A presentation was held at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu, Hawaii on September 21st to mark Hawaii’s winning of the Worldpriest Annual Award for their outstanding participation in the Annual Rosary Relay for Priests 2017. Speaking after the noon Mass in the basilica on that day, the Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu, made the following statement: “As we celebrate this feast day of St. Matthew, one of the most unlikely apostles of the Lord, we are grateful to the Worldpriest Apostolate for honoring the priests and people of the Diocese of Honolulu. Although our priests are not perfect men, they are such a blessing to all of us, and I thank God for the wonderful priests who give themselves so lovingly and joyfully to the service of the people of our diocese. We are also grateful to all who support them with their prayers and their love and who serve the Lord alongside them so that we may all give faithful witness to Jesus.”
“I congratulate Bishop Silva and all involved in organizing Hawaii’s participation in the Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests on 23 June 2017 in Honolulu,” said Marion Mulhall, founder of Worldpriest, commenting on the presentation. “This brings great joy to the Worldpriest team, to see how you unfolded your planning in such a powerful way, namely the sixty-six people of all ages, including a three-year-old, who were involved in praying the Rosary Relay. Not one of those people will never ever forgot this great event. I believe your participation may lead to new good seed being planted for future vocations to the priesthood and religious life and to a deepening of the faith of all people. Through the utilization of all aspects of social media and of the local television broadcasts, you literally made the Annual Global Rosary Relay go local to the hearts of the people in Honolulu and allowed them to become part of this great movement, which is what participation is all about.”
In an article in the Hawaii Catholic Herald, Patrick Downes paid tribute to Easter Almuena, administrative assistant for the Diocesan Office of Worship and Hawaii’s Worldpriest representative, who organized the presentation.