Santuario Eucaristico holds 4th Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress

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Eucharistic Congress

Santuario Eucharistico holds the 4th Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress on June 21 at the Shrine in order to launch the Archdiocesan preparation for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in 2016 in Cebu and to celebrate the Year of the Laity.

The shrine believes that “The Most Blessed Eucharist contains the entire spiritual boon of the Church, that is, Christ himself, our Pasch and Living Bread, by the action of the Holy Spirit through his very flesh vital and vitalizing, giving life to men who are thus invited and encouraged to offer themselves, their labors and all created things, together with him. In this light, the Eucharist shows itself as the source and the apex of the whole work of preaching the Gospel” (Presbyterorum Ordinis #5). It is in this light that we form and inform our faith so as to truly live our Christian life.

In the past 4 years, Santuario Eucharistico has organized such congress to highlight its mission to lead the people in the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. in the first 3 years, it is called Archdiocesan Shrine Eucharistic Congress but this year, it is called Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress signifying that this congress is not only for and by the shrine but the by and for the whole Archdiocese. Fr. Boy Salvador, SSJV, SLD, the Head of the Commission on Liturgy in the Archdiocese said that we will have this congress in connection with the IEC. Archbishop Ledesma approved of this and added that this will also be one of the archdiocesan activities for the Year of the Laity 2014. Thus in the theme of the 4th  Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress, “The Holy Eucharist” a sub topic is added “Eucharist in the Life of the Laity.”

To develop the theme, Fr. Raul Dael, SSJV, professor of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, is invited as this year’s speaker. Unlike in the past 3 years, where we only have 1 speaker, this year, we have 2. The other one is Fr. Joel R. Lasutaz, SSS, Rector of Santuario, who will share about the IEC 2016, and the Piso Para sa Misa ng Mundo which is the IEC fund-raising drive.

For more information about the IEC, please click here to visit the congress website.

An estimated 700 participants are expected to join the Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress. They are coming from the different parishes and organizations and religious sisters and diocesan seminaries. The organization members of the Commission on Lay Ecclesial Movements in the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro (CLEMOACO) are also expected to come as this is also their planned pilgrimage to the shrine.