I decided to show my different rosaries to give people an idea of the work I do. Habit rosaries come in different shapes, material, and even quality. This is for people to see what I make:


Franciscan Crown: 7 Decade Rosary

The Franciscan Crown or Seraphic Rosary has a unique history and tradition with the Franciscans. It is said that in 1422, a young Novice was presented with this rosary as a way to celebrate the 7 joys of Mary through a vision. It was this Crown that kept him going through the Novitiate and would eventually make this the rosary of the Order of Friars Minor. (Learn how to pray the Franciscan Crown here.)

A Dominican 15-decade Rosary

The 15-decade rosary is traditional to the Order of Preachers. Said to have been given to Saint Dominic by the Blessed Virgin Mary, the full rosary has been a part of the Dominican habit for many years. Even after Pope John Paul II introduced devotion to the Mysteries of Light, many friars and sisters still wear the original 15-decade rosary. As the Franciscan rosary is made with brown beads (in relation to the brown habit), I make the Dominican rosaries with black beads (either wood or onyx/agate) as the Order of Preachers are known as the black friars.

I’ll add more pictures as I upload them.

4 Responses to “Rosary Gallery”

  1. August 8, 2010 at 11:02

    Hi Father

    Beautiful Rosaries. I too, an old lady Saint Bernard Breeder and lover lay person, wear my rosary especially while walking the dogs and have tried various methods to secure the rosary, make a break a way as you put it so it doesn’t pull on something and break. I did find an old French habit rosary clip with a Miraculous medal “logo” on it and a round non opening jump ring on the end. The problem with that is that you have to wear a rope and it just loops over it but for me, it’s not secure. I’ve thought of having a jeweler put a pin mechanism on the inside ..but don’t want to leave it anywhere. Very often they are on Ebay and sometimes you can get one pretty cheap especially if you tell them you are a priest. I can send a a picture if you like and watch ebay for you . They are brass and beautiful. You can also try a military clip called an alice clip or a double sided stainless belt hook, but your break away ideas are great and your rosaries are beautiful. Why not put them on ebay..frequently the habit rosaries with large vintage aluminum medals get over 100 at least depending on the vintage medals. I’ve seen them go for 200 and more with the skull and crossbone crucifix. Thank you Father and may God bless

  2. August 8, 2010 at 13:19

    Thanks for the kind words.

    I’ve looked around at different ways to secure the rosaries, and saw several different ways to it. This is the way our province has traditionally done it, so I chose to continue using the “frog leg” method.

    I don’t sell rosaries on eBay for several reasons: First, I don’t have the time to make enough to support an online business. With classes and ministry starting soon, I won’t have the amount of time I once had in Novitiate. Secondly, for me to make the rosaries is an experience in prayer; if I started to view rosary-making as a task and less as contemplative act I would stop completely. But most of all, I learn something about the people I make each rosary for – their history, their community life, and even a little about their faith. I find that to be more rewarding than selling units like my car salesman days of old.

    Thanks again for your comment.

    Brother Vito Martinez, OFM Cap.

  3. October 3, 2010 at 04:52

    Hi Father

    I am a Dominican professe brother from Trinidad and Tobago, but under the Irish Province, currently in Dublin Ireland. It’s my 2nd year and I have been looking for a 15 or 20 decade wire strung rosary for my habit but with no luck.

    This morning i saw this gallery and I am hoping and praying that you can help me to source one. I will willing and glad to pay whatever the cost of it is. Or if you can tell me where I can get one to buy.

    Hope all is well with your community and work. Remain in the love of Jesus our brother!

    Yours in Dominic & Catherine

    Bro. Stephen OP

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