Notre Dame hosts Fort Wayne/ South Bend diocese sesquicentennial celebration



Families, single people, religious and clergy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend have been invited to the University of Notre Dame campus Saturday (Aug. 18) for a Eucharistic Congress celebrating the dioceses 150th anniversary.

Local, regional, and international Eucharistic Congresses have been held throughout the Catholic Church since 1881.Their principal purpose is to deepen understanding and invigorate devotion to the Eucharist, and they are often convened to mark special occasions in the life of the Church.

Bishop John M. DArcy of Fort Wayne/South Bend expressed hisfervent hope that all the faithful of our diocese will pilgrimage to the University of Notre Dame for a day of spiritual joy and renewal.Calling the campusa place dedicated to Mary, the mother of God,he added that the Congress would includesomething for everyone to renew hearts and spirits in Christ whose ‘steadfast love endures forever.

Joining Bishop DArcy at the Congress will be Notre Dame fellow and trustee Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., of Peoria, Ill., and Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, O.S.B., of Indianapolis.
The daylong event will feature 120 catechetical lectures and discussions, an ecumenical prayer service in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, a continual recitation of the Rosary at the Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes, praying of the Stations of the Cross, provision of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at several sites throughout the campus, and an exhibition of local religious art in the Joyce Center.

I have requested there be no Masses, weddings, funerals, reconciliation or athletic and school activities in the parishes and high schools of the diocese that Saturday,said Bishop DArcy.This will make everyone free to come together for one magnificent liturgy at the conclusion of the day.Bishop DArcy will preside at that Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Joyce Center.

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