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Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles
Reverend Michael J.K. Fuller, S.Th.D. Theresa Ridderhoff, M.Ed.
General Secretary Anthony R. Picarello, Esq.
Associate General Secretaries
To: All Bishops
From: Reverend Michael J.K. Fuller, General Secretary
Date: March 17, 2022
Subject: Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Your Eminence / Your Excellency,
I am pleased to share the attached copy of a letter from His Excellency Most Reverend Christophe
Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, regarding the Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25th.
3339 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, N.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20008-3610
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
17 March 2022
Prot. N. 16053/22
In the context of the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine, the Holy Father, Pope
Francis will lead an Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart
of Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25th next.
The Holy Father intends to invite each Bishop, or equivalent in law, together with
his priests, to join in this act of consecration, if possible, at an hour corresponding to 5pm
Rome time. In the coming days, the Holy Father will address a letter of invitation to the
Bishops, enclosing the text of the Prayer of Consecration in the various languages. I write
now, asking you to inform the members of the USCCB and, through them, the priests of
the various dioceses and eparchies of the country, about the Holy Father’s invitation.
The same information will be shared with the federal authorities in Washington,
D.C. and with the Diplomatic Corps of this capital. An invitation is being extended to the
members of the same Corps to attend a Mass offered by Cardinal Wilton Gregory,
Archbishop of Washington, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate
Conception at 12 noon on Friday, March 25th next.
Grateful for your collaboration, I assure you of my good wishes and remain
Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles
President of the USCCB
3211 Fourth St N.E.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20017
As you can tell from the memo and the letter, this is all rather rushed. I may write a post explaining a bit the timeline of all this, then another on the naysayers, then another on our Lady having spoken about it being too late. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, pray the rosary for participation of the bishops and the priests.
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