2016 International Eucharistic Congress

Friday, May 29 2015

2016-iec-logoThe 51st International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Cebu, Philippines, January 24 to 31, 2016, on the theme “Christ in you, our hope of glory” (Colossians 1.27). The Most Reverend Luc Cyr, Archbishop of Sherbrooke, and the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver, are the official delegates from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to the 2016 Congress, following their appointments by the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.

Pope Francis in his address to the national delegates for the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress on September 27, 2014, said that “the encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist will be the font of hope for the world if, transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit into the image of the one we encounter, we accept the mission to transform the world by giving the fullness of life which we ourselves have received and experienced, bringing hope, forgiveness, healing and love to those in need, especially the poor, the dispossessed and oppressed, sharing with them the life and aspirations and walking with them in the search for an authentic human life in Jesus Christ.”

The official website of the Congress, http://iec2016.ph/, makes it possible to download the following documents for promoting and spiritually preparing for the Cebu Eucharistic Congress:

– “‘Christ in you, our hope of glory’ – The Eucharist: Source and Goal of the Church’s Mission – Theological and pastoral reflections in preparation for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, Cebu, Philippines, 24-31 January” (51 pages in all)
– “A brief history of the archdiocesan seminaries of Cebu: The main venue of the IEDC 2016” (I page)
– Official theme song – words only (1 page)
– Official theme song – musical score
– Official prayer of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress
– “IEC primer” – Outline of the history and purpose of International Eucharistic Congresses with the schedule for the Cebu event (approximately 60 pages)
– The registration form for the Theological Symposium (January 20-22), https://registration.iec2016.ph/ 
– The registration forms for the Congress itself which are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and can be accessed at https://registration.iec2016.ph/ 

Other resources:

Link to Pope Francis’ address on September 27, 2014

Letter from Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., inviting every diocese in Canada to appoint a Diocesan Representative to help promote the International Eucharistic Congress. (PDF)

-DVD – Media kit and Infomercial

-DVD – Cebu City Philippines: Cradle of Christianity in the Far East

millercyrSpiritours, the official Canadian travel agency for the Cebu International Congress, will be offering tours in both English and French, with a flight from Montreal and Toronto. Spiritours is committed to ensuring that its English and French-language programs for the Cebu Congress will have a distinctive religious character. Archbishop Miller will be accompanying the anglophone group leaving from Vancouver, while Archbishop Luc Cyr will be accompanying the francophone group leaving from Montreal.

Link to Spiritours (Montreal)

Link to Sampaguita Travel Bureau (Vancouver)