28 February 2013
As our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI resigns as Pope today, he goes forth with the prayer and support of the entire St. Patrick's Seminary & University community. Finding it necessary and important at this stage of declining health and stamina, the Pope has chosen, and the first time a pope has done so in nearly six hundred years, to resign in order that the Church may with energy, fidelity and enthusiasm carry out her mission in these crucial and fast-moving times.
Holy Father, you retire to a life of prayer for the Church and the world and we are grateful for everything you have given us. We are grateful for your leadership, your remarkable preaching and teaching and for your tremdous act of humility as you begin this phase of your life as Pope Emeritus. You have left us with a humble and courageous example. Now, the Seminary joins you in prayer for the Holy Spirit's acting through the College of Cardinals and the selection of your successor. Ad multos annos Holy Father!