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Behold the Lamb of God 8th annual Eucharistic Congress


  • John 1: 29

    Diocese of Charlotte8th Annual

    Eucharistic CongressSept. 21-22, 2012

    Charlotte Convention Center

  • 2Prayer for the Success of the Eucharistic CongressFrom The Raccolta, 601

    O Jesus,

    who art really, truly and

    substantially present in

    the Blessed Sacrament

    to be the food of our


    deign to bless and bring to

    a successful issue

    all Eucharistic Congresses

    and gatherings,

    and especially the coming

    Congress of the Diocese of


    Be Thou the inspiration

    of our labors, resolutions

    and vows;

    accept graciously the

    solemn homage we will

    render to Thee.

    Send Your Holy Spirit

    to kindle the hearts of

    priests, deacons,

    religious and all the

    faithful, especially the


    so that devout

    participation in the Holy


    and frequent and daily

    Holy Communion

    may be held in honor in all

    the countries of the world;

    and grant that the

    Kingship of Your Sacred

    Heart over human society

    may everywhere be

    acknowledged to the glory

    of God, the Father. Amen.

    Sacred Heart of Jesus,

    bless the Congress.

    Holy Mary, Mother of God,

    Patroness of our Diocese,

    pray for us.

    Saint Paschal Baylon, pray

    for us.

    Saint Patrick, pray for us.


    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    I look forward to welcoming you to our Diocese of Charlotte Eucharistic Congress on September 21 and 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The Eucharistic Congress is an opportunity each year for the entire diocese to come together to celebrate our faith and our love for the Eucharistic Lord. The Eucharist brings us together as one body in Christ.

    The theme of our congress is: Behold the Lamb of God. The words, Behold the Lamb of God, were first spoken by St. John the Baptist in reference to Jesus (Jn 1: 29). By calling Jesus the Lamb of God, St. John pointed to Jesus mission as the suffering Servant who offers His life as a sacrifice for our sins.

    The same words are also spoken by the priest at every Mass as we prepare to receive Holy Communion: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

    The invitation to Behold the Lamb of God is an invitation to behold the Lamb who has been sacrificed for us and who is really present in the Eucharist. It is an invitation to acknowledge the sacrifice. The Eucharistic sacrifice of Christs body and blood makes present the sacrifice that Christ offered on Calvary.

    As we celebrate this years Eucharistic Congress, we fix our attention on the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist. We behold Him, the Lamb of God, who will walk with us in the Eucharistic Procession, be adored at the Holy Hour Exposition and Benediction, and be received as our nourishment in Holy Communion at Mass. Remember that the Eucharistic Congress Mass fulfills the Sunday Mass obligation.

    In a spirit of joy and gratitude let us celebrate the Eucharistic Congress. The congress is a great blessing for our diocese. The Holy Eucharist is the source and the summit, as well as the center, of our Christian life.

    Sincerely yours in Christ,Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis Bishop of Charlotte

  • 3Thousands expected to Behold the Lamb of God at 8th Annual Eucharistic CongressCHARLOTTE Bishop Peter J. Jugis invites

    all Catholics to participate in the Diocese of Charlotte 2012 Eucharistic Congress at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte Sept. 21-22. The theme selected for the eighth-annual Eucharistic Congress is Behold the Lamb of God, taken from John 1:29.

    The 2011 Congress drew an estimated 10,000 Catholics from across the region. An estimated 5,100 people came to the Saturday morning Holy Hour alone, and thousands more attended the standing-room only Saturday vigil Mass. Organizers will set up more chairs in the convention center this year to meet the growing number of attendees.

    This years Congress will kick off Friday with welcoming remarks by Bishop Jugis at 7 p.m. in Hall A of the convention center, followed by a Concert of Sacred Music by the diocesan choir led by guest conductor Scott Turkington of the Diocese of Charleston, S.C.

    The Friday night keynote address, starting at 8:15 p.m., will be given by Monsignor Eduardo Chvez Snchez entitled, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization.

