September 22, 2023 — Thousands of Catholics from across the state will gather at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, NY on the weekend of October 20-22, 2023, for the New York State Eucharistic Congress. This congress, organized by the eight Catholic dioceses in New York, is part of the three-year national Eucharistic Revival sponsored by the bishops of the United States.
The Congress, which will feature Mass, talks in both English and Spanish by nationally-known Catholic speakers, music, Eucharistic Adoration, and opportunities for fellowship and socializing, will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 20th, and conclude at Noon on Sunday, October 22. Attendance at the Congress is free, but registration is required at Registration. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, Bishop of the Diocese of Albany where the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs is located, said, “Think of the Eucharistic Congress as a personal invitation from the Holy Spirit to a mini-retreat, a springboard for your own reflection on the Eucharistic presence of Jesus in your life and in His mystical body, the Church, of which you are a beloved member.” Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, said “Our Lord loves us so much that He chooses to remain with us in the Holy Eucharist. I pray that through this Eucharistic Congress, many will come to better know, love, and serve Him, by strengthening our love and faith in this wonderful gift of His real presence.”
Among the featured speakers at the Congress will be Bishop Joseph Espaillat, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, Patrick Kelly, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, famed youth minister Mari Pablo, and Sirius XM Radio host Katie Prejean McGrady.
Mari Pablo, currently serving parishes and universities across the country with The Evangelical Catholic and one of the featured speakers at the Congress, said, “We are in need of a revival, to be reminded why the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith and how our lives are continually transformed by His presence. I am looking forward to gather as the Church on such holy grounds with people from all over the state of New York who desire to encounter the Lord.”
The two highpoints of the Congress promise to be the celebration of Mass on Saturday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. by Bishop Terry LaValley of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, and on Sunday, October 22, at 11:00 a.m. by Bishop Scharfenberger of Albany, which will mark the end of the Congress.