Prayer of Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice, USA

Loving Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, you gather us together in this time and place. Send your Spirit to be with us, and open our hearts to do your will.
As we make this journey as a lay, pontifical organization, dedicated to evangelizing your word through Catholic social teaching, we trust that you will guide us. Help us with your grace to embrace this new evangelization with faith and love. May it empower us to recognize you and to bear witness to your presence in the world.
We ask this through the intercession of our founder St. John Paul the Great and Our Lady of Fatima with her son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.



RESOLUTION by the Board of Directors of Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice, Inc.

WHEREAS, Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice is marked by a special relationship with its founder, Pope John Paul II; and

WHEREAS, this organization is dedicated to implementing Catholic Social Teaching about which His Holiness, Pope John Paul II has said, “the Church’s social teaching is itself a valid instrument of evangelization.” [Centesimus Annus (54)]; and

WHEREAS, Pope John Paul II has stated that Mary is “present in the Church’s work of introducing into the world the Kingdom of her Son.” [Redemptoris Mater (28)]; and

WHEREAS, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, DC and National Ecclesiastical Counselor, with the active and strong support of Bishop William E. Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut the Assistant Ecclesiastical Counselor, dedicated its efforts to our Holy Mother at a Mass celebrating its first meeting in the United States on 27 October 2001; and

WHEREAS, Pope John Paul II has demonstrated a special devotion to our Holy Mother, especially her appearance at Fatima.

NOW THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED that we dedicate this organization to Our Lady of Fatima and will commemorate her feast yearly, in May, with prayers and Mass rededicating our efforts to implement the Church’s Social Teaching under her patronage.
Taken at this organization’s Annual Meeting this 7th day of June in the year 2004 at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC, USA.

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