“The Eucharist is God’s response to the deepest hunger of the human heart, the hunger for authentic life, for, in the Eucharist, Christ Himself is truly in our midst, to nourish, console and sustain us on our journey.” Pope Francis
On June 19, 2022 the Catholic Church in the United States embarked on a three-year journey to encourage a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Eucharist. We just finished the Year of Diocesan Eucharistic Revival which saw many initiatives in the different dioceses throughout the country. Currently we are in the Year of Parish Revival which will culminate with a Eucharistic Congress to be held in Indianapolis from July 17-24. Next, we will engage in a Year of Going out on Mission through Pentecost 2025.
At the Basilica, we are inviting you to participate in several initiatives, including a series of lectures on different aspects of the Eucharist.
The Eucharist as Source and Summit of our Christian Life
Sunday, September 10 at 11:00am
Source and Summit: An Introduction to the Eucharist
by Fr. Daniel Griffith, Pastor/Rector of The Basilica of Saint Mary
Eucharist and justice are not often mentioned together. But might the Church’s founding and climactic event turn out to be a fresh and potent justice? It will be argued that the Eucharist embodies a justice that transcends polarized left and right ideologies and holds out the promise of healing the nation’s largest wounds. The meaning of Eucharistic justice will be explored for the Church’s and nation’s most difficult issues: clergy sex abuse, abortion, and race. As we approach 2024, the year of both the Church’s Eucharistic revival and a divisive presidential election, hope for a new politics becomes all the more urgent.
Thursday, November 30, 5:30-7:30pm
Dr. Martin Connell: The Incarnate Word of God and the Eucharist
Sunday, January 28, 2024, 11:00
Dr. Hanson Goo from St. John’s University
Sunday, February 25, 2024, 1:00pm
Fr. Michael Joncas: Sixty Years after the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: Pope Francis and Contemporary Liturgical Renewal
Thursday, March 14, 2024, 5:30-7:30pm
Dr. Kim Vrudny: “Who do you say ‘I am’?”: On Eucharist and Conformity
April (Date TBD)
Sr. Catherine Michaud
Sunday, May 5, 2024, 11:00am
Dr. Johan van Parys