Everything started with widespread eucharistic adoration and processions across the country on the solemnity of Corpus Christi 2022.
The first year of the revival focused on diocesan renewal. Individual dioceses across the country offered events to promote and inspire understanding of the Eucharist.
“Eucharistic missionaries” from all walks of life were also trained through online and in-person resources the initiative made available to teach about Christ and the real presence.
What happens next?
Each year is dedicated to serving a specific purpose in the National Eucharistic Revival’s mission. The first year of the movement was dedicated to diocesan revival.
The second year of the revival, which has now begun, is dedicated to fostering eucharistic devotion at the parish level.
The movement will culminate in two major events involving Catholics across the entire country. In the summer of 2024, thousands are expected to participate in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage beginning from each corner of the country and ending in Indianapolis for the National Eucharistic Congress July 17–24.
The third and final year, following the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, will be dedicated to the Church “going out on mission” to renew the world.
The pilgrimage organizers are calling it “our national Emmaus moment,” after the biblical passage in which Jesus walked with two of his disciples along the road to Emmaus.
Pilgrims will collectively carry the eucharistic Lord 6,500 miles, passing through major cities, holy sites, and countryside along the way.
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It will begin during the feast of Pentecost, May 17–19, 2024, from four origin points: San Francisco in the west; Bemidji, Minnesota, from the north; New Haven, Connecticut, from the east; and Brownsville, Texas, from the south.
All of the faithful are invited to join in for portions of the pilgrimage to walk with the eucharistic Jesus in cities and through the countryside across the nation.
Though everyone is invited to join the pilgrimage, four dozen full-time pilgrims from each corner of the U.S. will make the entire journey. These full-time pilgrims will be young adult Catholics ages 19–29. If you are a young adult interested in applying to be a full-time pilgrim, email email@example.com to be notified when the application goes live this summer.
Read more about the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage here.
The National Eucharistic Congress will be “a defining moment in our generation,” according to the website for the event.