The Eucharistic Congress, held annually in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, is the blessing of the vision that Archbishop John Francis Donoghue had in calling for the first gathering in 1996.
From the beginning, the Congress was to have a dual purpose. First and primary is the opportunity for the faithful of the archdiocese to gather in community to give praise and honor to the source and summit of our Catholic faith, the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. That tenant of our beliefs that Jesus’ body, blood, soul and divinity are tangibly present in the form of bread and wine. Capitalizing on the expansion of perpetual Eucharistic Adoration that was taking place in parishes, the founded hope was and is that more and more Catholics would be drawn into the mystery of having Jesus physically among us.
The second focus of the Congress has always been prayer for vocations. The initial focus was on prayers for priestly vocations. But under the continued guidance of Archbishop Wilton Gregory, this focus has been expanded to embrace all vocations including single life, married couples, priesthood, diaconate and consecrated religious.
From modest beginnings as a parish based event, the Eucharistic Congress, held annually on the Feast of Corpus Christi weekend, has grown with participation of approximately 30,000 people.