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Eucharistic Procession at Benedictine College.

Join the Largest Eucharistic Procession in History with Benedictine College

Leading up to the National Eucharistic Congress, coming to Indianapolis from July 17-21, 2024, Benedictine College is honored to be an official stop along the western route of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage.

Known as the St. Junipero Serra Route, the western leg of the pilgrimage starts in San Francisco and is set to arrive in Atchison, Kansas, on June 25, 2024.

Everyone is invited to join the pilgrimage as it crosses the Amelia Earhart Bridge over the Missouri River and processes through Atchison to the Benedictine College campus for liturgies, Adoration, dinner and a celebration. (NOTE: This is about a 2-mile walk.)

Click here to see the full schedule of events and register.

According to organizers, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage will be the largest Eucharistic procession in history.

Leaving simultaneously from California, Minnesota, Connecticut and Texas, Jesus Christ in the Eucharist will be processed on foot, by motorcade, and by boat from May through July across more than 6,000 miles. Perpetual Pilgrims (the core group of pilgrims traveling the entire route, including recent Benedictine alumnus Patrick Fayad) on the western route will cross the Golden Gate Bridge, scale the Rocky Mountains, and journey across the Great Plains before arriving in Atchison.

At that point, area residents can become pilgrims and join in. Gathering on the eastern bank of the Missouri River at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, all pilgrims will process to Raven Memorial Park on the Benedictine campus.

Those registered for the pilgrimage and evening events will be treated to a celebration that includes a Christian music concert, dinner, inflatables for the kids, the dedication of a memorial marking the occasion, and a special commemorative T-shirt and memento.

Evening Prayer with the monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey will be available prior to the celebration and overnight Adoration will continue in the Abbey Church.

On June 26, pilgrims will be able to take part in a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and a procession around the Benedictine campus before the Perpetual Pilgrims leave the area and continue their journey.

More than 80,000 pilgrims are expected to make their way to Indianapolis for the National Eucharistic Congress , the first in more than 80 years.  Organizers expect it to be a “life-changing opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ in the Eucharist in a powerful way.”

 


Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.