Welcome to the Eucharistic Revival

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I give is my flesh for the life of the world.” -John 6:51

What is the Eucharistic Revival?

Our world is hurting; yet, amid our fallen world, Christ is present. Jesus radically tells us in John 6:41 that “the bread that I give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Revival is a grassroots effort to bring this radical, life-giving promise to the world, inspiring a “movement of Catholics across the United States who are healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist.”

We are now in the “Diocesan Year” of equipping and empowering leaders in the church. During this time, we invite you to join us in Diocesan Year events and explore education and formation resources, all while deepening your personal devotion to the Eucharist. On Corpus Christi Sunday in June of 2023, we will enter into a “Parish Year,” fostering “Eucharistic devotion at the parish level, strengthening our liturgical life through faithful celebration of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, missions, resources, preaching, and organic movements of the Holy Spirit.” This will lead into in the first National Eucharistic Congress in the United States in almost fifty years from July 17-21, 2024 in Indianapolis, which will be followed by a year of going out on mission “for the life of the world.” 

Go on pilgrimage – right here in our diocese! 

Join us for a self-guided pilgrimage to sites of special Eucharistic significance in our Diocese, including those with 24-hour adoration chapels, Eucharistic art, and Eucharistic patron saints.  Each month, there will be a new designated pilgrimage location announced on this page. Download your pilgrimage passport and fill it in yourself each time you visit a site (e.g., just handwrite the date of your visit). Visit six sites or more during the Diocesan Year and receive a free gift from either of two Catholic bookstores in our diocese  – Divine Mercy Gifts in South Bend or Good Shepherd Books & Gifts in Fort Wayne.  

July Pilgrimage Site: St. Jude Parish, Fort Wayne – Perpetual Adoration Chapel

Located at 2130 Pemberton Drive, Fort Wayne, the first perpetual adoration chapel in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend opened at St. Jude parish in Fort Wayne on October 28, 1984 – the Feast of Saint Jude. Our Lord has been adored in this chapel for more than one million continuous hours. When you visit, look for the pamphlet recounting the history of the chapel as well as information on how to make a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament.

The entrance to the adoration chapel is the red door on the north side of the Parish Office Building.

Eucharistic Revival Events

In the “Diocesan Year” of June 2022 – June 2023, we focus on equipping leaders in the church to share Christ’s love with the faithful. Join us.

Eucharistic Mission Nights

Damascus Men’s and Women’s Retreats

Eucharistic Conferences for Lay Leaders

Eucharistic Concerts

Evangelization Training

Community Events Calendar

Find parish and community events for the Eucharistic Revival on the diocesan events calendar.

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Become equipped to confidently and peacefully share your Catholic faith in the Eucharistic Lord with anyone by attending one-day evangelization training offered by the St. Paul Evangelization Institute.  The program includes a light breakfast and lunch. 

  • Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Fort Wayne 
  • Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Pius X Parish, Granger  
  • $20 per person/couple, waivable for financial need. 

More information and registration to come.

Sponsored by the Diocesan Eucharistic Revival Team with support from our host parishes.

Offer beautiful worship to our Lord with classical sacred music centered on devotion to the Holy Eucharist, with polyphony and harmony.  

  • Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, led by music director Mike Dulac.   
  • Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 2 p.m. at St. Pius X Parish in Granger, led by music director Jeremy Hoy, featuring the Notre Dame Liturgical choir and the St. Pius X choir 

More information and registration to come.

Sponsored by the Diocesan Eucharistic Revival Team and the Office of Worship, with support from our host parishes.

Join us for three outstanding talks on the Eucharist with excellent speakers, including Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.  The conference is designed for lay leaders but is open to all.

  • Saturday, January 14th, 2023 at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning with Mass
  • Saturday, February 11th, 2023 at St. Pius X Parish, Granger. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning with Mass

More information and registration to come.

Sponsored by the Diocesan Eucharistic Revival Team and Office of Catechesis, with support from our host parishes.

Eucharist-centered retreats in Columbus, Ohio.  Sponsored by Damascus.

  • Women’s Retreats:  October 14-16, 2022 and April 14-16, 2023 
  • Men’s Retreats:  November 4-6, 2022 and April 21-23, 2023 
  • Empower Young Adult Conference:  December 15-18, 2022 

Learn more and register at damascus.net.

These retreats are organized and sponsored by Damascus. 

Experience a radically unique and powerful Catholic event.  Join us for a regional night of transformation featuring the Damascus Worship Collective and inspirational preaching from international revivalists. You and your family will encounter a God in Eucharistic adoration who is living and active. 

  • Monday, October 10, 2022 at Marian High School in Mishawaka. 
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne  

More information and registration to come.

Sponsored by the Diocesan Eucharistic Revival Team with support from our host schools.

Monthly Saint of the Eucharist

Learn each month about a saint who was particularly noteworthy for his or her devotion or theology of the Eucharist.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Princess of the Eucharist | July 2022

St. Kateri is the first member of a North American tribe to be declared a saint. She was born in 1656 in a village along the Mohawk River in New York. Her father was a Mohawk chief, her mother a Christian Algonquin raised among the French.  When St. Kateri embraced the Catholic faith and rejected her tribe’s customs by refusing to marry or take part in pagan ceremonies, she was shunned and punished by her tribe, but she endured all for the love of God.  Kateri astounded the Jesuits with her deep spirituality and her devotion to the Eucharist.   She took every opportunity to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.  Because of her inspiring devotion, many strove to be near her when she received communion.  Her feast day is July 14th. 

St. Thomas Aquinas | June 2022

St. Thomas Aquinas was an Italian Dominican friar who lived in the mid-1200s. His feast day is Jan 28. He is famous for his remarkably clear and prodigious teachings on the Eucharist, especially in his Summa Theologica. But Thomas was also the author of many of our best-known and loved Eucharistic hymns, including  

Click to download audio file for “St. Thomas Aquinas in a minute.