From June 13-15, 2002, the Bishops of the United States of America will be gathering in Dallas, Texas for three days or prayer and deliberation in order to assure the safety of children, address the problem of clergy sexual abuse, and formulate concrete initiatives for the future.
During the forty-six hours the Bishops will be meeting in Dallas, you are invited to pray for victims of clergy sexual abuse, and for the Bishops, that God might send his Holy Spirit to grant them the wisdom and courage to do his holy will at this critical moment in the life of the Church.
Parish communities, individuals and groups of the faithful may gather together to pray in the course of these days in many different ways.
- During the Bishops' meeting, Bishops, victims of sexual abuse, and others will spend forty eight hours in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, asking the Lord Jesus to bring healing and peace to victims and to be present to our Bishops. Parishes, religious communities, and other groups might well conduct continuous adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during this same time, beginning with a Mass designed to coincide with the Opening Mass for the Bishops' Meeting at 7:00am on Thursday, June 13th and concluding forty eight hours later with a Mass on Saturday morning at 7:00am. The booklet of scriptures, prayers and meditations which will be used during this Eucharistic Adoration at the Bishops' meeting is available for free download on this website and may be reproduced free of charge (Vigil Prayers) (in .pdf format). (Download Acrobat Reader).
- During the Bishops' meeting, parishes, religious communities, and other groups of the faithful might gather for celebrations of the Liturgy of the Hours at the same hours observed by the Bishops. The texts for the Masses on Thursday morning, Friday evening, and Saturday morning are available on this website. The texts of Morning Prayer and Mid-Afternoon Prayer for these days as they will be prayed by the Bishops is also available.
- Other Prayers and Devotions are particularly appropriate during these days. Individuals might pray one of the prayers in the Vigil booklet, offer a rosary each day for the intentions of the Church, or spend time in quirt prayer before the Blessed Sacrament to the extent their schedule allows.