Regina Mater Rosaries is a mission. The founder began making rosaries after her second son participated in a rosary making workshop with his first communion class. “It was so powerful to see the children make these beautiful keepsakes. I just had to make more and it became a passion.” After crafting several dozen rosaries, and giving several as gifts, she wondered what she was going to do with them all. “I made mission rosaries too, which I gave to schools and ministries like Mobile Loaves and Fishes, but the ones made with glass beads weren’t suitable for those ministries and were just too beautiful to leave lying around.”
The business and name “Regina Mater Rosaries” came about by Divine Providence. “My family is part of a group of Catholic homeschool families who educate their children in a program dedicated to Our Blessed Mother in Austin, Texas. The program is called ‘Regina Mater’ for our ‘Queen Mother.’ Just before Christmas in 2010, we were trying to raise funds so I offered to sell the rosaries I had made and donate the proceeds to the program. I was amazed at how well they sold. I made more rosaries and sold more rosaries and before I knew it, I was being invited to sell rosaries at parish markets, trunk shows and at charity events. By April of 2011, I had to get a business tax permit and register Regina Mater Rosaries officially with the state of Texas because I was selling more than was allowed as a hobbyist. My plan to sell a few rosaries had become a full-blown business with a mission to support Catholic education in just a few short months!” More than $1000 has gone to the school program and to Catholic Charities of Central Texas by the business’s first anniversary.
The education program, Regina Mater, through the example of Christ in our Blessed Mother, strives to educate and cultivate saints for our time, who stand in the service of the Catholic Church and work to renew the world for the Trinity. They follow a classical model of education for children in preschool through high school.
“What is more classically Catholic and educational than the praying the Rosary? Prayer is the greatest educational force in the world and through Regina Mater Rosaries maybe we can bring the two, prayer and education, just a little bit closer together again.”