Relics of St. Manuel Gonzalez Garcia and Blessed Carlo Acutis, patrons of the National Eucharistic Revival, will be available for veneration in three parishes in the Diocese of St. Cloud between Sept. 30 and Oct. 5. The National Eucharistic Revival is a three-year initiative of the U.S. bishops to ignite love for the Eucharist.
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, 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 following is the schedule of stops on the relic tour:
• St. Mary Parish in Alexandria will be the first stop on the diocesan tour with a youth event Friday, Sept. 30, titled “Evening with the Saints” at 6 p.m.; veneration on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by 5 p.m. Mass, and resuming veneration until 6:30 p.m. Additionally, the relics will be displayed again at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, pausing during the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses, and resuming veneration after Mass until noon.
• The relics will then travel with the priests and deacons of the diocese for the kickoff of their annual clergy conference on Oct. 3.
• On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the relics will be on display and available for public veneration at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud in the upper church following the 7 a.m. Mass. There is also a regularly scheduled daily Mass at 12:05 p.m. and a special evening Mass at 6:30 p.m., both held in the upper church.
• The final opportunity to venerate the relics in the diocese will take place at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Fergus Falls Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 8 p.m. Crookston Bishop Andrew Cozzens will present a talk at 6 p.m. on the National Eucharistic Revival, which he chairs, as part of a joint Regional Ministry Gathering event.