As the Church throughout the United States is poised to begin a three-year Eucharistic Revival, The Monitor is marking the 10th anniversary of the Diocese of Trenton’s first Eucharistic Congress. 

In October 2012, just two years into his episcopacy, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., convoked the Congress with the aim to gather in celebration of Jesus Christ in our midst, in the presence of the Most Holy Eucharist.

For three days, many thousands of Catholics from throughout the four counties of the Diocese and beyond gathered in Holmdel at what was then called the PNC Arts Center in a celebration of our shared belief of life in Christ. With the theme “His Presence, Our Faith, Celebrate!” the Congress featured Masses and prayer sessions; talks from national speakers and theological scholars; musical presentations by contemporary Christian artists; cultural dance performances; social service projects and Confessions.

The Monitor team was on location throughout the Congress and produced a special keepsake report of this extraordinary event. To take a look back at the Eucharistic Congress as we prepare to mark its 10th anniversary, visit