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Our Constitution says that anyone who believes in our work can become a member of Our Lady's Rosary Makers of Australia.

There is no bar on account of religion, race, sex or age. We have Rosary makers from about age 8 up to 80+

See our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for much more detail.

FAQ Questions answered are as follows-

  1. So what is it I need to believe in to qualify for membership?
  2. And what is "our work"?
  3. What kinds of membership are there?
  4. How much does it cost?
  5. Is it necessary for me to actually make Rosary Beads, or say any particular prayers, in order to become a member?
  6. What kinds of Rosary Beads will I learn how to make?
  7. How will I learn how to make them?
  8. What happens if I join, and then later find that I can't or don't want to continue?
  9. How do I go about joining?
  10. Is my privacy protected?
  11. Must I give away all the Rosary Beads I make?
  12. Do I send my Mission Rosaries to you, or how do I know who to send them to?
  13. How did all this start?
If you would like to join, click here for an Application form, which you can print out and complete and forward by mail to the address on the form


  1. So what is it I need to believe in to qualify for membership?
  2. Basically you need to believe in Jesus Christ and His mother Mary. If you are new to the Rosary, perhaps not a Catholic and don't know anything much about the Rosary, the various pages on this site will give you much information.

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  3. And what is "our work"?
  4. "Our work" is to promote devotion to Jesus through Mary, and we do this in two different ways- one a spiritual way and one a practical way. Some members do both, some gravitate towards either one or the other.

    The SpirituA2. "Our work" is to promote devotion to Jesus through Mary, and we do this in two different ways- one a spiritual way and one a practical way. Some members do both, some gravitate towards either one or the other. The Spiritual way is that we promote the praying of the Rosary, in homes, in churches, in schools, etc. Many people of other faiths pray the Rosary - one of the very good books written on the Rosary was written by a Minister of another religion. We don't go around beating drums, or running ads on TV etc, we do what we do in a quiet way - the way Our Lady herself does. The late Bishop A.R.E.Thomas, in a letter giving us his blessing back in 1971 said "...we must always keep in mind the quiet unobtrusive life of Mary. Forcefulness was never evidenced in her life. So we must be gentle in approaching others..." etc...." The practical way is that we make Rosary Beads for free distribution to all those who cannot otherwise obtain them. In some countries, the people are too poor to buy Rosary Beads, in some countries and in some areas Rosary Beads are simply not available. Anyone can pray the Rosary without having Rosary beads, but with them it is so much easier.al way is that we promote the praying of the Rosary, in homes, in churches, in schools, etc. Many people of other faiths pray the Rosary - one of the very good books written on the Rosary was written by a Minister of another religion. We don't go around beating drums, or running ads on TV etc, we do what we do in a quiet way - the way Our Lady herself does. The late Bishop A.R.E.Thomas, in a letter giving us his blessing back in 1971 said "...we must always keep in mind the quiet unobtrusive life of Mary. Forcefulness was never evidenced in her life. So we must be gentle in approaching others..." etc...."

    The practical way is that we make Rosary Beads for free distribution to all those who cannot otherwise obtain them. In some countries, the people are too poor to buy Rosary Beads, in some countries and in some areas Rosary Beads are simply not available. Anyone can pray the Rosary without having Rosary beads, but with them it is so much easier.

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  5. What kinds of membership are there?
  6. There are two basic types of membership - Member of a Guild, or Individual member. There are established Guilds in various towns and cities, and if you live near one of these you would probably want to join that Guild. If you live too far away from an established Guild, then you would join as an individual member.

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  7. How much does it cost?
  8. Most Guilds have a very nominal annual membership subscription of around $1.00. Individual members are asked to pay an annual fee of $2.00, for which they receive a copy of the printed Annual Reports of the Guilds and the National Association. The $2.00 goes towards the postage costs.

