The beads have been designed and are being handmade in Italy by the Ghirelli family, who have been producing stunning rosaries for more than 30 years, including the official rosaries for the past three popes.
The commemorative set features Mary MacKillop as the central medal with her name and canonisation date on the reverse side. The Our Father medals are specially designed showing Our Lady, St Joseph, the Sacred Heart and Mary MacKillop’s words ‘Trust in God’. The crucifix is intricate, emphasising the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
All the medals and links are finished in vintage bronze and the actual beads are 6mm faceted copper Bohemian glass.
Before being made available to the general public at full retail price, parishes, schools, agencies and groups have the opportunity to order the rosary beads at discounted prices.
All proceeds from the sale of these beads will directly support religious sisters in need around the world who, like Mary MacKillop, continue to take care of people in so many ways
Orders for the beads must be received by June 12. Phone orders can be made by contacting Aid to the Church in Need on 1800 101 201.
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