In fact, the Perpetual Rosary Associations already extant in France in the mid-nineteenth century inspired Rev. Damien-Marie Saintourens, O.P. and Mother Rose of St. Mary Werhle, O.P., to found the Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary at Calais, France, in 1880. Fr. Saintourens, O.P., understood that the Dominican "apostleship" of the sisters was exercised primarily through their praying of the Rosary. The importance of the sisters' collaboration and connection with the Perpetual Rosary lay "associates" were radical ideas for those times. He truly showed a prophetic understanding of the role of the laity in the Church, one which foreshadowed in many ways the thought of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council.
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