Novena for Bishop-Elect


Join us in praying a novena for Bishop-Elect Douglas J. Lucia, eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse. Download a pdf here. The novena beings July 31, 2019. The Mass and Installation is on August 8, 2019. Learn more about a novena prayer at the bottom and find options to watch the Mass and installation of Bishop-elect Douglas J. Lucia.

Novena Prayer for Bishop-Elect Douglas J. Lucia

Praise to you merciful and loving GOD. We rejoice in the gift to our diocese of Bishop-Elect Douglas J. Lucia.

May he lead us with a shepherd’s care and call us to go beyond ourselves to serve a world in need. May his example remind us of what it means to be Christ’s heart of mercy, voice of hope to the hopeless, and hands of justice.

May he fill our minds and hearts with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments, and the desire to build up your holy Church.

In your faithfulness and love bless us all in this time of transition and change. We pray for renewed zeal for the Church of Syracuse to be a light to the world.

May the Spirit of the Lord be upon Bishop-Elect Douglas J. Lucia and give him courage and strength as he is ordained the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse. We pray, in the name of Jesus!


Say 1: Our Father…

Say 1: Hail Mary…

Say 1: Glory Be…


Solemn Evening Prayer with Bishop Lucia

Wednesday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

Cathedral of Immaculate Conception

All are welcome to attend evening prayer (vespers) at the Cathedral.

Ordination/Installation of Bishop Douglas J. Lucia

Thursday, August 8 at 2 p.m.  

Cathedral of Immaculate Conception  

Due to limited seating, this is a ticketed event.   

Where to Watch the Mass and Installation on August 8?

  • Live Stream on Syracuse Diocese YouTube channel:

  • Live on Ch. 9.2, which is also Spectrum 1240, Verizon Fios 490 and New Visions channel 23 and live stream on

  • Telecast live on Spectrum News, in Central NY, Northern NY and the Southern Tier. Spectrum News is available to Spectrum cable customers throughout the region on both channels 1 and 200.

There may be additional places to watch as the date draws near.  The list will be updated on the diocesan website: and click on Installation/Ordination Information. 

What is a novena?

 A Novena is a prayer and meditation that is said for a specific intention for nine days. This prayer intention will be prayed with Catholics across our diocese and beyond for Bishop-elect Lucia.


Why pray a novena? 

Novenas are an ancient tradition that goes back to the days of the Apostles. Jesus told His disciples to pray together after His ascension into heaven, so they went to an upper room along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, (Acts 1:14) and joined constantly in prayer for nine days. These 9 days of constant prayer by the Apostles at the direction of Jesus led up to Pentecost. This is when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples as“tongues of fire” (Acts 2:1-4). This pattern of 9 days of prayer is the basis the novenas we pray today. Thus, the novena is an imitation of the Lord’s command to the Apostles when they prayed for 9 days in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit.


How do I pray a novena? 

Begin by quieting yourself. After a moment of silence, begin your prayer with the sign of the cross. Pray the words of the Novena with reverence & intention. Follow the prayer with the Lord’s Prayer, a Hail Mary & a Glory Be.


What happens if I miss a day?

If you a miss a day, you can do one of a few things... You can either: 1) skip the day you missed altogether, 2) say two of the daily prayers in one day to catch up, or 3) say the prayer of the day you missed and just be one day behind everybody else. It’s up to you, and whatever you choose to do is okay. There are no “rules” and there are no “consequences.” God is forgiving and merciful!