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The eucharistic procession arrives at U.N. Plaza for the 2015 Rosary Rally.

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Rosary rally at UN Plaza Oct. 8
September 20th, 2016

The Archdiocese of San Francisco’s annual rosary rally is Oct. 8 at United Nations Plaza in San Francisco.

The event begins with 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St. at Geary Boulevard.

The one-mile rosary procession begins at 11:15 a.m., led by the archbishop from the cathedral to U.N. Plaza where the rally begins at noon. Archbishop Cordileone will deliver the keynote address, and the event will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The rosary rally was re-established in 2011 at the initiative of the Legion of Mary on the 50th anniversary of Servant of God, Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton’s Family Rosary Crusade. The 1961 rosary rally drew hundreds of thousands to Golden Gate Park’s Polo Field.

Father Peyton was known as the “Rosary Priest” because he tirelessly promoted the powerful prayer of the rosary around the world, preaching to an estimated 28 million people over the course of his life. His rosary rallies attracted hundreds of thousands, including several in the Philippines and South America that drew over a million people, according to

Father Peyton first proclaimed the phrases “The family that prays together stays together” and “A world at prayer is a world at peace,” the website noted.

This year the San Francisco rally will begin celebration of the centennial of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, rosary rally organizers said. The rally will include the presence of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the World Apostolate of Fatima and the sacrament of reconciliation will be available at U.N. Plaza, organizers said. For more information,

From September 22, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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