Radio Maria England, the 24-hour station, have announced that they will be building a flagship studio, fittingly based at the diocesan Rosary Shrine, Our Lady of the Rosary & St Dominic, Haverstock Hill. The Rosary Shrine church itself is one of the largest churches in London, encompassing side chapels and altars for every Mystery of the Rosary.
Fr Lawrence Lew OP, Prior and Parish Priest of St Dominic’s Priory welcomed this announcement saying, ‘We believe that this partnership between Radio Maria and the Rosary Shrine will be a wonderful way to advance the hopes of the men and women who built St Dominic’s.
‘The Rosary Shrine church exists for the preaching of the Holy Rosary, which is a special gift of Our Lady for proclaiming the Gospel of Christ and God’s saving love for all peoples. As the Order of Preachers, we Dominicans are delighted to support and work alongside Radio Maria in our common mission of preaching the faith for the salvation of souls, bringing the light of reason and faith to bear upon the lives of our contemporaries.
‘I have no doubt that our parishioners and pilgrims and the local community at the Rosary Shrine will be enthusiastic about this work of evangelisation, and I know that the people of London and the wider UK will also benefit greatly from Radio Maria’s programmes and activities here at the Rosary Shrine.’
Charles Wilson, President of Radio Maria, said, ‘We at Radio Maria England (RME) are delighted to be developing our London base at St Dominic’s priory and the Rosary Shrine, which is often described as “Mary’s House” in London. The presence of a broadcasting studio and offices here will not only enable the promotion of RME in London and nationally but be a physical location to grow our volunteer base in this beautiful historic shrine. I think Our Lady has called us here.’
The programme of Radio Maria is based on three pillars: prayer, catechesis and human formation. Mass and spiritual content, as well as social programmes and worldwide news are broadcast daily. Currently, collaborations with the Dominicans in Cambridge have included morning prayers, daily Mass and religious teaching programmes including topics on the Divine Office, saints and sacred scripture. With this new studio at the Rosary Shrine, Radio Maria is looking forward to developing collaborations which also furthers the mission of the Rosary Shrine.
Find out more about Radio Maria’s full schedule and more detailed programme information at at www.radiomariaengland.uk or search for them on podcast providers such as Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.
Photos: Fr Lawrence Lew OP and Radio Maria England.