Bishop Barron of Diocese of Winona-Rochester announces Eucharistic Congress this summer

(ABC 6 News) – Bishop Robert Barron of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester announced on Wednesday his plans to host a large Eucharistic Congress this summer.

The event titled, “This is My Body,” will be held on June 10 in Mankato, Minn. at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.

The Eucharistic Congress will include talks on the importance of the Eucharist from well-known speakers including Bishop Barron. The day will include opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration and Confession and will conclude with a Mass celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ) and a Eucharistic Procession. Music will be provided and a track for Spanish speakers will be available.

The first ever Eucharistic Congress held in the United States was in 1926 at Soldier Field in Chicago where more than 400,000 worshipers attended the opening mass.

This summer’s event is expected to bring 5,000 people to Mankato.

“I very much look forward to this Eucharistic Congress and see it as a tremendous opportunity to invigorate the faith of the people of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester whom I am blessed to shepherd,” said Bishop Barron.

Registration for the Congress is available now for members of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester and will open up to general public on April 1. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

The Diocese of Winona-Rochester serves the 20 southernmost counties of Minnesota with more than 130,000 Catholics and 99 parishes, four high schools, 30 elementary schools and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary on the campus of St. Mary’s University in Winona.