“The Holy Rosary, by age-old tradition, has shown itself particularly effective as a prayer which brings the family together,” Pope St. John Paul II wrote in his 2002 apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (The Most Holy Rosary). As he highlighted, “It is also beautiful and fruitful to entrust to this prayer the growth and development of children.”
Family after family has proven the truth of the saint’s words. Several of these families shared their experiences and insights with the Register about teaching the Rosary to children — and in some instances learning it first themselves.
In Logan, Ohio, James and Nicole Hahn have always had a devotion to the Rosary. Today that includes their eight children, ages 3-18, who have all learned the Rosary at a young age.
“It’s a natural part of life here,” James said.
The Hahns begin when the children are 2 or 3 years old. As James put it, “They heard it from the time they were on the lap.”