Journeying with the Saints: National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

Jul 11, 2024

The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage has been a major undertaking of the USCCB as part of the Eucharistic Revival, which will culminate with the five-day National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, Indiana. Carrying the Blessed Sacrament, pilgrims on the St. Junipero Serra Route started on May 17th in San Francisco, CA and will have walked 2,200 miles by July 16th.

Currently in St. Louis, eight selected “perpetual pilgrims” are traveling the full western distance with Jesus. Thousands of people have participated in local Eucharistic Processions at one of their 150 stops where the pilgrims were hosted by Catholic parishes, shrines, convents, monasteries, and colleges. The public has also joined the walk for specific segments as part of the Eucharistic Caravan.

St. Junipero Serra was chosen as the intercessor of the western route for his life of ministry to the indigenous people and settlers across the west coast. It is estimated that he walked 24,000 miles as a missionary priest.

With a stop in Burns, OR in May, the longest route included 12 states. In their last stretch next week, the group will generally follow I-70 into Indiana. The inter-state travelers will converge there with three more groups. The Marian Route from the North started at the Mississippi Headwaters in Lake Itasca, MN. The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Route from the East began in New Haven, CT. Southern pilgrims on The St. Juan Diego Route came from Brownsville, TX.

Archbishop Sample will attend the National Eucharistic Congress next week. Let us pray for all of those on pilgrimage to attend the Congress, as well as for our local Church, to be united and renewed by Christ’s presence in the Eucharist.

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