Please join the College in praying the following novena, authored by Chaplain Rev. Cornelius M. Buckley, S.J., for our cardinals as they prepare to elect a new Holy Father. The novena will begin on Monday, March 4 and run through Tuesday, March 12:

Heavenly Father, You have given your church a renewal of strength during the pontificate of our beloved Pope Benedict XVI. Now at this time, when the waves of fear and uncertainty threaten the Bark of Peter, we ask you to bestow on the selected oarsmen, who will choose the new captain to steer it in your ways, the gifts of counsel, courage and discernment. Keep this fragile bark under the protection of Mary, St. Peter, and the saintly popes of the past. This we ask in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, our sovereign king and head of your church. Amen.

One Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Rembrandt's Storm on the Sea of Galilee

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Rembrandt (1633)