CV NEWS FEED // Teenagers are invited to a special youth conference at the upcoming National Eucharistic Congress set for July, where they will have the opportunity to “encounter Our Lord in the Eucharist in a new and powerful way.”
The National Eucharistic Congress is set for July 17 to 21 in Indianapolis, where an estimated 80,000 Catholics of all ages will gather to worship Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
During the Congress, teenagers are especially encouraged to come. They will have the opportunity to attend a daytime youth conference with several dynamic speakers, an ad for the National Eucharistic Congress recently shared.
“Throughout history, revival in the Church has been accompanied by a renewal of faith in the youth. Teenagers face unique obstacles and challenges in our world today, and they have a unique mission field ahead of them,” the ad read. “There has never been a better time for young people to become witnesses to the power of Christ’s love and agents of Eucharistic Revival.”
“That’s why Catholic teens across the country are invited to a special youth conference experience as a part of the National Eucharistic Congress,” the ad continued.
“During the day, youth groups will attend large morning sessions designed specifically for teenagers,” the ad stated. “This morning series—called Awaken—will feature dynamic preaching on topics relevant to the youth in our Church today.”
Among the speakers who will be at Awaken are relationship expert Jackie Francois Angel, Oscar Rivera, and comedian and speaker Paul J. Kim. In the afternoon, teenagers can attend breakout sessions hosted by NET ministries and Lifeteen. Additionally, Matt Maher and Andrew Laubacher will lead praise and worship music at the Congress.
While the many speakers and musicians will offer an enriching experience for the teens, “the most impactful part of the Congress will be personal encounters with Jesus in the Eucharist,” the ad read:
And there will be many opportunities for that to happen! The schedule is packed with sacraments and worship, including youth Masses, adoration in Lucas Oil Stadium, a massive Eucharistic procession throughout downtown Indianapolis, and more.
“This is an incredible opportunity for youth to be a part of a pivotal moment in Church history as they encounter Our Lord in the Eucharist in a new and powerful way—a pivotal moment in their own lives,” the ad read:
Worshiping alongside Catholics of all ages, vocations, backgrounds, and rites, this will be a powerful experience of community that will open their eyes to how big and alive the Universal Church really is.
Michaelyn, a youth minister from the Diocese of Baton Rouge, commented in the ad, “I think that you should bring your teens to the National Eucharistic Congress because [the Eucharist] is our surest way to Heaven; it’s the best gift that the Lord gave us.”
Chase, a youth minister from the Archdiocese of Chicago, added, “I think this Congress will help us all to realize and to remember that God is real, God is here with us, and that God is calling us to more.”