Into the Mystery: A Day of Eucharistic Renewal, Unity, Adventure, June 10

June 10, 2023 | 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Aquinas College Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center
1580 Fulton St. E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

This event will serve as a sort of mini-Eucharistic Congress for the diocese, gathering Catholics throughout the diocese for a daylong celebration of our unity in faith and sacrament as we transition to the parish year of the national Eucharistic Revival. The day will include Mass with Bishop Walkowiak; talks by Father Jonathan Kelly, rector of St. John Vianney College Seminary, and Missionary Meg Hunter-Kilmer; along with a Eucharistic procession to publicly witness to our faith.

In the morning, we will hear from Father Jonathan Kelly. Father Kelly is rector of St. John Vianney College Seminary in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, chaplain for the University of St. Thomas football team and the local chapter of Legatus. He is also a spiritual director and adjunct faculty for the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska, and current President of the National Association of College Seminaries.

Our afternoon speaker will be Meg Hunter-Kilmer, a missionary and storyteller who travels the world telling people about the fierce and tender love of God. She holds two degrees in theology from the University of Notre Dame, is a Fellow of the Sullivan Family Saints Initiative in the McGrath Institute for Church Life, and has written two books about the Saints: Saints Around the World (an international saint storybook for children) and Pray for Us: 75 Saints who Sinned, Suffered, and Struggled on Their Way to Holiness.

The day will also include time for participants to:
– celebrate the sacrament of confession
– visit a ministry fair showcasing ways to serve and give within our diocese
– explore the Vatican display of Eucharistic Miracles provided by the Mary Our Mother Foundation (some of you may be familiar with this exhibit which has already been hosted by some of our parishes)
– participate in Eucharistic Adoration in Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel.

All are invited to stay after the event for a festival which will include live music and food available for purchase from food trucks. The festival will run from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Boxed lunches will be provided to registrants. Registration cost for the day is $10/person or $40/family household. Please plan to join us for this day focused on worship of the Blessed Sacrament and growth in our understanding of its mystery.

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