International Eucharistic Congress at the National Ploughing Championships

Tuesday September 20, 2011

The International Eucharistic Congress is at the National Ploughing Championships in Athy, County Kildare, on the Ecumenical Stand with several Christian churches.

In recent years the National Ploughing Championships has provided an opportunity for ecumenical collaboration between the Christian faiths.

At this year’s championships, the Roman Catholic Church, the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012, the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland are together in a shared space, inviting people to come together to pray. At the Ecumenical Stand, common prayer is said at regular intervals. Visitors can post prayer petitions on a prayer wall.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, and Archbishop Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, will visit the Ecumenical Stand at the National Ploughing Championships on Thursday, 22 September.

The International Eucharistic Congress Bell is also at the National Ploughing Championships. The bell began its pilgrimage on St Patrick’s Day 2011 and has travelled to dioceses and parishes as a symbol of the call to prayer, to renewal and as an invitation to the International Eucharistic Congress. Recently the Bell was brought to Lourdes with the 2,000 pilgrims who made up the annual Archdiocese of Dublin diocesan pilgrimage to the French Marian shrine.

Fr Kevin Doran, Secretary General of the International Eucharistic Congress 2012, said “The Congress is delighted to be represented at the 80th National Ploughing Championships in Athy, the biggest agricultural event of the year. Another important 80th anniversary occurs next year when the International Eucharistic Congress takes place in Ireland, with 2012 marking the 80 years since the 1932 Congress was last held here. Over the next few days I encourage all to visit us at Stand 300, Block 4 on Row K.”

Find out more about the National Ploughing Championships.  

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