If the comments I've received so far on the appointment to Maitland-Newcastle are on the mark, sounds like we haven't been praying hard enough!
More potential bishop vacancies to pray over
Whether or not that proves to be the case, there are currently two more bishoprics waiting (nominally at least) to be filled - Sandhurst and Wilcannia-Forbes.
In addition, Bishop Matthys of Armidale is already over the age of retirement.
Auxiliary Bishop Power of Canberra has indicated he wants to retire early.
There are three Archdioceses where the bishop turns 75 this year, viz Perth (16 April), Brisbane (26 July) and Hobart (16 November). And Ballarat comes up in March next year.
So I'd like to suggest a renewed effort at praying for the support of priests who say the traditional Mass for us, for the selection of good bishops to govern the Church, and the conversion of priests and bishops.
Accordingly, I'm going to highlight these issues in the right hand column, provide some regular prompts to prayer.
Pray for the bishop-designate and his people
In the meantime however, I'd like to suggest praying for the Newcastle dicese. Here is the collect for prelates and their people which might be suitable (text and translaton from the Baronius Missal):
"Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui facis mirabilia magna solus: praetende super famulos tuos, et super congregationes illis commissas, spiritum gratiae salutaris; et, ut in veritate tibi complaceant, perpetuum eis rorem tuae benedictionis infunde. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum, Amen.
Almighty and eternal God, who alone works great marvels, send down upon Thy servants and upon the flocks entrusted to them, the spirit of Thy saving grace, and that they may please Thee in truth, pour forth upon them the continual dew of Thy blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end, Amen."