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). If you missed a month, you may go back to that pilgrimage site and still self-stamp by writing 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.  

January Pilgrimage Site: Sacred Heart Parish, Warsaw.
125 N. Harrison St, Warsaw

Christ’s sacred heart of flaming love finds its truest and most profound expression in the Blessed Sacrament of His love, the Eucharist, God’s giving of Himself.  Those who consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart and receive Holy Communion on nine consecutive First Fridays will be given the grace of final perseverance and will find safe refuge in the Sacred Heart at the moment of death.

Eucharistic Revival Events

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

Eucharistic Formation Day (Feb 11)

Relic Tour of Saints with Eucharistic Devotion (Feb 2023)

Revive! City-Wide Mission Night (April 12)

Sacred Concerts (April 2023)

Evangelization Trainings (May 2023)

Parish and Community Events

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.

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

  • Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. at St. Peter Parish, Fort Wayne led by Heartland Sings. An optional, freewill donation for Catholic Charities will be taken at this concert. 
  • 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 

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

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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 Eucharistic God who is living and active through an evening of praise, testimony, and adoration.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne . 

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

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February 8-14, 2023, you are invited to visit one of many locations across the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to venerate the first-class relics of Blessed Carlo Acutis and St. Manuel González García, both of whom are renowned for their devotion to the Eucharist.

Relics are a tangible way to grow closer to God through the lives of the saints. The term “relic” refers to physical objects of a saint, such as the bodily remain of a saint or an object associated with that saint. In venerating the relic of a saint, we invite God to continue to work in us through this saint.

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Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades invites you to a day of catechesis and theology on the awesome gift and great mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist. He will offer talks on three fundamental aspects of the Eucharistic Mystery: The Eucharist as Sacrifice; the Eucharist as Presence; and the Eucharist as Communion. The day will also feature a Eucharistic Miracles exhibit, expo on informational materials, and more.

The conference is open to all. It is specially designed for those who are high school age and older and who are looking to enter deeper into formation as a leader in the Catholic Church.

  • Saturday, February 11, 2023 at St. Pius X Parish, Granger. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Those who speak Spanish are invited to a Spanish-language day of formation on March 4, 2023 in Elkhart. Se invita a toda la comunidad hispana de la Diócesis de Fort Wayne-South Bend a un día de formacióny oración. 4 marzo 2023 // Elkhart. Más información

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. Elizabeth Ann Seton | January 2023

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (1774-1821) was born in New York City in 1774, just two years before the Declaration of Independence.  By birth and marriage, she was linked to the first families of New York and enjoyed the fruits of high society.  Reared a staunch Episcopalian, she learned the value of prayer, scripture, and a nightly examination of conscience.  At 19, Elizabeth married a handsome, wealthy businessman, William Seton.  They had five children before his business failed and he died of tuberculosis.  At 30, Elizabeth was widowed and penniless with five small children to support.  While in Italy with her dying husband, Elizabeth witnessed the Catholic faith in action through family and friends.  Three basic points led her to become a Catholic: belief in the Real Presence, devotion to the Blessed Mother, and conviction that the Catholic Church led back to the apostles and to Christ.  Many of her family and friends rejected her when she became a Catholic.  To support her children, she opened a school in Baltimore.  From the beginning, her group followed the lines of a religious community, which became the Sisters of Charity.  She suffered great trials of sickness, misunderstanding, the death of loved ones (her husband and two young daughters), and the heartache of a wayward son.  She died in 1821 and became the first American-born citizen to be canonized.  Her feast day is Jan. 4.

Bl. Niels Stensen | December 2022

Born to a Lutheran family in 1638, Blessed Niels Stensenwas a famous scientist. As an adult, he specialized in the area of medicine, particularly in the new science of anatomy. He discovered new organs and glands in the bodies of both animals and human beings. He is renowned for his work on the human brain, providing the basis for research over the following two hundred years. His attendance at a Corpus Christi procession in 1666 moved him to consider Catholicism. After a thorough examination of the original Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible, he wrote, “I became deeply convinced of the truth of what the Catholics [believe about the Holy Eucharist]”. He convereted to the Catholic faith and was ordained a priest in 1675, and later a bishop. “There is only one human response to the self-giving love which shows itself on the cross and lives in the Church as the true bread of humanity,” he wrote. “The more we discover and say “yes” to this love, the less do we remain as merely ourselves. The love of Christ urges us on.”  He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1988.  His feast day is December 5.

St. Margaret Mary | November 2022

St. Margaret Mary lived in France from 1647 to 1690 and is the apostle of devotion to the Sacred Heart. After four years suffering from paralysis, she was miraculously cured through the intercession of our Lady. As a Visitation nun, she was distinguished for obedience, humility, and love of suffering. Among the many visions she received of Christ, were those in which Our Lord told her to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. From early childhood, she was intensely devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, saying “The Lord wants you to honor His life wholly given to us in the Blessed Sacrament. You must be as a burning candle with no other desire than to be consumed in His honor. Surrender yourself to the Mercy of Providence and let Him do with you according to His designs.” Her feast day is Oct 16.

St. Therese of Lisieux | October 2022

St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”) lived from 1873 to 1897, dying at only 24 years of age.  She entered the Carmelite order at the age of fifteen and became directress of novices in 1895.  Known for her “little way” to holiness, she was canonized in 1925 and is a Doctor of the Church.  In her autobiography, St. Therese expresses her joy after receiving Holy Communion:  “It was a totally heavenly happiness which words cannot express.”  Also, “The best means to reach perfection is through receiving Holy Communion frequently.”   And, “Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart.”  Her feast day is Oct 1st.

St. Teresa of Calcutta | September 2022

Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, serving Christ throughout the world in the “distressing disguise of the poor”. Their life of service to Christ emanates from their profound devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. According to St. Teresa, “when you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then; when you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now. The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth.” Her feast day is Sep 5.

St. Alphonsus Marie Ligouri | August 2022

St. Alphonsus Ligouri was a bishop, doctor of the church, and the founder of the Redemptorist Congregation.  In celebrating Mass, his face was radiant with joy. After the Consecration, he would blush from the intensity of his emotion. He writes, “My most courteous Lord, when you enter my soul in Holy Communion, you unite with and give yourself to me, so that in all truth I can say: My Jesus, now you are all mine.” Regarding Eucharistic adoration, he says, “Pause for a while each day before Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.  Know that the time you spend in devotion before this most divine Sacrament will be the most fruitful in your life; it will comfort you when you die and in eternity. Give your whole self to the Lord who has given all things to you! Approach the Blessed Sacrament “as the burning bush” in order to catch fire and set others ablaze. St. Alphonsus died in 1787 at the age of 91. His feast day is Aug. 1.

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. Yet, she remained steadfast in her 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  

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