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Monday, 24 April 2023 11:43

You are invited to Eucharistic Congress at BOS Center in Springfield

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You are invited to a historic event that will feed your soul and inspire your faith in a radical way
Eucharistic Congress at BOS Center set for Oct. 28 features four national Catholic speakers
By ANDREW HANSEN 
Editor 

04 30 2023 BOS TourPREPARING FOR EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS - Members of the Eucharistic Congress event team visited the BOS Center in Springfield for a tour of the facility on March 29. Led by Father Jeffrey Goeckner, pastor of St. Boniface Parish in Edwardsville, the team includes several priests and staff members of the diocesan curia. Learn more about this historic event taking place on Oct. 28 by visiting www.dio.org/revival-bos.

Mark your calendar for Sat. Oct. 28 for an event unlike any other. National Catholic speakers, inspirational videos, sacraments, and Mass with 7,000 Catholics from across the diocese will be the essence of the Eucharistic Congress at the BOS Center in downtown Springfield, and you are invited. The experience will be the highlight of the diocesan Year of the Eucharist going on now, which is part of the nationwide Eucharistic Revival.

For the past several months, several diocesan priests and staff at the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois have been working to organize this historic event, and they are excited to formally announce what people can expect and how people can attend.

“In a world full of selfishness, violence, and uncertainty, the Eucharistic Congress will be an incredibly uplifting and powerful experience,” said Father Jeff Goeckner, pastor of St. Boniface Parish in Edwardsville and leader of the group spearheading the event. “No matter where you are in your faith journey, this day will re-energize your faith life, radically improve your relationship with Jesus, and inspire you to live as an authentic disciple of Christ. Whether it’s one of the four speakers, the videos, the Mass, or just being there with so many people of faith, the Eucharistic Congress will have something for everyone, most importantly, Jesus, present in holy Eucharist.”

Featured talks will be from nationally popular Catholic speakers Dr. Scott Hahn, Sister M. Karolyn Nunes, FSGM, Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, and Father Denis Robinson, OSB. The Eucharistic Congress will also include Catholic vendors, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confession, a Kid's Corner, a showing of the documentary God is Alive | Incredible stories of faith and miraculous events in Central Illinois, and a showing of The Chair, which highlights the beauty of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield and the history of the diocese. The day culminates with the very essence of the Year of the Eucharist going on now in our diocese, the Mass, with an arena full of Catholics eager to hear the Word of God and receive Jesus present in the holy Eucharist.

To attend, you must contact your parish office as each parish in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will be designated a specific number of available seats. You can inquire with your parish starting July 1. If your parish has all their available seats reserved when you inquire, the public release of any more seats will be Sept. 1, if they become available.

The schedule of the Eucharistic Congress on Oct. 28 is as follows: 

  • 10:30 a.m.: Doors open, Kids Corner open, vendor row open
  • 11 a.m.: Eucharistic adoration and confession available in basement (both end at 3:30 p.m.), concession stands open
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:35 p.m.: Screening of documentary, God is Alive | Stories of incredible faith and miraculous events in Central Illinois
  • 12:50 p.m.-1:35 p.m.: Dr. Scott Hahn presentation
  • 1:50 p.m.-2:15 p.m.: Screening of The Chair, video that highlights the history of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and Bishop Thomas John Paprocki's journey to Springfield
  • 2:30 p.m. -2:50 p.m.: Sister M. Karolyn Nunes, FSGM presentation
  • 2:50 p.m. -3:10 p.m.: Father Chase Hilgenbrinck presentation
  • 3:10 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Father Denis Robinson, OSB presentation
  • 4 p.m.: Mass 

Food will be available for purchase at concession stands, and you will be allowed to exit and return to the BOS Center throughout the day. 

There will be no Masses at parishes on Sat. Oct. 28. For more information about the Eucharistic Congress including frequently asked questions, go to: www.dio.org/revival-bos.

We would love your help!

Are you interested in financially supporting this historic Eucharistic Congress? Please consider donating or becoming a sponsor. If you would like to make a financial gift to support the Eucharistic Congress, visit www.dio.org/give. If you are interested in event sponsorship, contact Rachel Langdon at or (217) 321-1113. Thank you!

Volunteers needed for Eucharistic Congress

Come join us as we put into practice the pillars of hospitality and service. Volunteers will receive a seat to the event, lunch, a T-shirt, and graces of the day! Sign up at www.dio.org/revival-bos by June 1. Any questions?  Contact Teresa Gray at .