Children’s Rosary Advisory Board

Meet the Members of Our Advisory Board.

Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe M.F.V.A., is the Chaplain of the Eternal Word Television Network where he initially came to work as an engineer. Two years later he became one of the founding members of the men’s community which Mother Angelica founded in 1987: the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Fr. Joseph was ordained to the priesthood in 1993.

Mike Ford, is the Director of Our Lady’s Rosary Makers which is a lay Apostolate based out of Louisville, Kentucky. The focus of this Apostolate is to teach people to make Rosaries. The Children’s Rosary has received thousands of donated Rosaries from members of Our Lady’s Rosary Makers from around the world.

Mike Ford has been an instrumental part of introducing those who participate with Our Lady’s Rosary makers to the Children’s Rosary. His love of Our Blessed Mother and focus on propagating devotion to the Rosary is in keeping with the goals of the Children’s Rosary.

Immaculée Ilibagiza is a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda. She survived by hiding with 7 other women in a tiny bathroom for 91 days. She credits the Rosary with helping her find peace and also forgiveness for those who killed her friends and family. During her time in hiding she recalls praying 27 Rosaries per day. Immaculée is a beautiful example of love and forgiveness for our children.

Alan Napleton is currently the president of Catholic Marketing Network. He is the past Executive Director at Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation and past President at Radio Guadalupe. Alan Napleton has a strong Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Rosary. Inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe’s ability to bring so many together, he has tried to follow a similar vocation. Through the Catholic Marketing Network he has spent over 30 years connecting people for the good. Alan also has one son and he is named after Pope John Paul II. Alan has played an important role connecting many wonderful people with the Children’s Rosary.

Catherine Wiley is the Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association. Catherine has worked tirelessly to highlight the important role of grandparents in the family.

We are extremely blessed to have guidance from these wonderful individuals. Each individual brings a wonderful element to the movement. One common link they all share is a love of the Rosary and a desire to bring more souls to Our Lord.

We also remember Fr. Andrew Apostoli CFR who was on the Children’s Rosary Advisory Board from 2014 until his passing on December 13th 2017. He was the co-founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in 1967 and served as a Vice Postulator for the Cause of Canonization for Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

See Fr. Apostoli’s interview about the Children’s Rosary on Sunday Night Prime. Highly recommended for those interested in starting a group (interview in English).