Bishop John Noonan is visiting Pope Benedict XVI from May 4-12 in Vatican City, as part of a periodic visit called “ad limina apostolorum,” which means “to the thresholds of the apostles” Peter and Paul.
During the “ad limina” visit, Bishop Noonan will pray at the tomb of St. Peter before meeting with the Holy Father and various officials about an update of our diocese, including evangelization, catechesis, education and the future of the Church. The visit is also an occasion for Church leaders such as Bishop Noonan to draw inspiration as well as guidance from the center of Catholicism, and an opportunity to receive feedback and advice.
“It is a sign of your commitment to the Church and being in unity with the Holy Father,” Bishop Noonan said.
In addition to meetings, the bishop will also concelebrate Mass with the pope each day
Bishops from around the world return to the Holy See every five years. Bishop Noonan will be joined by other bishops from Region XIV, which includes dioceses in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina.
Below is part of a prayer that you can pray to ask for God’s blessing upon Bishop Noonan during his visit to the Vatican.
Blessed Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – you are the source of all life, salvation and holiness. Together with the bishops of our country, we pray to you as they make their pilgrimage “to the threshold” of the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul in Rome. May this be a time of blessing for them, for our dioceses and for our country. We pray especially for our bishop, Most Reverend John Noonan. May God the Father’s love be upon him as he travels.
Father, through the Holy Spirit, we make this prayer in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever. Amen.