Faithful asked to unite in prayer with the Holy Father for peaceful resolution in Ukraine

W H A T | Rosary Novena and Participation in Consecration

W H E N | March 17-March 25

W H E R E | March 25 Mass at Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains

Release Date:  March 17, 2022

Faithful asked to unite in prayer with the Holy Father and Catholics around the World for peaceful resolution in Ukraine

The following letter has been released from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati:

March 17, 2022

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

In response to the Holy Father’s announcement that he will consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, I invite all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to pray for the intention of a swift and peaceful resolution to the war in Ukraine.

Please join me in praying a Rosary novena over the nine days beginning today, March 17, and culminating on March 25 at the 11:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains. During this Mass, we will be spiritually united to Pope Francis and Catholics around the world in asking for our Blessed Mother’s intercession for the end to this tragic conflict. Mass will be followed by the public recitation of the Rosary, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be available until Benediction at 5:00 p.m.

For all who are unable to come to the Cathedral Basilica, please offer your daily prayers and, if possible, participation at Mass in your parish for these intentions on March 25.

May the Immaculate Heart of Mary, through her powerful intercession, lead to the conversion of hearts and minds and peace throughout the world, especially at this time in Ukraine.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

 The Mass will be live-streamed and can be viewed here.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 44th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with more than 440,000 Catholics, and has the fifth largest Catholic school system in terms of enrollment with more than 40,000 students.  The 19-county territory includes 208 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

Act of Entrustment and Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

“Our Mother for all time,

do not tire of ‘visiting us,’

consoling us, sustaining us.

Come to our aid

and deliver us from every danger

that threatens us.

With this act of entrustment and consecration,

we wish to welcome you

more deeply, more radically,

for ever and totally

into our lives.

Let your presence cause new blooms to burst forth

in the desert of our loneliness,

let it cause the sun to shine on our darkness,

let it restore calm after the tempest,

so that all mankind shall see the salvation

of the Lord,

who has the name and the face of Jesus,

who is reflected in our hearts,

for ever united to yours!


— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, given at Most Holy Trinity Church, Fatima, 2010