Frequently Asked Questions

Is Rosary Army a Roman Catholic organization?
Absolutely yes! Rosary Army and the founders of Rosary Army are all practicing Catholics who are faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church, the Holy Father, and the Magisterium. We do, however, welcome Christians of other denominations to learn about the power of the Rosary and it’s core essence as a meditation on the life of Jesus Christ. See our Statement of Faith and About Us pages for more information.

Are the Rosaries really free?
Yes, our Rosaries are really free. And yes, we’re aware that the same kind of Rosaries are sold for upwards of $16 plus shipping online. Our goal is to get people to pray the Rosary. Plastic bead Rosaries are easy to find and are frequently given away in parishes, but there’s something unique about a knotted Rosary that draws people to it and makes people want to pray it. To us, that makes giving them away even more important. If the price of a nice Rosary is keeping you from praying it, then we want to remove that obstacle.

I want a Rosary Army T-Shirt
Rosary Army and That Catholic Show t-shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs, and other merchandise are available from our online store. Buy some cool stuff and support this apostolate all at the same time!

How can you afford to give away free Rosaries?
We are completely dependent on the financial and Rosary donations of others to allow us to provide you with free Rosaries. If you can financially support this ministry, please do. We need the help. You can click the PayPal link to the right to make a donation today.

Monetary donations we receive go toward the costs of shipping, buying supplies such as Crucifixes and twine, making photocopies of instructional material that we freely distribute with our Rosaries, paying contractors fees and employees, our multimedia productions, our office rent and utilities, and other operational costs. We do not solicit donations via mail or e-mail except for during our once-a-year giving campaign. We completely depend on the word of mouth and the generosity of people who visit this website and believe in this apostolate. If you can help us, please do. We’d very much appreciate it.

Can I request more than one free Rosary?
We are happy to provide you with more than one Rosary, but can only send one free one. For more than one Rosary to any given household, school, or group, all we ask is that you help us share in the production and shipping costs (at least $2-$5 per Rosary, or more if you’re willing to help). On the Rosary request form, just list the quantity of each color that you would like. Depending on our current stock of Rosaries that others have donated to us, we may need a few weeks to process your request.

I don’t want to order a whole spool of twine. Can I get enough from you to just make a couple?
Rosary Army does not provide actual Rosary making supplies such as twine and Crucifixes. At this time, we offer to pay all shipping costs to send Rosaries to others, Crucifixes for unfinished Rosaries that are sent to us, all operational costs for Rosary Army and our website, as well as all of the Rosaries that we make and give away on our own. We can only afford these things through the generosity of people such as yourselves.

Do you offer a starter kit to start making Rosaries?
See the answer to the last question.

I want to make a knotted cross on my Rosary. Do you have instructions for doing this?
As pointed out by Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae: “Here the first thing to note is the way the beads converge upon the Crucifix, which both opens and closes the unfolding sequence of prayer. The life and prayer of believers is centered upon Christ. Everything begins from him, everything leads towards him, everything, through him, in the Holy Spirit, attains to the Father.” (36)

Because one of the primary reasons to pray the Rosary is to meditate on the life of Jesus Christ, we believe that looking at a Crucifix while praying helps us tremendously in our meditations. Therefore, we encourage Rosary makers to put actual metal Crucifixes on their Rosaries. We even offer to cover this expense for people who donate their Rosaries for us. Just make your Rosary except for the very last Our Father knot, and we’ll make that knot and add a Crucifix for you before sending your Rosary to someone who will put it to good use. So the short answer to this question is: we know how to make them, but we’re not telling! 🙂

Do you accept Plastic Crucifixes?
We typically use metal Crucifixes on our Rosaries, but we also gladly accept plastic Crucifixes as well, as military personnel and prisoners are more apt to being allowed to have these kinds of Crucifixes than they would be metal ones. So, while we don’t distribute as many of these, we tend to hold onto them until a request comes in for these specific types of Crucifixes. While requests are few and far between for these kinds Crucifixes, we believe that if the Rosaries are there, then Mary will find a use for them. As a caveat, military branches prefer the black plastic Crucifixes on dark twine, and prisons usually ask for white Crucifixes on white Rosaries. Also FYI, if you plan on donating any of your finished Rosaries to Rosary Army, if you make the whole Rosary except for the last Our Father knot, just leave us plenty of twine on the end of the Rosary to make the Our Father knot, send it to us, and we’ll add a Crucifix for you before giving the Rosary away to someone else.

I listened to your talk. Can you come speak at our parish?
More information about our talks and workshops is available here on our website. Greg and Jennifer Willits, the founders of Rosary Army and co-founders of the Star Quest Production Network, are both available to give talks about the Rosary and the Catholic faith. If you are interested in having Greg and/or Jennifer come visit your parish or group, please contact us via e-mail and a Rosary Army representative will get back to you in a timely manner.

Click here for information on stipends and expenses for talks.

Are donations to Rosary Army tax deductible?
Yes. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donations to Rosary Army are fully tax deductible. When we receive your donation, we will send you a receipt for your records (as well as a ton of thanks!) If you’d like to make a donation right now, you can do so online by clicking this link.

How do I join Rosary Army?
Rosary Army is a non-profit organization and is not currently hiring for full or part-time positions. We are a volunteer-based organization, but other than our Board of Directors , we do not have permanent members. Rather, we solicit volunteers in making Rosaries, distributing free Rosaries, and spreading the news about the mission of Rosary Army.

How do I volunteer with Rosary Army?
The best way to volunteer with Rosary Army is to make knotted Rosaries and send them to us!

How do I start a branch of Rosary Army at our parish?

We currently have no official Rosary Army “branches,” but this is something we are planning for the future. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start a Rosary making group in your own parish! The best way to start a Rosary making group is to first start making Rosaries yourself. Once you’re comfortable with that, contact your pastor and ask permission to teach others in your parish how to make Rosaries. Additionally, you can invite someone from Rosary Army to come speak at your parish and teach others how to make Rosaries.