Eucharistic Processions a Public Witness
June 15, 2023
WASHINGTON (OSV News), DIOCESE OF ROCKFORD—With the feast of Corpus Christi on June 11, the National Eucharistic Revival enters its second year and shifts its focus to parish renewal — a year organizers expect will inspire more parishes to increase the Eucharist’s visibility in their communities through Eucharistic processions. 
 
“Processions have been a very public witness and display of faith,” said Joel Stepanek, the National Eucharistic Revival’s chief mission officer. Stories and images of processions near and far “have been some of the most striking examples of how, on a diocesan level, there has been a response to this call for revival,” Stepanek said.
 
Launched as an initiative of the U.S. Catholic bishops in June 2022, the National Eucharistic Revival is a three-year movement that includes a National Eucharistic Congress next year in Indianapolis. 
 
The revival’s first year was titled “The Year of Diocesan Revival,” and efforts focused on formation for diocesan leadership and diocesan-wide events. The revival’s second year, “The Year of Parish Revival,” aims to reach Catholics in their parishes through renewed attention to the “art” of the Mass, Eucharistic devotions, and small-group faith sharing and formation.
 
Many parishes throughout the Diocese of Rockford held Eucharistic processions as a public witness to the Real Presence during the June 11 weekend; these will continue to be featured in the June 23 issue of The Observer. 
 
—By Maria Wiering, OSV News, and The Observer staff. 
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