Co-Cathedral of Saint Thomas More
19 APRIL 2010. This week is a week of retreat and reflection for the priests of our diocese.They are meeting with our bishop, John Ricard, S.S.J., who is fighting the good fight to recover from ill health. Mass today in Tallahassee was only offered at my home parish of Good Shepherd by a retired priest who lives nearby.
So, a word of thanks for all our wonderful priests of the diocese, and a word of thanks and encouragement to Bishop Ricard for his tremendous pastoral leadership. In many ways I have personally seen his leadership of the diocese bring a blessing of increased faith and an increase in the sacraments.
You have blessed the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
with many faithful and wonderful workers for the vineyard,
and the life of the Church here has blossomed
under their care, and for Your Glory.
Grant, we beseech Thee, to look over and guard our priests.
Keep them strong in their ministry;
preserve them from doubt and sin;
and provide for them every grace in abundance to serve You
and Your people, the Body of Christ.