National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress
I am the Bread of Life

"Adoremus" - Liverpool 2018



Gathering in Liverpool

The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool next year.

Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy,religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908.

On Friday 7th September, there will be a Theological Symposium, with workshops for parish catechists, (especially for those involved in First Holy Communion programs), RE teachers, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, Seminary Communities and Extraordinary Ministers. The day runs from 10.00am to 6.00pm.Numbers for this are limited so places need to be booked when the booking process opens.
The morning will feature three Keynote addresses:

The Scriptural Context - given by Canon Mervyn Tower
The Eucharist in the life of the Church - given by Canon David Oakley
Teaching the Eucharist - given by Sr Margaret Atkins OSA

The afternoon will be a series of presentaions, allowing the delegates to choose three talks out of a set of nine to attend. The Diocese has been allocated places for 124 delegates.

On Saturday 8th September, in the ACC Liverpool Echo Areana, there will be a six hour stage led event with two key note addresses, various presentations with music, drama, prayer and adoration. This day will be open to a general audience, and 10,000 people are expected. Southwark has an initial allocation of 570 delegate places.
The invited speaker for the event is Bishop Robert Barron. He is well known as an author, theologian and evangelist, particularly for his Word on Fire ministry. He has served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since September 2015.

On Sunday 9th September the Congress Masses will be celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession. The numbers for the Cathedral will be limited so these also require booking.

There are seven themes now emerging for the Congress:

1. Eucharist
2. Adoration
3. Scripture
4. Ecclesiology – the Church
5. Formation
6. Music
7. Mission

updated 3/2/18 

Congress Programme for the Gathering

The organisers of the Congress have published the Programme for the three days of the Liverpool Gathering. A PDF version of the proposed programme can be obtained by Clicking Here. Application forms are expected to be made available in the near future.

Youth Congress

Why are we having a Congress for youth?
  • Youth leaders, chaplains, priests asked what provision there was for young people at the Eucharistic Congress?
  • It will offer an age appropriate participation for young adults as has been the custom at Eucharistic Congresses in other parts of the world.
  • In this year of the Synod on “Youth, Faith and Vocation Discernment,” it is a great opportunity the involve young people in the national gathering.
  • It gives a unique opportunity for youth delegates to focus on Eucharistic catechesis and prayer.
  • The cost for the main Congress was prohibitive for many young people, schools and parish youth groups.
 Find out more from the organisers here

Getting involved

Anyone interested in attending please discuss with your parish clergy or
headteacher. Schools have difficulties as the Congress clashes with the first week of term but if a teacher or RE leader is unable to be released, a Foundation Governor could also be a very valuable delegate

Prayer Cards

Southwark Congress Prayer Card - front

To assist in the Spirotual preparation of for the Pilgrimage and Congress the Diocese has had Prayer Cards produced and distributed to Parishes.

Southwark Congress Prayer Card - back
It is hoped that this prayer will be used by many people during the months ahead.

Cards have also been produced for pupils in Catholic School in the Diocese.
Primary School Card:
(Click on image to open a larger version)

Primary School Card Front        Primary School Card Back

Secondary School Card:
(Click on image to open a larger version)

Secondary School Card Front        Secondary School Card Back

Southwark Preparation

An Information evening was held at St Teresa’s Parish Centre, Morden, on Tuesday
7th November at 7.30 to 9.00pm. More details to follow.

The next preparation events:

  • Saturday 12th May, 2018
    Theme: The Resurrection Narratives – the beginning of the Church
    10.30am – 3pm Our Lady Immaculate, Tolworth.
    Facilitator: Fr Denis McBride CSsR.  
    Click here for a poster  
  • Sunday 3rd June, 2018 Corpus Christi
    Commissioning of all Delegates in England & Wales
    Celebrate the Rite of Sending at a parish Mass in every parish.                 There should be a Mass in every parish. Please arrange this with your parish priest.
  • Saturday 23rd June, 2018
    Theme: Congress Music Day
    10.30am – 3.00pm Amigo Hall, Southwark.
    Facilitator: Canon Alan McLean.
  • There are two meetings planned specifically for delegates to prepare for the Congress. Please try and come to ONE of them.

Tuesday 26th June. 7.30 – 9.00pm
Venue: Christ the King Sixth Form College
Belmont Grove, Lewisham, London SE13 5GE.


Tuesday 3rd July, 7.30 – 9.00pm

Our Lady of Reparation, West Croydon.

70 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CRO 2AR .

Please also invite your priest or deacon  to come with you to the preparation  session – even if they are not travelling to Liverpool.
The Congress concerns us all.

Please let Coral Davis at the Centre for Catholic Formation know which venue you plan to attend. We need to know numbers for the host venues. 

  • Saturday 30th June, 2018
    Theme: Barriers & Obstacles to Eucharist.
    10.00am – 12.30. St Joseph’s, Bromley.
    Facilitator: Dr Helen Costigane. 
Previous Events
  • Saturday 3rd February 2018
    Theme: The Apostolate of Adoration
    11am Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec.
    3pm The Hermitage, West Malling. Kent.
    Facilitator: Mr Brendan Cleary.
  • Friday 23rd March, 2018
    Adoremus "River of Life" Gospel Concert
    7pm to 9pm, St George's Cathedral, Southwark
    Combined School Choirs of Southwark
    Ticket on the Door - £8
    Click here for mini poster.


Fr John Mulligan has prepared a document with all the above dates and some additional information. This can be downloaded by clicking HERE

Click here for The Archdiocese of Southwark's Aims and Guildlines

Click here for the handout

This important event in the life of the Church in England and Wales needs support at many levels. Please keep "Adoremus", those involved in the preparation, and those intneding on joining this even in your prayers.


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