Children in rural Bangladesh gather for praying of rosary
Bangladeshi Catholic students volunteer across the country to promote rosary prayer for Marian blessings for the families.
“A few years back I caught hepatitis and malarial fever simultaneously and I thought I would die. Then a priest visited me, gave me a rosary and told me to recite rosary. I did and recovered completely,” said Smriti Tripura, 17.
“Since then I’ve always kept a rosary with me,” she added.
Smriti, a tribal Tripura Catholic girl from southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts spoke on the sidelines of the annual strategic planning and training of the Bangladesh wing of Holy Cross Family Ministries
(HCFM) on 2-3 March.
Some 55 HCFM volunteers from six dioceses of Bangladesh attended the program at Holy Cross Center in Bhadun near Dhaka.
Like Smriti there are a good number of students who volunteer for HCFM almost freely, said local HCFM director Holy Cross Father Anol Terence D'Costa.
“They serve the ministry for free, we just pay for their conveyance,” he said.
The family rosary movement spread in the country after Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton, popularly known as the “rosary priest,” arrived in 1955. He visited Tejgaon and Hashnabad parishes in Dhaka, and spoke on the importance of rosary prayer with the help of Holy Cross Archbishop Lawrence Leo Graner, who headed Dhaka archdiocese 1950-67.
Holy Cross Family Ministries continues Father Peyton's work in Bangladesh by organizing meetings and seminars on the importance of praying the rosary as a family. It has a coordinator and group of volunteers in each of the country´s six dioceses.