The Eucharistic Congress was held at the Amarillo Civic Center August 25-26. The theme of this year's Congress was "In Unity with Jesus, Through the Eucharist." It was a great honor to have His Emminence, Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino from Rome in attendance for the event. Several bishops and archbishops from the United States and abroad were in attendance, including our own beloved, Bishop John W. Yanta, Bishop of Amarillo and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, Archbishop of San Antonio. Several nationally renowned speakers were scheduled for the break-out sessions, including Fr. Frank Pavone, Barbara McGuigan, Rossalind Moss and Amy Welborn. Entertainer and speaker, Tony Melendez gave a concert on Friday evening. He has performed for Pope John Paul II, as well as, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.
The Congress opened with four simultaneous celebrations of the Mass: in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Latin (Tridentine Rite). This was followed by a Eucharistic Procession to the area which was designated as an adoration chapel for the rest of the Congress. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was available for the entire Congress until the closing Mass on Saturday evening. On Saturday there was a Holy Hour with Mid-day prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, which ended with Benediction. Confessions were heard all day Saturday by the many priests of our diocese in attendance. The Congress ended with the celebration of the vigil Mass. Cardinal Martino was the Main Celebrant and homilist for the Mass. Concelebrating with him were Bishop Yanta; Archbishop Ramon Calderon Batres of Linares, Mexico; Bishop Dominic M. Luong of Orange County, California; Bishop Emeritus Leroy T. Matthiessen; and all the priests of the diosese of Amarillo.
This Eucharistic Congress has fostered deeper devotion and unity to Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and was a great blessing for our diocese of Amarillo.