The Rosary Shrine in northwest London is one of the largest churches in the capital, encompassing side chapels and altars for every Mystery of the Rosary. When it was built by the Dominicans in 1883, it was the first church in the world to have this arrangement, with the intention that it would be ‘worthy to mark the gratitude of the Catholics of the United Kingdom for the many blessings and graces received through Our Lady’.
Fr Lawrence Lew OP, Prior and Parish Priest of St Dominic’s Priory, said: “We believe that this partnership between Radio Maria and the Rosary Shrine will be a wonderful way to advance the hopes of the men and women who built St Dominic’s. The Rosary Shrine church exists for the preaching of the Holy Rosary, which is a special gift of Our Lady for proclaiming the Gospel of Christ and God’s saving love for all peoples.
“As the Order of Preachers, we Dominicans are delighted to support and work alongside Radio Maria in our common mission of preaching the faith for the salvation of souls, bringing the light of reason and faith to bear upon the lives of our contemporaries. I have no doubt that our parishioners and pilgrims and the local community at the Rosary Shrine will be enthusiastic about this work of evangelisation, and I know that the people of London and the wider UK will also benefit greatly from Radio Maria’s programmes and activities here at the Rosary Shrine.”
Charles Wilson, President of Radio Maria, said: “‘We at Radio Maria England (RME) are delighted to be developing our London base at St Dominic’s priory and the Rosary Shrine, which is often described as ‘Mary’s House’ in London. The presence of a broadcasting studio and offices here will not only enable the promotion of RME in London and nationally but be a physical location to grow our volunteer base in this beautiful historic shrine. I think Our Lady has called us here.”
The programming of Radio Maria is based on three pillars: prayer, catechesis and human formation. It broadcasts daily Mass and spiritual content, as well as social programmes and worldwide news. Currently, collaborations with the Dominicans in Cambridge have included morning prayers, daily Mass and religious teaching programmes including topics on the Divine Office, saints and sacred scripture.
As a charity Radio Maria works with a great number of volunteers in all areas. Its volunteers assist with promotion, broadcasting, creating and presenting programmes, and praying.
Radio Maria England is currently broadcasting a novena for the World Day of the Sick. Each day, a new speaker will share a short reflection You can join each morning at 9:30am up until February 11 through the link below:
Pictured above is the Radio Maria Team at the Rosary Shrine, and, below, Dominicans and visitors at the Shrine.