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Bishop Requests Eucharistic Adoration for Pope’s Priesthood Anniversary

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge is asking Pastors and Pastoral Administrators in the Diocese to lead their faithful in offering 60 hours of Eucharistic Adoration this month. In a letter to parish leadership, Bishop Burbidge notes that the celebration of the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is on June 29, which is the day Pope Benedict XVI will mark his 60th anniversary of ordination to the Priesthood.

“As a spiritual observance of this important priestly anniversary and with the request of His Eminence, Maura Cardinal Piacenza, Prefect for the Congregation for Eucharistic Adoration, I ask that you lead the faithful of your parish in offering 60 hours of Eucharistic Adoration throughout this month,” the Bishop wrote. “He said the Adoration would be for “the sanctification of the clergy throughout the world and to petition from Our Lord, the gift of new and holy priestly vocations.” Bishop Burbidge suggested the hours culminate on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, July 1, 2011, which is observed as World Day of Prayer for Priests.

“It is my hope that this time of Diocesan prayer before Our Lord may not only bear many spiritual graces to move the hearts of young men among us to discern a priestly vocation,” Bishop Burbidge said, “but that this may also be a time of greater union of the faithful with the One Who is the real center of our lives and the one from Whom comes forth every missionary and pastoral effort in our Church.”