Logo for the National Eucharistic Revival across the United States. Courtesy of eucharisticrevival.org
Logo for the National Eucharistic Revival across the United States. Courtesy of eucharisticrevival.org

Launching on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi, the National Eucharistic Revival is a three-year initiative sponsored by the Bishops of the United States to inspire and prepare the People of God to be formed, healed, converted, united, and sent out to a hurting and hungry world through a renewed encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist – the Source and Summit of our Catholic faith.  (Information for this page was collected from dioceseoftrenton.org and eucharisticrevival.org.)

Theme: “My Flesh for the Life of the World” – John 6:51

Mission: To renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Vision: A movement of Catholics across the United States, healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—and sent out in mission “for the life of the world.”

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Strategic Pillars

Pillar One – Foster encounters with Jesus through kerygmatic proclamation and experiences of Eucharistic devotion.

Pillar Two – Contemplate and proclaim the doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist through the Truth of our teaching, beauty of our worship and goodness of our accompaniment of persons in poverty and those who are vulnerable.

Pillar Three – Empower grassroots creativity by partnering with movements, apostolates, parishes and educational institutions.

Pillar Four – Reach the smallest unit: parish small groups and families.

Pillar Five – Embrace and learn from the various rich intercultural Eucharistic traditions.

 

What is the Goal of the National Eucharistic Revival? 

The National Eucharistic Revival and National Eucharistic Congress are a direct response to the Holy Father’s call for a “pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are” so that the Church in the United States might be “permanently in a state of mission” (Evangelii Gaudium, n. 25). Grounded in prayer and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the National Eucharistic Revival has four primary goals:

• To provide a more profound encounter with Jesus Christ in the Sunday liturgy as a point of unity among all Catholics, and through this powerful encounter, find personal healing and courage to take the Gospel to a world in need of authentic love – the love of Christ found in the Eucharist.

• To spark personal conversions through the joyful discovery of a relationship with Christ by encountering the love of God present in Jesus in the Eucharist.

• To elevate the truth and practices of our Catholic faith through the rediscovery of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist – the Source and Summit of our Church and of who we are as a people of God.

• To form, inspire, and launch missionary disciples, filled with love of God and neighbor that comes from an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist, to the margins of the Church and the world.

 

How can we get involved? 

Pray and fast for the National Eucharistic Revival. Only the Holy Spirit can bring about the fruit He desires for the Church in America through this three-year initiative.

Get involved locally! Contact your parish for opportunities to be a part of your local Church’s Eucharistic Revival.

Attend the Family Picnic that will launch the Revival on June 18, 2022 at Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold. 

Attend the Eucharistic Procession at your Parish on June 19, 2022 or visit Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro, where Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m.

Sign up to receive the “Heart of the Revival” newsletter found at https://eucharisticrevival.org/. By signing up for the newsletter, you can stay up-to-date on the latest news, events, and information about the Revival, as well as event details for the National Eucharistic Congress to be held in July of 2024.

Pray the official Eucharistic Revival Corpus Christi Novena in English or in Spanish

Share any Eucharistic initiatives, celebrations, and events on social media using #EucharisticRevival

 

Why is now such a critical time in the U.S. to have a Eucharistic Revival?

Our world is in desperate need of the love of God. Geopolitical crises, social unrest, increased polarization, and the need for recovery and renewal from the pandemic have created the opportunity to “open wide the doors to Christ” through Eucharistic Revival.

The difficulties and challenges over the last few years have shed light on the Church’s need for healing, unity, formation, and conversion:

• More than 30 percent of Catholics have not returned to the pews post-pandemic, and recent data (2019 Pew Research study) reveals that the majority of Mass-going Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

• The past decade has also seen the rise of the “nones” among the millennial generation, with more than 40 percent now self-identifying as “unaffiliated” with any religion.

• Many young Catholics find the faith to be irrelevant to the meaning of their lives and challenges.

In the midst of these challenging times, we must increase our ability to provide to those inside the Church and to the world a credible witness of the difference Jesus Christ makes in the life of every individual. As the people of God, we must be reminded that the Eucharist truly is the living God, Jesus, with us, “always, until the end of the age,” (Mt 28:20).

What makes this such a unique opportunity in the Catholic Church in the U.S.?

Everything about the National Eucharistic Revival is intended to “bear fruit that will last” (Jn 15:16). By building a consistent grassroots momentum beginning with dioceses and parishes, the intention is to bring together all facets of the Church – apostolates, movements, religious orders, universities, and ecclesial organizations – all rooted in a shared love for the Eucharist that will create impact in the Church for generations to come.