Why the feast of the Immaculate Conception is important for this rosary maker

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When Priscilla Christine describes what drew her to the Catholic faith, she first points to the Rosary.

“I remember the first time I heard it,” the founder of The Little Catholic, an online rosary and jewelry shop, describes on her podcast. “Because it was just so peaceful, the rhythm was so beautiful to me.”

At the time, she described herself as nondenominational and attended various Christian churches. Today, the Southern California designer in her mid-30s is Catholic. She not only listens to the Rosary but also creates rosaries for others.

“The Rosary, the Mass, and the welcoming atmosphere at my first Mass played significant roles in my conversion,” Priscilla Christine, who prefers not to use her last name, told Our Sunday Visitor.

Conversion story

A chain of events led to her conversion: As a young adult, she worked for a devout Catholic at a store where she interacted with Catholic customers and received a recommendation to listen to Catholic radio. She began tuning in and embraced, in a special way, the live Rosary recitation. Then, on Dec. 8, the program host announced that everyone should attend Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a Marian feast day and a holy day of obligation.

Immaculate Conception
The Immaculate Conception. Francisco Rizi | Public domain

She decided to attend Mass — for the very first time.

“People at the Mass were genuinely kind and reverent,” she recalled. “The beauty of the church also captivated me, prompting my exploration of the Church’s history, which was a crucial factor in my decision.”

She remembered the moment she decided to become Catholic.

“After the first Mass on Dec. 8, I felt an immediate desire to become Catholic,” she said. “It was akin to meeting the person of your dreams — you know what you must do, so you take every step to get there, which, in my case, meant enrolling in RCIA.”

The Blessed Virgin Mary, she said, played a pivotal role in her conversion through the Rosary.

“She guided me to her son through this devotion,” Priscilla Christine said. “Without the Rosary on the radio, I might never have attended Mass.”

The Rosary and the live recitations on the radio, she said, “exuded a sense of peace and tranquility that deeply resonated with me.”

On her podcast, she reveals that, coming from a non-denominational church, she previously learned that Mary was unimportant. Now, she says on the podcast, “I know for sure that it was ‘Jesus’ mom’ who led me to her Son.”

The Little Catholic

In one of her podcast episodes, Priscilla Christine shares that she founded The Little Catholic in 2018 while she was converting. She began by creating and selling rosaries.

“That’s really what got me into the Church, was the Rosary,” she says. “So in my heart … I wanted to learn how to make them.”

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Today, The Little Catholic primarily sells Catholic jewelry.

“We focus on creating meaningful jewelry pieces that reflect the beauty of Catholicism and inspire deeper faith in a unique way, making it an integral part of my vocation as an artist,” she told Our Sunday Visitor.

She chose the name “The Little Catholic,” she added, because it reflects a way of life inspired by the saints.

“Throughout history, the saints humbly served without the desire for self-promotion,” she said, before referring to the patron saint of her business. “When I think of ‘The Little Catholic,’ I am reminded of figures like Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to helping the forgotten and those in need while praying and working tirelessly without seeking recognition.”

Katie Yoder

Katie Yoder is a contributing editor for Our Sunday Visitor.