Canonization of Father Theodore Foley, C.P.
In 1571, Pope St. Pius V organized a coalition of naval forces from Spain and smaller Christian kingdoms, to stop the advance of the Muslin Ottoman fleet into the Mediterranean. On October 7, 1571, the Christian Fleet met a powerful Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Lepanto. Knowing that the Christian forces were vastly outnumbered, Pope Pius V, called for all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory and he led a rosary procession in Rome. After about five hours of fighting the Christian Fleet managed to stop the Ottoman navy, slowing the Ottoman advance to the west and denying them access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Americas. If the Ottomans had won then there was a real possibility that an invasion of Italy could have followed so that the Ottoman sultan, would have been in possession of the Western Roman Empire. This This naval victory confined Turkish naval power to the eastern Mediterranean.
Pius V instituted "Our Lady of Victory" as an annual feast to commemorate the victory at Lepanto. In 1573, Pope Gregory XIII changed the title of the "Feast of Our Lady of Victory" to "Feast of the Holy Rosary". Pius X in 1913 changed the date to 7 October, as part of his effort to restore celebration of the liturgy of the Sundays. In 1960 Pope John XXIII changed the title to "Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary".
Dear Lady of the Most Holy Rosary,
A Prayer that is so dear to your immaculate Heart. Give victory to our Church, as you did so long ago. Help her to lead your children to the joys of heaven, To live with you in happiness forever. Amen.
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God as we place all our hope in you.
Prayer to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
PRAYER TO FATHER THEODORE FOLEY, C.P.
Lord Jesus Christ, you called Father Theodore Foley to follow you as a Passionist Priest even to Calvary's heights. Through your Immaculate and Sorrowful Mother, you taught him obedience to our Father's will and the fulfillment of your Commandment of loving God and neighbor. Let the loving inspiration of your Servant move us to live a more profound life of virtue. We humbly ask that you glorify your servant Father Theodore Foley according to the designs of your holy will. Through his intercession, we ask you to grant the request I now present (here mention your request).
This I ask through Christ Our Lord. AMEN
The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross (Eastern United States) is in the process of Canonization for one of our former Superior Generals who is from this Province.
The first stage of the process is over and Father Theodore has been declared, by the Vatican, as a "Servant of God." The next stage is that God must confirm Theodore's presence in heaven with a miracle. If you have a serious illness please pray for Father Theodore Foley to intercede for you at the throne of God so that your request can be granted. Should you receive a miracle, due to the intercession of Father Foley, please contact us so that we can further our brother's journey to sainthood.