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  9. Is it necessary for me to actually make Rosary Beads, or say any particular prayers, in order to become a member?
  10. No it is not. Within the Guilds, or for Individual members, there is no requirement that you do either. We have many members who do not make Rosary Beads, but assist in other ways. They may help financially - perhaps help in packing orders -perhaps in providing premises and/ or Tea/Coffee etc for monthly meetings of a Guild - perhaps acting as Catechists in schools, and teaching children about Jesus and Mary or the Bible stories,etc. - perhaps only in mentioning Rosary Makers in their prayers, and or praying the Rosary.

    The Rosary is not found in the Bible, rather the Bible is found in the Rosary.

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  11. What kinds of Rosary Beads will I learn how to make?
  12. Basically three kinds. Two kinds of Mission Rosaries, and then "Specials". The Mission type can be either Cord or Chain Rosaries, specials are generally always of the chain type.

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  13. How will I learn how to make them?
  14. Most people learn how to make them by following the instructions in the Instruction Booklet(Chain type), or Instruction Sheet(Cord type).

    If there is a guild near you, then existing members are always happy to assist. And beyond that we have instruction Videos that you can borrow. The first set you make, like any new craft you try, will seem like a big job, take a long time, and probably be quite frustrating as you learn. But after you have made about ten sets, you will be quite efficient, and it will seem a very easy and relaxing endeavour.

    Most people make the Rosary Beads whilst watching TV. For busy people there is quite an element of relaxation and freeing from the stress of the day, by using your hands making Rosary Beads. As well, you have the knowledge that what you are doing is indeed a worthwhile job - not a simple time-filler like TV on its own, or cards, or board games, etc.

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  15. What happens if I join, and then later find that I can't or don't want to continue?
  16. Nothing. You simply do not buy any further supplies, and do not renew your annual membership. There are no promises or responsibilities on your part that have to be observed.

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  17. How do I go about joining?
  18. Simply send us a letter, or email, saying that you are interested in learning more about Rosary Making, and we will send you a catalogue of the supplies available, and details of your nearest Guild, if there is one.

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  19. Is my privacy protected?
  20. Absolutely. We do not release, sell, or give away in any way, names and addresses of our members.

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  21. Must I give away all the Rosary Beads I make?
  22. No - only the "Mission Rosaries". We buy the Mission supplies at a reduced price on condition that Rosary Beads made from them are given away free of any charge to those who need them. So we pass on that same condition.

    You can also make "Special" Rosary Beads, using all sorts of special materials available from us, as well as from craft shops, which can be kept, or given away to friends and family etc. or even sold at a profit. The profit you make is yours completely.

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  23. Do I send my Mission Rosaries to you, or how do I know who to send them to?
  24. You may send them wherever you like - to Headquarters if you do not have any specific person or group in mind, and we will send them on and notify you where they went.

    You can send them direct to addresses which we will give you, of Missions, hospitals etc in need. We send Rosary Beads all over the world, and to Aboriginal Missions in Australia, and to hospitals, schools, catechists, jails etc., as we become aware of their need. We often have requests from places such as India and parts of Africa for 25,000 Rosaries, 50,000 Rosaries etc. so there is no need to worry about where to send them.

    Russia and China could use several million Rosary Beads, if they could be provided.

    And, when I wrote this, there was a tremendous need for Rosary Beads in the Tsunami affected parts of Asia.

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  25. How did all this start?
  26. Our Lady's Rosary Makers started in Louisville Kentucky USA in 1949, when a certain Brother Sylvan decided to share his skill in making Rosary Beads, and teach others how, in response to Our Lady's request at Fatima (Portugal) in 1917.

    Over the years this one small group grew into a National Association, then International, spreading to many different countries, and in 1971 we started it here in Australia.

    Coonamble, a small rural town (Population approx 3400) in north-western NSW is the Headquarters of the organisation in Australia, and it is here that we keep the stocks of supplies we have built up over the years since 1971.

    On the last Sunday in October each year we have a National Conference, to which all members are invited. Many members travel hundreds of kilometres to be present, and we have a wonderful friendly day.

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If you would like to join, click here for an Application form, which you can print out and complete and forward by mail to the address on the form


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