Canadian Delegation to Participate in International Eucharistic Congress in Mexico

Thursday, September 30 2004

(CCCB – Ottawa) – More than 200 Canadian Catholics including many bishops will be participating in the 48th International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Archbishop Brendan O’Brien of St. John’s and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec, Archbishop Bertrand Blanchet of Rimouski, Archbishop Émilius Goulet, P.S.S., of Saint Boniface, Archbishop Arthé Guimond of Grouard-McLennan, Bishop Vernon Fougere of Charlottetown, Bishop Albert LeGatt of Saskatoon, and Bishop Noël Delaquis, Bishop emeritus of Gravelbourg will be attending the Congress which is held every four years in different locations around the world to allow Catholic to express and deepen their faith in the Eucharist.

The meeting in Mexico could have a special significance for Canada. On October 17, the closing day on the Congress, the location of the next International Eucharistic Congress in 2008 will be announced.  Most Rev. Maurice Couture, S.V., the previous Archbishop of Quebec, asked the Vatican several years ago to hold the 2008 Congress in Quebec to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the establishment of Quebec City, which became the cradle of Catholicism in North America.

Based on the theme “The Eucharist, Light and Life of the New Millennium”, the 10,000 estimated participants in Guadalajara will be involved in seven days of prayer, catechesis, adoration, public manifestations of their faith and group discussions according to language. The second largest diocese in Mexico, the Archdiocese of Guadalajara has more than five million Catholics. Founded in 1548, it is one of the oldest dioceses in all of North and Latin America with many saints as part of its history.

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