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Dear Friends,  

The Jesuits hope that 2023 will be healthy and blessed for all of you. We are deeply grateful for your decision to be companions in the Jesuit journey spreading the Good News of the Lord.

The faithful from around the world have once again suggested papal prayer intentions for the year.  After the Pope’s prayers and discernment, the Pope’s official set of monthly prayer intentions have been published.  We felt it was important to share these, with all of you, as we enter the new year.

JANUARYFor educators
We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.

FEBRUARYFor parishes
We pray that parishes, placing communion at the centre, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.

MARCHFor victims of abuse
We pray for those who have suffered harm from members of the Church; may they find within the Church herself a concrete response to their pain and suffering.

APRILFor a culture of peace and nonviolence
We pray for the spread of peace and nonviolence, by decreasing the use of weapons by States and citizens.

MAY – For church movements and groups
We pray that Church movements and groups may rediscover their mission of evangelization each day, placing their own charisms at the service of needs in the world.

JUNEFor the abolition of torture
We pray that the international community may commit in a concrete way to ensuring the abolition of torture and guarantee support to victims and their families.

JULYFor a Eucharistic life
We pray that Catholics may place the celebration of the Eucharist at the heart of their lives, transforming human relationships in a very deep way and opening to the encounter with God and all their brothers and sisters.

AUGUSTFor World Youth Day
We pray the World Youth Day in Lisbon will help young people to live and witness the Gospel in their own lives.

SEPTEMBERFor people living on the margins
We pray for those persons living on the margins of society, in inhumane life conditions; may they not be overlooked by institutions and never considered of lesser importance.

OCTOBERFor the Synod
We pray for the Church, that she may adopt listening and dialogue as a lifestyle at every level and allow herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit towards the peripheries of the world.

NOVEMBERFor the Pope
We pray for the Holy Father; as he fulfills his mission, may he continue to accompany the flock entrusted to him, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

DECEMBERFor persons with disabilities
We pray that people living with disabilities may be at the centre of attention in society, and that institutions may offer inclusive programs which value their active participation.

Respectfully Yours in Christ,

Scott McMaster
Director of Advancement

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