Rise of the Roses
Rediscovering the beauty of a life promised to God.
To celebrate and promote Consecrated Religious Life in Ireland
The Rise of the Roses began at the birthplace of St Brigid in Faughart, Co. Louth. St. Brigid directly influenced several other future saints of Ireland, and her many religious communities helped to secure the country's conversion to the Catholic faith. At each convent The Rise of the Roses will invite young people to join them as they meet the sisters, learn about their way of life and their love for God, sing, have a 'wee tea party', hold an hour of Eucharistic adoration and plant a rose.
They will carry the cross of Christ to each convent and will be supported by a promise of prayers from people all around the world. The significance of the ROSE The symbolism of the Rose is so rich it is difficult to capture its essence in words. A rose is a symbol of beauty, of love and of a promise.
They were inspired by the story of St Francis & St Clare - where roses bloomed through the snow as a symbol of the two saints' special connection. The Rise of the Roses want to connect the young people of Ireland (and the world) to God and to the women in the convents they visit. The Rose that will be planted at each convent will reflect a promise to pray for each other.
They also want to promote the power of the Rosary. Ten roses planted around Ireland will symbolise a decade of the rosary offered for the young people of our country. Their tour finishes on the weekend of the feast day of Our Lady of Knock so it is poignant that they offer their prayers to the Golden Rose, Queen of Ireland.
Finally, the Rose has become synonymous with the memory of Michaela McAreavey. Michaela's faith and the values with which she tried to live her life continue to inspire us. She believed that God has a special plan for each one of us, and it is only by following God's will that we can attain true and lasting happiness.
This tour aims to promote those messages throughout Michaela's home country and beyond.