The Eucharistic Congress Bell Pilgrimage (archive)

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The Commencement of the Eucharistic Congress Bell Pilgrimage


The bell has been fitted into a carrying frame in which it will be brought on foot from place to place around Ireland by teams of volunteers. It will be a focal point for gathering and for prayer, in cathedrals, parish churches and places of pilgrimage.

The pilgrimage will commence in the Archdiocese of Dublin on the 17th March 2011, when the bell will be blessed by Archbishop Martin in the pro-Cathedral in Dublin. It will then be brought to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, from where it will continue its journey from diocese to diocese.

The pilgrimage will end in a final pilgrimage ceremony at the opening of the International Eucharistic Congress in the Archdiocese of Dublin in June 2012.

During the year the Bell and the accompanying Icons will have traversed the island of Ireland, having also journeyed to Spain, France, and the UK.

An interactive Bell Journey Map on the IEC2012 website will be updated on a regular basis by IEC2012. This interactive digital map will allow pilgrims to follow and join the Bell’s journey throughout their Diocese and countrywide. It also permits us to provide appropriate material to local and national media.

Bell route

Below you will find the Eucharistic Bell Pilgrimage Route Itinerary. 

Please note that this Itinerary may change slightly from time to time. 

To participate in the events that will be taking place in your diocese, please contact the diocesan delegate for your diocese.

Read here the homily of Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, on the launch of the Bell pilgrimage in Armagh and the annointment of the icon of Christ Pantocrator in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, St Patrick’s Day 2011.


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