Gretchen R. Crowe

Gretchen is editorial director for periodicals at OSV, where she oversees the publication of Our Sunday Visitor, the only national Catholic weekly newspaper in the United States. She also oversees editorial content and design of OSV’s The Priest and The Deacon magazines, and

An award-winning writer and photographer, Gretchen is the author of two books, “Why the Rosary, Why Now?” and “Praying the Rosary with St. John Paul II.” Gretchen has been a member of the Catholic Press Association since 2005, where she serves on a liaison committee of the Catholic Press Association and Catholic News Service. She covered both the 2015 pastoral visit of Pope Francis and the 2008 pastoral visit of Pope Benedict to the United States. Gretchen joined Our Sunday Visitor in March 2013 as OSV Newsweekly editor. Gretchen lives in Indiana with her husband and two children.

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“Dear brothers and sisters! A prayer so easy and yet so rich truly deserves to be rediscovered by the Christian community.” – Pope St. John Paul II

During his papacy, Pope John Paul II ardently encouraged the faithful to return to the Rosary – his own favorite prayer. He demonstrated his love for it by praying all the mysteries every day, and by writing, speaking, and preaching about it. He knew from his personal experience of prayer that we come to know the person of Jesus Christ through Mary and the Rosary.

With this book, you can pray the Rosary with the saint who loved it so much. For each mystery of the Rosary, you will find:

  • The spiritual fruit that accompanies each mystery
  • A short reflection on how Pope St. John Paul II embodied the spiritual fruit
  • A Scripture passage for reflection
  • An excerpt from a talk or writing of John Paul II

Whether the Rosary is already your favorite prayer or you’re just learning to pray it, Praying the Rosary with St. John Paul II will help you “rediscover the Rosary in the light of Scripture, in harmony with the Liturgy, and in the context of your daily lives.”