Upon Bishop Michael O. Jackels' installment as Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita became a "vacant see". The Diocese of Wichita will remain a "vacant see" until a new bishop is named by His Holiness, Pope Francis. That bishop will become the eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Wichita, which was established in 1887.
Prayer during the Time
of the Vacant Episcopal See
of the Diocese of Wichita in Kansas
O God, eternal Father, you always shepherd your flock with unfailing care.
In your boundless love, bless and strengthen our diocesan administrator who is called to watch over our diocese as we await a new bishop.
In your boundless love, grant a new pastor for your Church in the Diocese of Wichita – one who will please you by his holiness and embrace the flock you entrust to him with fatherly love and compassion. May he be a faithful teacher of the gospel, a holy priest of sacred worship, and one who serves as he governs.
In your boundless love, grant us grace to remain faithful throughout the months ahead; open our ears to discern your voice in those who lead us and give us steadfast hearts to pray without ceasing.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.