Widow: Yes, ‘real men’ pray the rosary


“Do real men pray the rosary?” (The Catholic Messenger, Jan. 4). Indeed, they do. My husband was a “real man,” a “jack-of-all trades, master of most.” He led the rosary before daily Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Madison for many years.

At home he would say to me, “It’s 3 o’clock, time to pray.” We prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and then the rosary, until he passed away in October 2000 at age 86.

On his death bed his last words were: “Jesus and Mary, I love you; save souls.”

There is much more I could say about my “real man,” but the word limit and space prevent it.  However, he kept our old house in good repair as easily as he made rosaries — both the chain and tied kind and worked as cashier in the office of the Iowa State Penitentiary for 40 years.


Mary Doering

Fort Madison

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