By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

Priests, deacons, men and women religious and even lay staff members of the Diocese of Baton Rouge recently participated in a video rosary honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Nicole Jones, coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Programs for the diocese, said Sarah Fox, the youth minister at St. Joseph Church in Ponchatoula, shared her idea of making a video of St. Joseph parishioners praying the rosary to post on social media during a video meeting of diocesan youth ministers.

“I just imagined how amazing it would be to have our diocesan priests and religious take part in a video similar to this one for the whole diocese to enjoy,” Jones said. “In addition to May being the month of Our Lady, I just thought something like this could bring so much joy to those dealing with not being able to attend Mass and (are) distanced from the sacraments.”

Jones contacted the Office of Vocations, and after calling several clergy members, as well as Bishop Michael G. Duca, the plan was approved.

Jones said all diocesan priests, religious, deacons and seminarians were sent an email detailing how to submit a video praying an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Fatima Prayer.

However, around the time the email was sent, Bishop Duca announced the reopening of churches, and Jones recognized schedules would be much tighter for priests. It was then the project was opened to lay diocesan staff members.

“The videos submitted by religious and lay people are spliced together to make one beautiful rosary,” Jones said.

The video is split into several segments: An Introduction by Bishop Duca, the first decade presented by seminarians and deacons, the second decade presented by priests, the third decade presented by lay people from diocesan staff, the fourth decade presented by religious sisters and brothers and the fifth decade presented in foreign languages (Spanish, Latin, Vietnamese). 

The video is available on the diocesan website at diobr.org.