Seats for historic Eucharistic Congress in Springfield Oct. 28 filling up quickly
Inquire with your parish now to reserve your spot
By ANDREW HANSEN
The excitement for the first ever Eucharistic Congress in our diocese is growing as parishes are reporting many of their allocated seats for the historic event are taken, so if you want to go, you better act fast.
The Eucharistic Congress takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 at the BOS Center in Springfield. Seats are free. The day-long event features four popular Catholic speakers, Dr. Scott Hahn, Sister M. Karolyn Nunes, FSGM, Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, Father Denis Robinson, OSB; inspirational videos; sacraments; and Mass with Catholics from across the diocese.
The Eucharistic Congress will also celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the transfer of the See city of the diocese from Alton to Springfield, which took place on Oct. 26, 1923.
To attend, you must contact your parish office. If your parish has all their available seats reserved when you inquire, the public release of any more seats will be in September, if they become available.
At the Eucharistic Congress, 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. For families, a family room will be open in the basement of the BOS Center to allow children to play (the parent/guardian must stay with their child(ren) in that room at all times as the room will not be supervised by staff). Confession and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be available throughout the day. Catholic vendors will have booths and the diocesan Office of Archives and Record Management will have a display of history and photographs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the transfer of the diocesan See from Alton to Springfield.
There is no assigned seating at the Eucharistic Congress as it’s on a first come, first serve basis. So, if you want seats close to the speakers and altar, it’s advised to arrive when the doors open at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 28 to claim your seats. Please be courteous, however, when choosing your seats, which also includes not leaving 1-2 empty seats between you and your neighbor. We’re expecting a full arena, so please sit next to someone to leave room for others when they arrive.
There will be no Masses at any parish in the diocese Oct. 28. For more information about the Eucharistic Congress including frequently asked questions, go to: dio.org/revival-bos.
The schedule of the Eucharistic Congress on Oct. 28
- 10:30 a.m.: Doors open, family room 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 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
Schedule subject to change
Financially support/sponsor Eucharistic Congress
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 dio.org/give. If you are interested in event sponsorship, contact Rachel Langdon at rlangdon.org/(217)321-1113. Thank you!