Combat Rosaries for Heroes

Pontifical Swiss Guard

In the early part of 2016, Fr. Richard Heilman became aware that the Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard had seen and very much liked Fr. Heilman’s creation: The Combat Rosary™, which is based on the original WWI military-issue Rosary. Fr. Heilman asked if he could donate one for each of the Swiss Guard. This offer was gratefully accepted by the Commander. This speech was given by Colonel Christoph Graf, Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, at the Vatican on May 6, 2016. His address was made to the new recruits about to be sworn in. This was also the 100th anniversary of the original WWI military-issue rosary that was commissioned and procured by, believe it or not, the U.S. government and issued by the military, upon request, to soldiers serving in World War I. While all of these were made in 1916, these were also distributed to soldiers serving in WWII. The Combat Rosary™, shown by Commander Graf, is based on the original WWI pull chain rosary. The Combat Rosary is now the official rosary of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.

Combat Rosaries for Heroes Inc. (CR4H) is a charity that provides free Combat Rosaries to U.S. military personnel, law enforcement and first responders. CR4H is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Taxpayer ID is 85-1576642.

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