Dear Heavenly Father, we implore Your mercy on the Diocese of Des Moines. Please send the Holy Spirit to give clear direction to Pope Francis as he discerns who will be our next bishop.
May our new bishop fill our minds and hearts with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the Sacraments, and the desire to build up Your holy Church.
Prepare the hearts and souls of the people in our diocese, as well as the priests, deacons and seminarians to accept our new bishop and honor him as Your shepherd.
We also ask You to reward Bishop Pates for his faithful obedience to You, and guide him on this next phase of his life. Keep him safe and healthy in his retirement, continuing to serve You.
Grant these things, we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.