In 2018 our very own Bishop James Conley launched the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade in the diocese of Lincoln. This crusade has three phases, all with the goal of promoting daily family rosaries and increasing Eucharistic adoration, bringing people to a closer relationship with Our Lady and her Son Jesus. Since this amazing crusade began, the Knights have been very involved.
In the beginning stage, the goal was for people to make a commitment to pray the rosary (or a decade of the rosary) daily. Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT, came to the diocese to speak in the schools about Our Lady. The Knights accompanied Father Kelleher to some of these talks and carried a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in procession. Since Fr. Kelleher was unable to speak in all the diocesan schools, the Knights gave talks at the schools outside Lincoln.
This part of the crusade culminated with Bishop Conley leading a family rosary and Eucharistic adoration at St. Teresa Church in Lincoln on March 18, and with a rosary chain around the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on April 29. More than 4000 people participated in this second event which completely surrounded the UNL campus.
Next, the crusade focused on Eucharistic adoration and asked people to commit to spending more time in front of the Blessed Sacrament; this phase began in the fall with a Global Living Rosary at St. Teresa Church in Lincoln and St. Wenceslaus Church in Wahoo. Fr. Kelleher returned to give talks on adoration at the schools in Lincoln, and the Knights covered those outside Lincoln.
On November 4, there was a beautiful Eucharistic procession led by Bishop Conley around the State Capitol in Lincoln; the Knights participated as acolytes. The same day, many of the faithful began their 33-day preparation for total consecration to Jesus through Mary, ending with their consecration on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (the patroness of the Lincoln Diocese).
The last part of the crusade, which focuses on evangelization and the propagation of perpetual adoration in the diocese, will culminate with a very special event, Eucharistic Adoration with a Global Living Rosary, on May 5 at 7 P.M. at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. All people of all faiths are welcome. If you can, please come and join the Knights and many others in adoring our Eucharistic Lord and honoring His Mother.
“To pray the Rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and His Mother.”—Pope St. John Paul II. Wherever you live, please join us in praying the rosary daily and adoring Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament!