PLEASE PRAY THE SPES PRAYER ON
SEPTEMBER 21-23rd, 2022 FOR THE 38 BISHOPS ATTENDING
THE BISHOPS CONFERENCE ON EVANGELIZING DIOCESES.

The SPES Prayer

Our Father in heaven, may Your will for the salvation of souls unfold in the world today. May Your Love be etched on our hearts and the hearts of our neighbors, so all come to know the Way, the Truth, and eternal Life with You, as Your grace lifts us up in fellowship and communion with Your Son.

Jesus Christ, our brother and Lord on earth and in heaven, may we fulfill our mission, the Great Commission, which You gave us as your parting gift. May our hearts burn with gratitude for transforming love for the Holy Trinity and for souls.

Come Holy Spirit, inspire our bishops, the apostolic leaders of Your Church, as “fishers of men”. May You guide them in the blessing of the New Evangelization. With their paths lit by tongues of fire, may our bishops lead the faithful in the perfection of the Father’s plan for salvation.

O come Holy Spirit, O come Holy Spirit. As Missionary Disciples in service of our Lord, lift our hearts that they may be one with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of our most holy mother Mary.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

“GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS…” (MT 28:19)

The St. Paul Evangelization Society is a Catholic apostolate committed to supporting bishops in their mission of diocesan evangelization through prayer, gifted financial support and consulting resources, and fostering missionary disciples.
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Welcome to the St. Paul Evangelization Society. And while that can be a mouthful, we also answer to SPES–which just so happens to be the Latin word for Hope.

St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Church in Rome, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). We are each to be filled with SPES (hope) so that we may overflow with SPES (hope) by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to carry SPES (hope) to a hopeless world. What an awesome privilege we have as believers!

And yet we need help in this mission. Jesus spent three years pouring Himself into the lives of twelve men who were then to lead the flock of Christ. The successors of these twelve are our current bishops. We need the help of our bishops to lead us and equip us in sharing SPES–hope–with those who are in need.

That is what we are about. The St. Paul Evangelization Society is an apostolate specifically for bishops. We want to serve our shepherds through prayer and resources to help them in their primary mission of making us fishers of men and women. We invite you to share in these resources, but most of all, to join us in praying for bishops around the world.

Welcome to SPES. Welcome to hope!