Praying the rosary for Catholic schools

By  Elizabeth Ward, Youth Speak News
  • January 11, 2012

Windsor, Ont. - A former teacher at Windsor’s Assumption College High School led a prayer walk around the school Jan. 3 to pray for Catholic schools.

Greg Mailloux decided to lead the prayer walk after having a conversation with a student who told him some of its students were atheists.

“I did inform some people that used to teach here and some friends that I know would be prayerful warriors along with myself,” said Mailloux.

And while he wasn’t expecting a large turnout, 11 people joined him for the prayer walk.

Due to the chilly temperature, the group both walked and drove around the school (at under 20 km/h) while praying the rosary.

“We are trusting in faith that God will win the victory and He will just like He did in Jericho.”

Sisters Lauren and Micaela Carlini, ages 10 and 9, came along dressed for the weather with their mother to help pray for students.

“We’re here to help pray for the students in this school and the teachers, too,” said Lauren.

During the first round the wind was so cold that people walked backwards to keep the wind away from their faces. By the end of it, faces and legs were numb with cold. After this they decided it was better to drive around the school slowly for the next five rounds.

Marlena Deluca is a teacher and former student at Assumption. She believes the prayers will help the school.

“I went to this high school and I’m also a teacher and I know that many, many prayers are needed for our students and for the teachers and the parents and the families,” said Deluca. “And I really truly believe in the power of prayer especially when there is a large group of people together... I was excited to be a part of it.”

(Ward, 19, is a journalism student at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ont.)

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