The Bishops of the United States are calling for a three-year grassroots revival of devotion and belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. They believe that God wants to see a movement of Catholics across the United States, healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—and sent out in mission “for the life of the world.” This National Eucharistic Revival will take place from Corpus Christi 2022 to Pentecost 2025.
AN INVITATION FROM BISHOP DA CUNHA
“By first receiving the Eucharist – the true presence of Christ in real and substantial matter – we are transformed into the Body of Christ, the Church. Without it, we cannot be the individuals, the Catholics, nor the Church God calls us to be. In a phrase, the Eucharist is essential to discipleship, and therefore to evangelization. Therefore, we must make a priority the evangelization of Christ’s Eucharistic Presence, which we encounter at Mass and then live out as Church in society by being ‘commissioned’ to go out at the end of Mass.
To this end…I invite all people to take part in this Eucharistic Renewal for our Church.”
– Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V.
“Journeying Together: With Jesus on the Path of Faith and Hope”
The National Eucharistic Revival was launched in the Diocese of Fall River with the celebration of the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., was principal celebrant at homilist for the liturgy, which was offered in the auditorium of Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River. An outdoor Eucharistic Procession on the school campus followed the Mass. The event concluded with recitation of the Rosary and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Diocesan Secretary for the New Evangelization David Carvalho interviews Father Roger J. Landry of the Diocese of Fall River who has been selected to serve as a National Eucharistic Preacher in the Revival.
Diocesan Secretary for the New Evangelization David Carvalho interviews Bishop Andrew Cozzens of the Diocese of Crookston, Minn., who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” John 6:51
The Bishops of the United States are calling for a three-year grassroots revival of devotion and belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. They believe that God wants to see a movement of Catholics across the United States, healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—and sent out in mission “for the life of the world.”
These three years will culminate in the first National Eucharistic Congress in the United States in almost fifty years. Almost a hundred thousand Catholics will join together in Indianapolis for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage toward the “source and summit” of our Catholic faith.
A movement of Catholics across the United States, healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—and sent out in mission “for the life of the world.”
About the Revival
In late 2019, a Pew Study indicated what many had long suspected. Few Catholics, approximately 30 percent, fully believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This stark reality inspired the Bishops of the United States to action. More than an event or a program, they envisioned a true Revival to rediscover the source and summit of our Faith through a deep commitment of prayer, pilgrimage, and worship on the part of the entire Church in the United States. The advent of the pandemic only accelerated these plans, revealing their urgency and importance. Too many Catholics still have not returned to Mass to celebrate the central mystery of the Church. Taking its title from the Bread of Life discourse in John’s Gospel, “My flesh for the life of the world/Mi carne para la vida del mundo,” the Eucharistic Revival is not a step-by-step plan or a series of meetings; it is a grassroots call and a challenge for every Catholic across the United States to rekindle the fire of love and devotion for the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. Over three years, every Catholic diocese, parish, school, apostolate, and family is invited to be a part of renewing the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
This Revival launches on the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 19, 2022. Over the next three years, dioceses will host Eucharistic Congresses and processions. Parishes will increase or begin Eucharistic Adoration. There will be a revival of faithful adherence to the liturgical norms in all their richness – the ars celebrandi. Families and friends will gather in small groups to learn and pray together. Filled with the flame of charity from the reception of Jesus in the Eucharist, missionary disciples will go to the margins, recognizing the mystery of Jesus’ presence in the poor.
All of this will culminate in the first National Eucharistic Congress in the United States in almost fifty years. From July 17-21, 2024, thousands of Catholics will journey on pilgrimage to Indianapolis to together personally encounter Jesus in the Eucharist and be sent back out into their parishes and communities.