Objective: In this informative class, Deacon Keith will teach students how to pray the Holy Rosary. 

The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Saint John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous.

The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ's spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.

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What others have been saying about this course:

Michael McGhie

“I greatly enjoyed this quick course on the Rosary Prayer. I think we need to share this more often. I even learned a little something. Thanks, Catholic Online School!”

“I greatly enjoyed this quick course on the Rosary Prayer. I think we need to share this more often. I even learned a little something. Thanks, Catholic Online School!”

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Merry lyn

“Having a difficult time to actually learn on how to use the rosary beads on my own as a beginner but thanks to this course, I'm able to catch a glimpse on how to pray the rosary and went deeper into the mysterious.”

“Having a difficult time to actually learn on how to use the rosary beads on my own as a beginner but thanks to this course, I'm able to catch a glimpse on how to pray the rosary and went deeper into the mysterious.”

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Brian Watkins

“Great description of the rosary. Recommend for all ages.”

“Great description of the rosary. Recommend for all ages.”

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Jabulile Tsabedze

“It was very enlightening and spiritual”

“It was very enlightening and spiritual”

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Jeffrey Ndlaze

“Very helpful in terms of where and why pray the rosary. The meditation tool to use ”

“Very helpful in terms of where and why pray the rosary. The meditation tool to use ”

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olive grace henriques-brown

“The guide was well received and informative. Well done.”

“The guide was well received and informative. Well done.”

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    How to Pray the Rosary

    Show Content
    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • How to Pray the Rosary - STUDY GUIDE
    • How to Pray the Rosary - VIDEO
    • How to Pray the Rosary - QUIZ

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Keith A. Fournier is first Dean of Students for Catholic Online School and editor-in-chief of Catholic Online (catholic.org), the World's Catholic Library.

Deacon Fournier is a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Theology and Philosophy, BA), the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (Theology of Marriage and Family, MTS), the Catholic University of America (Masters in Philosophy, Moral Theology) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD). He is working toward the Th.D. in Moral Theology, focusing on the teaching of St. John Paul II.

He also holds honorary Doctorates in Humane letters and Divinity (LLD, DD) The Social Teaching of the Christian Church is a division of Moral Theology. Fournier has spent his life and work – in the public square and in ministry – offering authentic, classical and biblically faithful Christian Social Teaching available as leaven to be used for the renewal of human culture.

Attorney Fournier is a human rights lawyer and public policy advocate of many years. He views his vocational calling as “serving at the intersection of faith and culture”, a conviction which flows from his understanding of living the Christian faith as an integrated way of life. He has practiced law for 35 years. During that time he has appeared in multiple cases at the State and Federal level. He also appeared in several cases before the United States Supreme Court on Pro-Life, pro-Family and Religious Liberty concerns.

He served as the founding Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice in the nineteen nineties. He currently serves as Special Counsel to Liberty Counsel. he also serves as the Chief Counsel of the Common Good Legal Defense Fund, a project on the Common Good Foundation.

He has written hundreds of articles on faith, culture and life and eight books. He has also spent his life and ministry in multiple efforts committed to bringing Christians together and healing the wounds of division in the Body of Christ. His work is well known in the broad Christian community.

Deacon Keith Fournier is a married deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. Deacon Fournier and his wife Laurine have raised five children and have seven grandchildren. They reside in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Deacon Keith Fournier

Dean of Students

Deacon Keith Fournier