“Over the weekend of the 7th to 9th of September, 2018. the city and Archdiocese of Liverpool played host to the National Eucharistic Congress of England and Wales.
The Congress organised by the hierarchy of England and Wales was entitled “Adoremus”, with the theme, “I am the bread of life”.
This was the first National Eucharistic Congress in the United Kingdom since 1908, so a much anticipated celebration of our Catholic belief in the Eucharist as the Bread of Life.
Over the three days of the Congress there was time for prayer, reflection, worship, confession and hospitality.
Among the invited “Sharers” was Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool, Bishop Byrne, Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Bishop Barron also shared at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines in January 2016), Sr. Margaret Aitkin OSA, and many more.
An estimated seven thousand delegates from all over the UK and beyond attended daily sessions in Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
The culminating Mass and the Eucharistic Procession around part of the city of Liverpool attracted more than ten thousand folk, in spite of heavy rain showers.
The Catholic Church in the UK, as in many other parts of the world, is going through a very tough time at present, caused not least by the many scandals perpetrated by members of the clergy and/or hierarchy.
I firmly believe that such an act of faith and worship, such as a Eucharistic Congress, helps to draw us all closer to our blessed Lord, whose grace will guide us through this crisis and renew His Church.
Fr. Paul F. Mooney MHM