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Sept. 23, 2004


CUA to House Eucharistic Congress Participants

Events Include Youth Activities, Fireworks Display


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Catholic University of America will house some participants of the “Heaven Unites with Earth” Eucharistic Congress Friday and Saturday. The congress is expected to draw about 4,000 people for events at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and on campus.


The theme of the congress, which precedes the Year of the Eucharist called by Pope John Paul II, is taken from the pope’s 2003 encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, which highlights God's communion with his people through the celebration of Christ’s mysteries in the sacrifice of the Eucharist and his presence in the Blessed Sacrament.


The congress is hosted by the Shrine and sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, a canonically approved organization founded in 1992 to promote religious life in the United States. 


Congress attendees include young people, visiting parishioners and members of religious orders. Youth groups and their chaperones will stay at the Raymond A. DuFour Center Friday and Saturday nights. Several events for youth will take place at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center on Saturday. More than 100 CUA students, faculty and staff have volunteered to help at the event. 


Lauren Heckman, the university’s new associate campus minister for women’s issues and social justice, said she hopes that CUA students who participate in the congress “will gain a deeper insight into what it means to be part of the body of Christ and what it means to receive the body of Christ in the Eucharist. It's a chance to find joy in each other and in their Catholic tradition.” 


Heckman, who graduated from Catholic University in 2002, said that her participation in the 2000 Archdiocese of Washington Eucharistic Congress as a CUA student “was an incredibly positive experience that opened my eyes to the importance of the Eucharist as the center of our faith and as a personal source of strength.”   


Congress events will include a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Shrine parking lot that runs along Harewood Road, followed by a candlelit procession with the Blessed Sacrament from the Shrine to the DuFour Center. A praise and worship adoration will be held at the athletic center at 11 p.m. For a complete listings of events, visit http://www.jchristopher.com/cmswr2/schedule.asp.




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