Archbishop Malcolm McMahon opened the “Adoremus” National Eucharistic Congress last weekend by expressing the hope that Liverpool would be “a place of welcome where you feel at home, not just in the city, but at home in Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.” The September 7-9, 2018 Congress marked the first time the event was celebrated in England and Wales since 1908 when the two nations hosted an International Eucharistic Congress.
Last Friday’s opening included a symposium on the Eucharist with presentations from Father Mervyn Tower and Father David Oakley. Father Tower spoke about the Scriptural underpinnings of the Eucharist while Father Oakley focused on the church as part of God’s plan and the Body of Christ.
A “Youth” Congress and workshops in the “parallel congress” at parishes across Liverpool were also featured throughout the weekend. Liverpool’s Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and American Bishop Bob Barron were the keynote speakers for Saturday, September 8. Barron also delivered a second address on Sunday, September 9. One of the highlights of the Congress occurred on Sunday with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Liverpool, an event that met with a great deal of protest and dissension in 1908.
Please use these links to review additional coverage of the Congress:
National Catholic Reporter – “At Eucharistic Congress, English Cardinal Prays for Pardon for Bishops”
“A Remarkable Thing Just Happened in Liverpool, England” – K. V. Turley shares personal reflections on Blessed Sacrament Procession on Sunday, September 9, 2018 – National Catholic Register
“The Mystery of the Mass – The Source and Summit of Christian Life” – Keynote addresses by Bishop Robert Barron (with video footage of Blessed Sacrament Procession)
“Sainthood, Sanctity and What Makes Us Holy” – Keynote address by Bishop Robert Barron