Lord Jesus,

you are the Good Shepherd

who laid down your life for your sheep.

As the Good Shepherd,

you call other leaders

to guide and care for your flock.

We pray that you send forth

your Holy Spirit

to inspire your Church

in selecting a new Bishop

for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

May he be a shepherd,

after your own heart,

who will lead us

to deepen our love for you

and for each other.

May he guide us

to create the unity you intend

for our entire human family

as one flock with one shepherd.

We pray this in your name,

Jesus Christ,

our Shepherd and Lord.