Well, I’m back!
The 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Québec is about to begin. I am writing from the the small town of Beaupré outside of Québec City where the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Congress Committee has gathered to prepare the way for some 450 Archdiocesan Pilgrims. Many others from Toronto are coming as well with other groups, including one parish bringing some 800 pilgrims for the weekend.
The Archdiocesan Pilgrimage is a unique experience that was originally initiated by Cardinal Ambrozic, the former Archbishop of Toronto some 3 years ago. He charged a committee to prepare a journey of faith for the people of Toronto who would attend the Congress so that it might be an experience that really makes a difference. With the support of our new Ordinary, Archbishop Thomas Collins, the Committee has fashioned this pilgrimage.
The 450 Toronto pilgrims are all staying together at the Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne where we will gather for meals together, attend the Congress events together and especially take the time for a process of reflection that will challenge us us to “bring home” this experience.
Here we are on the top of Mont-Sainte-Anne (Friar Rick, Kitty McGilly & Fr. Liborio Amaral) preparing for Friday’s prayer service. We look a tad worried trying to figure out how to fit the 450 people, don’t we? Tomorrow the pilgrims arrive on 9 buses after a 10 hour bus ride. They will find a beautiful environment in which to celebrate, pray and reflect on the Eucharist.
Please pray for our Committee and for all the pilgrims… from Toronto and from all over the world who are gathering in Québec.