in phase two.
The last part of the phase will be a consecration to Mary, which ends on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Meyer noted that the timing for these events is right, given the recent events in the Church.
He said, “When everything is falling apart, our focus is on Jesus. His true presence through Adoration is powerful.”