Pilgrimage to the National Eucharistic Congress

Coming to Houston May 31–June 2, 2024

What Is a Eucharistic Pilgrimage?

The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage is a truly unique initiative. This is something NEW—a beautiful fusion of the journey TO Jesus and the journey WITH Jesus. What’s more, it is an adventure that all Catholics can do together, either by interior disposition or physical accompaniment.

This is the birth of something remarkable. Join us as we accompany Jesus in the Eucharist from the north, south, east, and west edges of our country, stopping at many holy sites and churches along the way. Together we will journey with Christ on his way to the 10th National Eucharistic Congress, where he comes to encounter his people anew.

A Journey to Jesus

A pilgrimage is “the simultaneous movement of the feet and the soul”—a journey made both externally and internally. The pilgrim travels to a location of spiritual significance, stepping outside of themselves in order to encounter God in places where he has revealed himself. This action mirrors the interior journey of the pilgrim, who uses this experience to draw closer to Our Lord and seek him more intentionally.

The value of a pilgrimage is not in the distance traveled but in the disposition of our own hearts and the zeal with which we seek God. Many saints have had life-changing experiences while on pilgrimage, and the practice has been a part of Christianity from the beginning.

St. Juan Diego Route

The southern arm of the Pilgrimage, dubbed the "Juan Diego Route" will depart from the tip of Texas in Brownsville, wind around the Gulf of Mexico—an area chosen for its deep Catholic roots. Catholics in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will have a special opportunity to embrace and welcome the 2024 National Eucharistic Pilgrimage the weekend after Memorial Day in 2024.

After visiting Brownsville May 17 to 19, the route will trek to Corpus Christi on May 24 to 26 and then to Houston on May 30 to June 2.

It will then follow the Gulf Coast and continue to Beaumont, jumping the Louisiana border to Lake Charles, through Baton Rouge, and reach New Orleans on June 7. From there, the route will visit Mobile, Alabama; Atlanta; Nashville, Tennessee; and Louisville, Kentucky, before concluding in Indianapolis in mid-July.

Will you accompany Jesus on the road? Pilgrims will attend Mass every day and have numerous opportunities for healing and encounter with God’s mercy. Join us in following Christ through the streets, proclaiming his love and mercy through the greatest gift humanity has ever received: the Holy Eucharist.

 


Local Stops

On Thursday, May 30, St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land will welcome the pilgrimage group at 6:30 p.m. with an evening of prayer, Eucharistic Adoration and testimonies from the Perpetual Pilgrims traveling with the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage.

Then the next morning, on Friday, May 31, a Mass will be celebrated with the Perpetual Pilgrims followed by a solemn procession around St. Laurence. The Pilgrimage will then travel to downtown Houston to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for a 12:10 p.m. parish Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration. The Pilgrimage will then travel to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham for the evening.

On Saturday, June 1, the University of St. Thomas will host a gathering exclusively for young adults ages 18-39 with pilgrims at 12:30 p.m. A Eucharistic Liturgy of the Hours and a solemn Eucharistic procession around the campus follow; these two events are open to all ages.

Finally, on Sunday, June 2, the Pilgrimage will travel to Galveston Island for 10 a.m. Sunday Mass celebrated by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo. After Mass, all are welcome to join a mile-long walking Eucharistic procession from the Cathedral Basilica to Sacred Heart Church. From there, the pilgrimage will depart for Beaumont.

Thursday, May 30

• St. Laurence Catholic Church
3100 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land
6:30 p.m. - Prayer, Adoration and Testimony

Friday, May 31

• St. Laurence Catholic Church
3100 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land
8:15 a.m. - Mass with pilgrims
9:15 a.m. - Procession around St. Laurence

• Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
1111 St. Joseph Pkwy., Houston
12:10 p.m. - Mass
12:45 p.m. - Adoration

• Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham
7809 Shadyvilla Ln., Houston
5:30 p.m. - Evensong, Adoration and testimony

Saturday, June 1

• University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston
12:30 p.m. - Gathering for young adults ages 18-39 with pilgrims (Register online)
3:30 p.m. - Eucharistic Liturgy of the Hours and Procession open to all ages

Sunday, June 2

• St. Mary Cathedral Basilica
2011 Church St., Galveston
10 a.m. - Sunday Mass with Cardinal DiNardo
11 a.m. - 1-mile Eucharistic procession from the Cathedral Basilica to Sacred Heart Church at 1302 Broadway, Galveston

 


 

The Destination

JOIN US AS WE RECONSECRATE THE HEART OF OUR NATION

On July 16, 2024, all four branches of this historic Pilgrimage will converge in Indianapolis for the 10th National Eucharistic Congress—a milestone within the Revival and a historic moment for the Church in the U.S.

Your Questions, Answered

Click here to find detailed answers to the questions we hear most often about the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage.

 


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