    Monsignor Chvez is the co-founder and rector of the Institute for Guadalupan Studies in Mexico and a canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe. He also served as postulator for the cause of

    canonization for St. Juan Diego.Eucharistic Adoration will be held next to

    the convention center at St. Peter Church throughout the night Friday from 10 p.m. that evening to 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

    Then the Congress gets under way in monumental fashion Saturday morning at 9 with a Eucharistic Procession through uptown Charlotte, from St. Peter Church into the convention center. Thousands of Catholics will process with their parish banners, the Knights of Columbus, Order of Malta, Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and groups of men and womens religious orders into the convention center a

    Keep up with Congress news

    Photos, news and video from the

    2012 Eucharistic Congress will be posted online

    at Full coverage

    will also be published in the next edition of the

    Catholic News Herald, coming Sept. 28.

    CONGrESS, SEE Page 8

  • 4Keynote SpeakersThe Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte

    Founder and Host of the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress; Homilist at Saturday evening Holy


    Hall A Saturday Vigil Mass, Sept. 22, 4:15 p.m.

    A Charlotte native, Bishop Peter J. Jugis is the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte. Ordained a priest in 1983 by Blessed John Paul II, Bishop Jugis has served in parishes throughout the diocese. Under his guidance, the diocese began holding the annual Eucharistic Congress in 2005.

    Rev. Monsignor Mauricio W. West, V.G.

    Holy Hour Homilist

    Hall A Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:15 a.m.

    Monsignor Mauricio West was ordained to priesthood on June 2, 1979. Since that time, he has served as Vice President for Student Affairs, Belmont Abbey College, Belmont; and Parochial Vicar at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Charlotte. Since 1994, he has served as Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese of Charlotte, which covers the 46 counties of western North Carolina. He was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John II in 2002.

    Msgr. Eduardo Chvez Snchez

    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization

    Hall A Friday, Sept. 21, 8:15 p.m.

    Hall C Saturday, Sept. 22, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. (Spanish Track)

    Msgr. Eduardo Chvez Snchez holds a doctorate in Church history and served as postulator for the cause for the canonization of Juan Diego. He is co-founder and rector of the Institute for Guadalupan Studies, and is a canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe.

    He was born in Mexico City on Dec. 31, 1956. He entered Mexicos Conciliar Seminary, where he studied philosophy and theology in the Institute for Ecclesiastical Studies. He was ordained on Aug. 15, 1981, in the Metropolitan

    Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico. He holds a diploma in philosophy from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara,and a doctorate in Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University, with the thesis: La Iglesia en Mxico hacia el Concilio Plenario Latinoamericano (1896-1899) (The Church in Mexico during the Latin American Plenary Council). Through his work as postulator and beyond, he has made many contributions to the study of the Guadalupan event, addressing major academic institutions internationally and publishing more than 28 books and articles.




  • 5English Track SpeakersThe Passion: Doug Barry and Eric Genuis

    Hall A Saturday, Sept. 22, Noon

    Doug Barry is the founder and director of the Nebraska-based Catholic apostolate RADIX. Since 1992, Barry has used his dynamic speaking style to defend the Catholic faith to millions of people. He is best known for his one-man performance of the Passion of

    Christ. He also co-hosts EWTNs Life on the Rock. He is a devoted husband and father of five children.

    Eric Genuis is a musical tour de force. The career of this composer, pianist and performer began in Krakow, Poland, in 1997. A government dignitary heard Genuis music and he was invited to headline the entertainment for an AIDS benefit concert. Since then, word of mouth has continued to drive Genuis career and led him to perform worldwide. Genuis provides the musical accompaniment to The Passion.

    Faith Inspiring Art, Art Inspiring Faith: Dr. Elizabeth LevHall A Saturday, Sept. 22, 1:45 p.m.

    Dr. Elizabeth Lev is an American-born art historian who, while doing graduate work at the University of Bologna, first traveled to Rome to research her thesis on the Church of San Giovanni and Petronio. She soon realized that, like Queen Christina of Sweden before her, she couldnt live another day if she didnt live it in Rome! The Eternal City has been her home ever since. Among a small number of Americans who has passed the stringent licensing exam for guides in Italy, her services as a guide are in high demand. She teaches Christian

    art and architecture at Duquesne Universitys Italian campus and University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies program. She also serves as a commentator on art and history on EWTN programs, including the well-known series Cat


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