Adopt-a-Bishop

{Divine Mercy Spiritual Adoption}

“It is better that scandals arise than the truth be suppressed.”

— St. Gregory the Great, Homilies on Ezekiel

Help answer the call to prayer for healing in the Catholic Church.

We pray each Bishop has the humility and courage to defend the faith and submit to Christ's will in this time of crisis.

Let's flood our bishops with prayers, notes, & the Divine Mercy image.

Just follow 3 easy steps

STEP 1

Choose a bishop from the list and pledge to pray for him.

(Currently limited to bishops in the United States or Pope Francis)

STEP 2

Pray for your selected bishop:

- Offer one Mass for the bishop

(how do I do this?)

- Pray one Rosary

(how do I do this?)

- Pray one Chaplet of Divine Mercy

(how do I do this?)

- Pray Saint Faustina's Prayer for Priests

(how do I do this?)

STEP 3

Contact your selected bishop with a letter or our printable form.

Feel free to personalize your form with a personalized note, Divine Mercy image, prayer cards, Miraculous medals, etc.

"I do not think there are many among Bishops that will be saved, but many more that perish" - St. John Chrysostom, Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles, Homily III

So far, pledges to spiritually adopt bishops include...

  • Pope Francis
  • Bishop Robert J. Baker, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Bishop John Stephen Pazak CSsR, Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Bishop Michael C. Barber SJ, Oakland, California
  • Bishop Robert W. McElroy, San Diego, California
  • Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, San Francisco, California
  • Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, Los Angeles, California
  • Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Bishop William Wack CSC, Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida
  • Bishop Daniel R. Jenky CSC, Peoria, Illinois
  • Bishop David J. Malloy, Rockford, Illinois
  • Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Chicago, Illinois
  • Bishop George J. Rassas, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Chicago, Illinois
  • Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, Joliet, Illinois
  • Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana
  • Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Detroit, Michigan
  • Bishop Earl A. Boyea, Lansing, Michigan
  • Bishop Robert P. Reed, Auxiliary Bishop, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bishop John M. LeVoir, New Ulm, Minnesota
  • Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda, Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Bishop Paul D. Sirba, Duluth, Minnesota
  • Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Bishop Joseph G. Hanefeldt, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz, Bishop Emeritus, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Bishop James F. Checchio, Metuchen, New Jersey
  • Cardinal Joseph William Tobin CSsR, Newark, New Jersey
  • Bishop Gregory John Mansour, Brooklyn, New York
  • Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, Albany, New York
  • Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, New York, New York
  • Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Brooklyn, New York
  • Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Bishop George V. Murry SJ, Youngstown, Ohio
  • Archbishop Alexander K. Sample, Portland, Oregon
  • Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM, Cap, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Bishop Martin D. Holley, Bishop Emeritus, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Bishop J. Mark Spalding, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, Tyler, Texas
  • Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Austin, Texas
  • Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller MSpS, San Antonio, Texas
  • Bishop Michael J. Sis, San Angelo, Texas
  • Bishop Michael Mulvey, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Bishop Edward J. Burns, Dallas, Texas
  • Bishop J. Gregory Kelly, Auxiliary Bishop, Dallas, Texas
  • Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Galveston-Houston, Texas
  • Bishop Thomas A. Daly, Spokane, Washington
  • Archbishop William E. Lori, Apostolic Administrator, Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia

"Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their Confreres. The Church and altars will be vandalized. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord." - Message of Our Lady of Akita, third message, October 13, 1973

“It is our duty to denounce as strongly as we can heretical and schismatic sects and their leaders. It is an act of charity to cry out against the wolf when he is among the sheep, wherever he is." - St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, Part III (Image Classics Edition)

"On Our part We have denounced and condemned [Modernists'] scheming. They are proposing a universal apostasy even worse than the one that threatened the age of Charles [Borromeo]. It is worse, We say, because it stealthily creeps into the very veins of the Church, hides there, and cunningly pushes erroneous principles to their ultimate conclusions." - Pope St. Pius X, Editae Saepe (Encyclical on St. Charles Borromeo)

"Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops, and your religious act like religious." - Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus, 1972

How else can I get involved?

Some options for similar prayer/action efforts you can consider:

Join Salva Fidem (on Twitter) organizing a prayer gathering in Vatican Square, February 21 - 28, 2019.

Watch video coverage of the Silence Stops Now Rally held near the USCCB National Conference, Baltimore MD, November 12 - 15, 2018

Are you or someone you know been a victim of clergy abuse? Find resources here to get help: