Archbishop Lori’s letter on Rosary Congress

May 30, 2017

This year we mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima from May 13 to Oct. 13. It is my hope that the Archdiocese of Baltimore will observe this anniversary in a profoundly spiritual manner. Therefore, from Oct. 7 to Oct. 13, an Archdiocesan Rosary Congress will be held on the campuses of several of our parishes.

The concept of a Rosary Congress originated in Poland in 1978. The people of Poland had observed seven days of continual Eucharistic Adoration and Rosaries in the hope that the newly-elected Pope John Paul II would receive permission to visit Communist Poland. The prayer was answered; the government relented and invited the Pope to visit his homeland. In 1988, the Rosary Congress was imported to the United States, where a Congress was held in Washington D.C. Rosary Congresses have been held around the country ever since.

It is fitting that our Archdiocese observe the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima by hosting these Rosary Congresses. They will begin with a Vigil Mass on Oct. 7 (the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary) and culminate on Oct. 13 (the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s final appearance at Fatima).

The Rosary Congress in Baltimore is an effort that will be coordinated by and through the laity, with the leadership of several pastors and the support of the Department of Evangelization. Should you wish to contact someone with any questions you might have, please contact Dawn Walsh at

I pray that through the Rosary Congresses in October we will deepen our devotion to Mary and receive her intercession on behalf of our people.

Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori was installed as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore May 16, 2012.

Prior to his appointment to Baltimore, Archbishop Lori served as Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., from 2001 to 2012 and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington from 1995 to 2001.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Lori holds a bachelor's degree from the Seminary of St. Pius X in Erlanger, Ky., a master's degree from Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg and a doctorate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1977.

In addition to his responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archbishop Lori serves as Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus and is the former chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.