Bishop Michael O. Jackels will celebrate a special Mass at 5:30 p.m. today, Friday, March 1, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
The Mass will be said in thanksgiving for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI, to ask the Lord to bless his retirement, and to beg the Holy Spirit to guide the cardinals in their choice of Peter’s Successor.
The faithful from throughout the Diocese of Wichita are invited to attend.
“Our prayers are with the Holy Father as he prepares for this transition and the new circumstances of his life,” Bishop Jackels said.
“Our prayers are also with the College of Cardinals as preparations are made to elect the new pope. We pray that God the Holy Spirit will guide them to choose a pastor after the heart of Jesus, and one who has the physical, intellectual and spiritual strength to walk in the shoes of the fisherman.”
Pope Benedict’s resignation was effective at 1 p.m. CST, on Thursday, Feb. 28. He is now the bishop emeritus of Rome.