Rosary Confraternity

The Confraternity of the Rosary

The Confraternity of the Rosary is one of the most efficacious means of spreading devotion to the Rosary in parishes.

It was established in the early days of the Rosary devotion, it was spread in the fifteenth century by Blessed Alain de la Roche who assures us that he received its statutes from the Blessed Virgin Herself.

The Confraternity of the Rosary offers its members the following immense advantages:

1. An altogether special protection of the Queen of Heaven. (See the Encyclical of Leo XIII of September 8th, 1893)

2. A special participation during life, at the hour of death, and after death, in all the prayers, penances, and good works of the numerous members of this Confraternity, spread throughout the entire world. What a treasure of graces for the living and the dead!

3. An immense treasure of indulgences granted to this Confraternity and applicable to the souls in Purgatory. The Rosary is “the Queen of indulged devotions”, and the Confraternity of the Rosary is the richest Confraternity in indulgences. This is what led St. Alphonsus to say: “After Holy Mass the best means of relieving the souls in Purgatory is to join the Confraternity of the Rosary”.

Saint Charles Borromeo esteemed the Confraternity of the Rosary so highly, that he ordered it to be erected in all the parishes of his large Archdiocese of Milan!

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori wrote on the utility of the Confraternity: “In the many missions I have preached, I have come to the conclusion that there are more sins in one single man who does not belong to the Confraternity of Mary than in twenty who do!”

The Holy Curé d’Ars said: “If anyone has the happiness of being in the Confraternity of the Rosary, he has, in all corners of the globe, brothers who pray for him”. And he added “For a member of the Confraternity of the Rosary to succeed in losing his soul, he would have to do himself as much violence as the other faithful do to save their souls, so abundant are the graces of this Confraternity”

“Among the different associations,” wrote Pope Leo XIII , “We do not hesitate to give the place of honour to the Confraternity of the Rosary.”

“One Day through the Rosary and the Scapular I will save the World.” Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Dominic.

To join the Confraternity of the Rosary and to share in its immense advantages, it is sufficient:

(a) to have one’s name inscribed on the Register of the Confraternity.

(b) To promise to recite, at least once a week, the whole Rosary, i.e., three Rosaries, while meditating on the Fifteen Mysteries. This promise is not a vow and does not bind under pain of sin, except that those who are not habitually faithful to it are deprived of the immense spiritual goods and indulgences of the Confraternity. The three Rosaries and even the individual decades may be separated.

Joining the Rosary Confraternity

The Rosary Confraternity comes under the care of the Dominican Order. Its members strive to pray the complete Rosary (15 decades) once a week. They form a union of the Faithful throughout the world who, along with their own intentions, pray for the intentions and needs of all the Confraternity’s members, living and dead.

You can see more details about it here, and also sign up online:

As indicated the only requirement is to at least say the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries once a week – in return you get many spiritual benefits from the Confraternity membership throughout the world – and those benefits also extend to purgatory, plus there are indulgences, etc.

Why say the Rosary?

Rosary Confraternity Headquarters – USA

History of the Rosary

The Brown Scapular

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

First Saturdays

St Louis de Montfort’s teaching on Marian Devotion