Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 16, 2022 / 09:02 am
When a 2019 Pew survey revealed that only 31% of Catholics believe in a basic tenet of their faith — that the Body and Blood of Christ are truly, really, and substantially present in the Eucharist — the U.S. Catholic bishops decided to take action.
At the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2021, the bishops called for a multi-year National Eucharistic Revival to restore and promote an understanding of and devotion to the Eucharist. The initiative will culminate in a National Eucharistic Congress in 2024, which the bishops hope will be attended by more than 80,000 Catholics.
A ‘playbook’ for Catholic leaders
As a first step, the team organizing the revival released a “playbook” to assist diocesan leaders, priests, and Catholic school administrators in coming up with plans to stoke up fervor for the Eucharist within their communities.