The Creators of Regan Kehoe rosaries are childhood friends and have always loved the sense of ritual and ceremony of their Catholic upbringing and convent education. While on a visit to Rome they looked in vain for beautiful rosary beads to give their mothers.
It was out of their disappointment at not finding the lovely rosaries they had imagined that the idea of Regan Kehoe was born.
Regan Kehoe have sourced precious and semi-precious stones and beads from around the world to craft rosaries of great beauty — rosaries that fulfil their fantasies and imaginations; beads such as they would choose to give to their mothers, to each other to mark their enduring friendship, and to friends and members of their extended family to mark a significant occasion.
Regan Kehoe rosaries are objects with an ancient heritage to mark contemporary rituals; they are heirlooms to be given and treasured. They come from a tradition of religion and prayer, but they can be used or given by anyone who wants to find peace, the calm of contemplation, or simply to still their soul.
Rosary beads create a mystical bridge between our modern lives and those of women and men in centuries past — a connection with everyone who has ever said, “Be still, my soul.”
Whether in the toil-worn hands of a medieval peasant, a factory worker of today, a washer woman, or a labourer; in the soft hands of a scholar, lawyer or Renaissance aristocrat; in those of the gentlewoman of old or a modern career woman — rosary beads have given tranquillity and a mood of peace.
What is it that gives prayer beads their universal appeal, age after age? Sculptures in India dating back to 185BC show Hindu sages holding prayer beads; Buddhists have fingered their meditation beads from ancient times, and Muslims their worry beads.
In the Christian tradition beads have always been associated with the rose, and the first rosary beads were made from rose petals. In old English the word ‘bead’ simply meant prayer. Chaucer, for instance, uses the word in this sense.
But it is the word ‘rosary’, meaning a garland of roses, that has captured the popular imagination and survives to this day.