Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church Website

The website for St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside, New York.

2,000 Hail Mary’s Prayer Devotion

About Us

annuciationThe 2,000 Hail Mary devotion was started by two Salesian seminarians, Daniel Ara and Juan Riu in Barcelona, Spain on March 25th, 1933 during the Feast of the Annunciation. There is a pious belief assuring ANY GRACE will be granted. With great devotion in his heart and mind Juan Riu recited the 2,000 Hail Mary’s asking Our Lady THREE GRACES: to become a Salesian, a priest and a missionary…and waited trustfully that Our Lady will fulfill her promise. On July 27, 1935 he made the vows as a Salesian, then on June 15, 1946 ordained as a priest. On August 30, 1952 landed in the poorest slam of San Juan, Puerto Rico as a missionary and after 12 yrs in Ecuador, then Santa Ana, CA .

During Monsignor Juan Riu, 50 years as a priest he had been promoting the 2000 Hail Mary Devotion with great success with the blessing of his Bishop, Pedro Gabrielli Zen, Bishop of Macas, Ecuador. On November 5, 1996 Mgsr. Juan Riu left this world. I personally meet Mgsr. Riu during the summer of 1992 with Ora. Teresita Bautista our New York promoter of this devotion who also return to our lord last year 2013. I’m doing a kind of invitation to all, to say Two Thousand Hail Mary’s to Our Lady the Most Pure Mother of Our Lord, asking HER intercession.

We meet

Every 1st Saturday of the month
8 AM to 5 PM
St. Sebastian Convent Chapel
39-66 58th street, Woodside, NY