The Rosary Confraternity
The Rosary Confraternity is a spiritual association of the Catholic Church, the members of which strive to pray the entire Rosary during the course of one week. They form a union of hundreds of thousands of the faithful throughout the world who, along with their own intentions, include the intentions and needs of all its members.
As the Cure of Ars said: “If anyone has the happiness of being in the Confraternity of the Rosary, he has in all corners of the world brothers and sisters who pray for him.”
Or, as Pope Leo XIII stated in his apostolic constitution on the Confraternity, “whenever a person fulfills his obligation of reciting the Rosary according to the rule of the Confraternity, he includes in his intentions all its members, and they in turn render him the same service many times over” (Ubi Primum, 1).
Those members include the faithful departed, who enrolled during their lifetime, and who continue to pray for us after death. And so we know that we are included in the prayers of countless members, both now and hereafter. Sadly, those who have already died cannot be enrolled in the Confraternity.
Those who pray the Rosary regularly would do well to enroll in the Confraternity to gain additional spiritual benefits for each Rosary they pray.
Since the Holy Father, Saint John Paul II, added the five luminous mysteries, we encourage members of the Confraternity to include that extra weekly Rosary. However, we have as yet received no official statement regarding this matter. Those who recite only the fifteen traditional mysteries will continue to share in the benefits of the Confraternity until some official source declares the contrary.