WASHINGTON - The Council of Major Superiors of Women
Religious will sponsor its second eucharistic congress Sept.
11-12 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception in Washington.
The congress, free and open to all, will focus on the
Eucharist in the context of three types of Christian
vocations - priesthood, religious life and marriage - and how
each group can better appreciate the sacrament. The vocations
are all characterized by an "irrevocable" commitment, an
identification with Christ and a complete gift of self in
love, according to the council's Web site.
The congress theme is "Sacrifice of Enduring Love."
"What we really want is to incite a love for the Eucharist,"
said Sister Doretta D'Albero, a member of the Apostles of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus and a spokeswoman for the council.
"With the demystification of just about everything else in
society, I think there's a demystification of the Eucharist,"
she said in an interview with Catholic News Service.
Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington will convene the
congress, followed by Mass with Cardinal Justin Rigali of
Philadelphia as the main celebrant and homilist. He is the
episcopal liaison for the Council of Major Superiors of Women
Other events will include catechesis, workshops, eucharistic
adoration and procession, music and an evening fireworks
display dedicated to Our Lady Queen of Peace.
Speakers will include Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the
Knights of Columbus; Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec; Terry
Polakovic, executive director of Endow, a Catholic
educational program for women; Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of
Boston; Mother Ann Marie Karlovic, prioress general of the
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia; Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien
of Baltimore; and Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio
to the United States.
The first congress drew 4,000 people from throughout the U.S.
in 2004. Sister Doretta said it was hard to predict the
outcome of this year's event, which took a year to plan.
"You show up, the Spirit shows up, and it all unfolds so
beautifully," she said.
Find out more
More information about the upcoming eucharistic congress is
available in English and Spanish on the Web site of the
Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, www.cmswr.org,
and in the calendar section of the national shrine's Web