The National Eucharistic Revival is a call for catechists to be more intentional about catechizing and evangelizing about the Eucharist.
The invitation to take part in the revival is an invitation from people. It is a call to action for all baptized Catholics and not just a program that the dioceses and parishes will run in the name of the Bishops’ Conference. Catechists must be ready in the next few years to give witness to faith in the Eucharist and to be people who invite others to come back to Jesus and the Eucharist.
The Eucharistic Revival was launched on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Feast of Corpus Christi dates to the middle of the 13th century. The origin of the feast day is an incredible story of a Eucharistic miracle, an appeal by Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, and a granting by Pope Urban IV. Saint Thomas Aquinas made several appeals to Pope Urban IV that there be a feast day to highlight the Eucharist. The feast began at a critical time theologically in the Church and helped balance the sacramental meaning of the Real Presence in the Eucharist. The feast, therefore, is a fitting time to kick off the Eucharistic Revival.
The revival is a multi-year initiative:
The first year, between June 19, 2022, and June 11, 2023, will focus on diocesan revival, inviting diocesan staff, bishops, and priests to respond and support them as they outreach at the diocesan level with congresses and events.
The second year of the Revival, between June 11, 2023, and July 17, 2024, will focus on parish revival, including celebration of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, missions, and through resources and preaching, at the parish level. There will be a National Eucharistic Conference between July 17 and 21, 2024.
The third year of the Revival will be a national year of mission, an opportunity to go out and share with others, inspired by the Holy Spirit. This mission-focused year will begin on July 21, 2024, and end on the feast of Pentecost, 2025.
Two important groups that will be involved in the Revival are Eucharistic preachers and Eucharistic missionaries that will be trained and formed so that they can teach and evangelize about the Eucharist in parishes and dioceses. There will be 100,000 Eucharistic missionaries!
Formation is available through a Eucharistic renewal track hosted by Franciscan University’s Catechetical Institute. Sadlier has formed a partnership with Franciscan University to sponsor the Eucharistic Renewal track that will help to form these 100,000 Eucharistic missionaries. (Check out a CHATechesis episode with Bill Keimig, Assistant Director of Franciscan University’s Catechetical Institute, about this innovative partnership and the Institute’s role in forming ministers!)
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