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We continue to wait for a new bishop

Join us in watching the Vatican Information Service for the latest news: http://www.vatican.va/news_services/press/vis/vis_en.html as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon eagerly awaits the appointment of a new bishop.

Meanwhile, the proclamation of the gospel and the ministry and mission of the Church across the diocese continues, says Diocesan Administrator Rev. Kevin McGee, who was selected to lead the diocese in the time between bishops. He took on the new role with the installation of former bishop Most Rev. Donald Bolen as Archbishop of Regina Oct. 14, 2016.

There is a longing to once again have a shepherd with the appointment of the eighth bishop for the diocese, says Fr. McGee.

During a recent visit to Rome for the Ad Limina visit of Western Canadian bishops and archbishops, a visit to the Congregation of Bishops stands out for Fr. McGee, who attended as the representative from Saskatoon diocese. "It gave me some insight into what that process is about, and really the seriousness -- obviously -- that is applied, and the discernment process of ultimately choosing the one who will be the bishop of a diocese -- and hopefully, soon, a bishop of our diocese," says Fr. McGee.

"We learned how a diocese needs a bishop – how a diocese without a bishop leaves the people somehow orphaned."

That "orphaned"image resonated for McGee, who suggests this time of waiting helps us recognize the value and importance of having a bishop. "We are a church that expresses itself through the leadership of a bishop, these shepherds that connect us to the universal church. So, not only from the bottom up do we feel orphaned, but from the top down we also lose that link," he says.

"That longing is beginning to express itelf with a heightened sense of readiness -- a deep readiness." He asked the faithful to continue to pray for the diocese, and for our future bishop.

 

PRAYER FOR A NEW BISHOP

Praise to you, Lord our God, our eternal shepherd and guide.

In your faithfulness, grant to the Diocese of Saskatoon

a shepherd whose watchful care and kindly zeal

will continue the good work of his predecessors.

In your love for us, give us a shepherd who will lead us

in being Christ’s heart of mercy,

voice of hope, and hands of justice.

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.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

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