A custom-designed, limited-edition, red and gold rosary is available to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, diocesan officials recently announced.

The rosaries, manufactured in Italy by the Ghirelli Company, were blessed at the Vatican by Pope Francis on June 6 during His Holiness’ Weekly Audience in Saint Peter’s Square.

The rosary features a crucifix that is designed after that in the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington. The back of the crucifix is engraved with the words, “Catholic Diocese of Wilmington 150th Anniversary 1868-2018.” The front of the rosary’s centerpiece holds an image of the blessed mother from the Charles Parks Our Lady of Queen of Peace statue located on the grounds of Holy Spirit Church in New Castle. On the centerpiece’s reverse is an image of Saint Francis de Sales, the Patron Saint of the Diocese of Wilmington. In place of the traditional “Our Father” beads, the rosary has a medal crest of the Diocese of Wilmington, with a map of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore on the back, indicating the 12 counties that comprise the diocese. Beads are 8-millimeter dark red Bohemian glass, while the chain and custom features are made of gold finish metal.

The rosary comes in a commemorative color pouch and is available for a suggested $30 donation each, plus shipping and handling.

For order forms and more, visit cdow.org/150th.