Seventh annual Eucharistic Procession to be celebrated May 1


Eucharistic Procession

Following the values set forth by Blessed Father Basil Anthony Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College are collaborating in the celebration of the 7th annual Eucharistic Procession on May 1 (Sunday) following the 11:45 a.m. Mass at Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The Eucharistic Procession will be celebrated on the historical “God Quad” at Notre Dame, stopping at four altars of Benediction before the statues of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of the University at the Main Circle, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founder of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, and concluding at the Golden Dome of the Administration Building.

Students, faculty, religious and staff of each institution, as well as the general public, will give public witness of their faith and devotion to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The Eucharistic Procession also will be a public prayer asking God for three graces: a greater respect of and protection for the rights of all human life from conception to natural death; an increase of vocations to the religious life and priesthood, especially in the Congregation of Holy Cross; and blessings for the students, faculty, staff, religious, trustees and administration of the three institutions of higher learning. A picnic lunch will be provided by the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus Council #1477. In the event of rain, the procession will be held inside the Basilica.

Founded in 1835, the Congregation of Holy Cross serves in 15 countries on five continents throughout the world. Father Moreau envisioned the brothers, sisters and priests of Holy Cross united in their lives and in their work as a visible imitation of the Holy Family. Father Moreau was beatified in LeMans, France on Sept. 15, 2007. A proponent of Eucharistic adoration and devotions, this procession gives honor to Father Moreau and his vision for a religious community of educators in the faith. With a combined history of more than 380 years of education at Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross and Notre Dame, the religious of Holy Cross have been educating the hearts and minds of children and young adults. It is the mission of Holy Cross to make God known, loved and served.

Contact: Rev. Tom Eckert, C.S.C.,