Welcome, Prayer and Overview

Bishop Lawrence Persico welcomes you!

A letter of welcome from Bishop Lawrence Persico in 2021

The process: An introduction to how events will unfold in the Diocese of Erie
What will diocesan participation look like? What might be expected in the first few months?

Prayer for the Synod

Every session of the Second Vatican Council began with the prayer Adsumus Sancte Spiritus, the first word of the Latin original meaning, “We stand before You, Holy Spirit,” which has been historically used at councils, synods and other church gatherings for hundreds of years. It is attributed to Saint Isidore of Seville, who was born c. 560. As we are called to embrace this path of Synod 2021-2023, this prayer, being prayed by Catholics in countries around the world, invites the Holy Spirit to operate within us so that we may be a community and a people of grace.

Prayer cards

Parishes and individuals can select from a variety of formats to download the prayer for their own use:

Single prayer card in English (PDF)

Four prayer cards in English (PDF)

Single prayer card in Spanish (PDF)

Four prayer cards in Spanish (PDF)

Prayer card for social media (JPG)