World Mission Rosary

What is the World Mission Rosary?

In February of 1951, Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, then the National Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith (from 1950 to 1966), in a radio address (called The Catholic Hour), first announced the World Mission Rosary. He saw the need for us to pray not just for ourselves, but for the whole world, and especially for those who are poor and vulnerable at home and around the world.

What do the colors signify?wmr

Each decade of that World Mission Rosary calls to mind an area where the Church continues her evangelizing mission: GREEN for the forests and grasslands of Africa; BLUE for the ocean surrounding the islands of the Pacific; WHITE symbolizing Europe, the seat of the Holy Father who is the first missionary of the Church; RED calling to mind the fire of faith that brought missionaries to the Americas and YELLOW, the morning light of the East, for Asia.

Praying this Rosary, Archbishop Sheen explained in that radio broadcast, would “aid the Holy Father and his Society for the Propagation of the Faith by supplying him with practical support, as well as prayers, for the poor mission territories of the world.” “When the Rosary is completed, one has…embraced all continents, all people in prayer,” he added. “Won’t you please make a tour of the world on your World Mission Rosary?”


Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Archbishop Fulton Sheen Declared “Venerable”

On June 28, 2012 the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI approved the heroic virtues of U.S. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen clearing the way for the advancement of his sainthood cause. Father Andrew Small, OMI, our current National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies noted, “As head of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1950 to 1966, the Venerable Fulton Sheen was heroic in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ far and wide – from Peoria to Pretoria; New York to New Delhi. He teaches us still that the Church is missionary by her very nature.”

To learn more about Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, visit the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation website.



Prayer to Move the Church to Proclaim Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen a Saint

Heavenly Father, Source of all holiness,
You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication.
You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ,
and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people.
If it be according to Your Will, for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls,
we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint.
We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Request these rosary materials from the Mission Office for FREE:

Spanish/English PamphletsWMR pamphlet photo

Rosary DVD & Discussion Guide
English and Spanish
WMR VideoClick and print!
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World Mission Rosary
Videos also available online:

 Grade School English

Middle and High School English

Grade School Spanish

Middle and High School Spanish

Rosary Poster


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General Use Rosaries
of different colors
Make a
Paper-Ring World Mission Rosary
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World Mission Rosary
Coloring Page

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Make Your Own
World Mission Rosary
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Other Mission Rosary
Prayer Ideas:

– Mission Mysteries

– Litany of Missionary Saints
(English & Spanish!)

– World Mission Meditation 
   on the Saints (NEW!)


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About us

The Mission Office, formerly known as the Catholic Missions Office, looks to educate and inspire people to take seriously their baptismal responsibility to be on mission in whatever context they live and work. The Office is at the service of the worldwide Church while remaining firmly rooted in the Archdiocese of Chicago. It also serves as the local representative for the Pontifical Mission Societies: The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Missionary Childhood Association, The Society of Saint Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious.

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