Bishop Walter Hurley shares message with parishioners as he prepares for USCCB General Assembly next week

SAGINAW — The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw shares the following message from Bishop Walter A. Hurley, Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Saginaw, as he participates in a seven-day period of prayer and reparation leading up to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 2018 Fall General Assembly, which takes place November 12-14 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dear Parishioners, 

The U.S. bishops are joining together in a commitment of prayer and reparation leading up to the bishops’ general assembly, where we will be making critical decisions in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. Bishops across the nation are dedicating themselves to days of intensified prayer and fasting, from Monday, November 5, through Sunday, November 11. The intentions for this period of prayer and sacrifice are three-fold:
• For the healing and support of all victims of clergy sexual abuse.

• For the conversion and just punishment of perpetrators and concealers of sexual abuse.

• For the strength of the bishops to be holy shepherds in protecting and leading our sheep from all harm 

If you feel called to do so, you are welcome to join me in praying for these intentions. I would also be grateful for any prayers for me and my brother bishops during our general assembly, that we may follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit in responding to the tragedy of clergy sexual abuse in the Church.

Please be assured of my prayers for you, as well.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Rev. Walter A. Hurley 

Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Saginaw