The text is adapted from a prayer by the late Mary Ann Schoettly, RCWP:Ever present God; open the hearts and minds of all people, and inspire us to use the unique gifts you have given us for loving service to each other.
We pray especially now, for those women whose gifts are best suited to serve your Church as ordained priests.Empower them with courage as they answer your call and strengthen them for humble service, great compassion, and insightful wisdom.
Support them through their ministries and enlighten the leadership of your Church to practice the equality that Jesus modeled to embrace all people whom you have gifted for sacramental service.Strengthen your Holy Spirit within those you have chosen for priestly ministry. May they answer your call and follow you with generous hearts.We ask this in the name of Jesus, who called Mary Magdalene and Phoebe-as well as Peter and Paul-to be ministers in the early Christian communities. Amen.