Almighty God and Father, we the members
of the Archdiocese of Hartford thank you
for the gift of our Catholic faith.
As we look to the future during this time of pastoral
planning, we ask you to bless us with the gifts of the Holy
Spirit to discern wisely a way forward to meet today's
challenges and opportunities.
May the virtue of prudence guide our efforts to be good
stewards of the legacy we have inherited from those whose
vision in the past helped establish our beloved Archdiocese
and its parishes, schools and institutions.
May the virtue of justice ensure that the voices of the faithful
of every generation, ethnicity, state in life, and community
in the Archdiocese be heard, welcomed and respected.
May the virtue of fortitude confirm us in our resolve to
acknowledge and address the spiritual and practical
realities of our day, and to position ourselves for a
more vibrant future.
May the virtue of temperance help us to look beyond
our individual interests and concerns for the sake of the
common good of the whole Church in our Archdiocese
and its mission to draw all people to Christ.
At the intercession of Blessed Mary, our Mother, and Saint
Joseph her spouse and our patron, may we discern and
implement what is truly best for the whole Church and
for all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.