The Master of the Order, Brother Gerard Francisco TIMONER III, appointed on October 7th, 2019, the feast day of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary, brother Lawrence LEW, O.P., as General Promoter of the Rosary.
Fr. Lawrence LEW, O.P. was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, into an evangelical Protestant family. Formed by the brothers of the De La Salle Christian Schools in their oldest missionary school in Singapore, Fr. Lawrence became a Catholic, which was at the origin of his passion for theology, apologetics, Catholic culture, music and the sacred arts.
Lawrence holds a degree in English Civil Law from the University of Leeds and began his theological studies at Ushaw College in Durham. He was formed at Cambridge, Blackfriars in Oxford and the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC, where he obtained a Pontifical License in sacred theology. He was ordained a priest on 17 September 2011.
He is General Promoter of the Dominican Order of the Holy Rosary and is currently Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in London. He is also currently chaplain of the Central Curia of the Legion of Mary in London and teaches apologetics, digital media and Mariology at Blackfriars Hall in Oxford.
Fr. Lawrence loves to photograph churches and sacred art, and his photos have been used online by major Catholic sites, and can be seen in newspapers, magazines, books and CD covers. He has been called a “media missionary” and has led workshops and retreats in photography, evangelism and digital media, and the theology of beauty.
At the beginning of this new service as General Promoter of the Rosary, he tells us: “My hope is to encourage the Order to rediscover the Rosary as a perfect form of prayer and contemplation for itinerant preachers, and that the Order build Shrines to pray the Rosary in a dynamic way with processions, artistic works and beautiful music that honour Our Lady. I also hope to develop new online resources and use digital media to help us meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary.”
Through our prayers, we ask our Mother the Virgin of the Rosary to accompany Lawrence in this new service of his pastoral life.