The Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will gather in Rome from Oct. 4 – 29, 2023, to continue dialogue on the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.”
In preparation, Bishop Walkowiak is extending an invitation from the General Secretariat of the Synod to observe a moment of prayer on Wednesday, May 31, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, placing the Synod under Mary’s protection.
Bishop Walkowiak invites the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the diocese to participate in this special opportunity by praying a rosary followed by the prayer, attached, at any point during the day on May 31.
Prayer Entrusting the Synod to Mary:
O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, as the disciples gathered around you to await the coming of the Holy Spirit, so we entrust ourselves to your protection as we seek to follow that same Spirit on the path of synodality.
Obtain for us, by your powerful intercession, grace to deepen our communion with our Lord and one another, charity to welcome full participation of all the baptized in the life of the Church, and courage to engage in Christ’s mission to the world.
Guide our bishops as they assemble this October, that they may build up the household of faith as they shepherd us along the way to eternal life in Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.