From 7–9 September 10,000 pilgrims from across England and Wales will come to Liverpool for the first national Eucharistic Congress to be held by the Roman Catholic Church in this country for 110 years, the last having been in London in 1908. Pilgrims will meet at the ACC Convention Centre on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September before two Pilgrim Masses are celebrated at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Sunday 9 September, followed by a Eucharistic Procession through the streets surrounding the Cathedral.
A Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of clergy, religious and laity to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. On Friday 7 September the pilgrims will be welcomed to the city by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon and by His Excellency Archbishop Edward Adams, the representative of the Holy See in the United Kingdom. During the day they will hear presentations on the Eucharist in the life of the Church and how this is seen in various situations including in hospitals and prisons, through social justice and ecumenical relations and in education and music.
On Saturday 8 September the main speaker will be Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and founder of 'Word on Fire' Catholic Ministries which attracts millions of visitors to its website each year. Internationally renowned Bishop Barron uses the tools of new media to promote the Catholic faith and also works with NBC News in New York as an on-air contributor and analyst. He is also a frequent commentator for the Chicago Tribune, FOX News, CNN, EWTN and the Catholic News Agency. Following his address, the themes of the Congress will be explored through drama, testimony and presentations.
There will be two Pilgrim Masses at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Sunday 9 September: at 9.30am with Archbishop Malcom McMahon as the celebrant and at 11.30am with Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrating and Archbishop McMahon preaching. The Congress will conclude with an outdoor Eucharistic Procession through the streets surrounding the Cathedral and Benediction.
Alongside the main Congress there will be a Youth Congress for 1,000 young people in the ACC Arena Auditorium on Saturday 8 September. The main speaker will be international, educator and author, Katie Prejan-McGrady from Louisiana. Katie has been speaking throughout the USA and Canada since 2007 combining humour and storytelling with teaching theological truth for audiences of all ages. Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon will also be present for part of the Youth Congress.
In addition to the main events a parallel programme of 27 different events has been organised in churches and other venues close to Liverpool City Centre. These include a commentary and presentation by Liverpool writer Jimmy McGovern following a screening of his BAFTA award-winning drama 'Broken'. This will happen at St Francis Xavier's church in Salisbury Street where filming for the series took place.
'Eucharist, the Bread of Life' will be staged at the Parish Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas. Following contributions from the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon and the Methodist District Chair, Dr Sheryl Anderson, there will be a discussion facilitated by the journalist Clifford Longley. Tickets are required for this event and are available at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eucharist-the-bread-of-life-an-ecumenical-conversation-tickets-46709814312
'Food for the Hungry: practical responses to physical hunger' takes place at the Nugent Kitchen in Epson Street, L5 2QT, with food-related workshops including learning how to make bread from scratch. This event has the involvement of the 'Feeding Liverpool' group.
Other parallel events include an exhibition of items from the 1908 Eucharistic Congress in the Abraham apse of the Metropolitan Cathedral together with an International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles. There are also events surrounding scripture, prayer and spirituality; Welcoming the Stranger, Eucharist in the World with Cafod; music: classical, gospel and modern; and self-guided walking tours of Liverpool.
Details of all the Parallel Events are available here.
Tickets to the Saturday and Sunday Adoremus Pilgrimage and Congress at the Echo Arena and Metropolitan Cathedral are available until 14 August 2018 at: http://jumpdp.com/adoremus2018
Full information on the Congress can be found at:
Information on the Parallel Events is at: http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/adoremus
Information on the Youth Congress is at: http://www.adoremusyouth.co.uk
Media Accreditation Guidelines for Adoremus Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress
The Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress invites all local and international media to attend Adoremus. The media must observe the accreditation process to gain full access in order to cover the various activities. The intent of media accreditation is to grant as much access as possible to members of the media and to allow them to perform their duties, while ensuring the smooth flow of the Congress and Pilgrimage.
Media accreditation will commence on 1.8.18 and close on 18.8.2018. All applications for media accreditation will be subject to the approval of the organisers. Please complete and return the attached form below to firstname.lastname@example.org