Crookston Bishop Andrew Cozzens will speak about “Living the Eucharistic Revival in our Lives” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Our Lady of Victory in Fergus Falls. This presentation — offered both in person and livestream — is the first of three Regional Ministry Gathering events this fall focused on the three-year National Eucharistic Revival. All are invited to participate virtually or in person.
Bishop Cozzens, chair of revival, will speak in both English and Spanish about the Eucharist as an integral part of the Catholic faith and the importance of the revival. He also will pose a series of reflection questions. In-person participants will be invited to discuss the questions in small groups. Parish and Area Catholic Community groups will be encouraged to hold “watch parties” to view the livestream together and discuss the questions.
Bishop Cozzens’ presentation will be recorded and will be available on the diocese’s YouTube channel after the event.
Prior to the presentation, from 3 to 5 p.m. there will be a “Pilgrimage of Prayer,” an opportunity to participate in a variety of prayer experiences. This in-person offering is open to all, and people will be able to join at any time during the two-hour timeframe. A light meal will be served at 5 p.m. (meal registration required; see below).
In addition to the presentation, the relics of Blessed Carlo Acutis and St. Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, patrons of the Eucharistic Revival, will be on display at Our Lady of Victory that day as part of a national tour.
Blessed Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian Catholic who died of leukemia in 2006, was an expert in computer programming and created an online database of information about eucharistic miracles, according to the official website for his canonization cause. He was beatified by Pope Francis in 2021.
St. Manuel, known as the “bishop of the tabernacle,” was deeply devoted to eucharistic adoration. He founded the “Union Eucaristica Reparatoria” (“Eucharist Reparation Union”), an order devoted to the Eucharist and caring for the sick, the poor and abandoned children. He was bishop of Palencia, Spain, when he died in 1935. He was beatified by St. John Paul II in 2001 and canonized by Pope Francis in 2016.
The relics will be available for veneration from 3 to 6 p.m. and then again following Bishop Cozzens’ presentation until 8 p.m.
Upcoming Regional Ministry Gatherings are scheduled for Nov. 5 and Nov. 16.
Registration for in-person attendance at Regional Ministry Gathering events is encouraged. Registration to view the livestreams and for the retreat meal is required. Visit www.stcdio.org/eucharistic-revival to register as well as for information about upcoming RMGs and the relic tour.