Bishop Donald DeGrood offered prayers of consecration for our diocese to Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Joseph at a Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As our spiritual mother, Mary is the patroness of the Americas, and St. Joseph, as a spiritual father, is patron of our diocese and the Universal Church.
In a statement announcing the Mass, Bishop DeGrood said, “By consecrating our diocese to these two amazing spiritual advocates, protectors and intercessors, we can be assured of great spiritual fruitfulness in our diocese and in souls who are open to the amazing transformational love of God.”
The statement went on to say that through these prayers, our bishop—who is our spiritual father and high priest of the diocese—is praying in a profound way for us as his flock, that we will be freed from the temptation of our spiritual foes in order to live in the freedom of the children of God, which we are by our baptism. And by praying the prayers of consecration with Bishop DeGrood, we can participate in this great spiritual work.
If you would like to view and pray the prayers of consecration, you can find them at sfcatholic.org/bishop-degrood/consecration-prayers-for-the-diocese-of-sioux-falls.