The Diocese of Tyler was excited to celebrate its 35th anniversary as a diocese with a Eucharistic Congress, featuring keynote speakers Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the Archbishop of San Francisco, and Fr. Richard Castro, a priest of Miles Christi.

Over 550 people from across the Diocese of Tyler attended the Eucharistic Congress held at Bishop T. K. Gorman high school on June 10th and 11th, 2022. The Eucharistic Congress began on Friday evening with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone. Bishop Strickland concluded the congress on Saturday evening with the celebration of the Mass and an Eucharistic procession at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Gorman campus. 

Although the temperatures hit 100 degrees and an AC unit failed at the beginning of the conference, attendees enjoyed informative presentations in both English and Spanish. There was also an opportunity to participate in all night adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. 

In keeping with Bishop Strickland’s call for 2022 to be the year of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and the Eucharist, keynote presentations covered the biblical foundations of the Eucharist and various aspects of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. A highlight for many participants was the panel discussions where attendees asked Archbishop Cordileone, Fr. Castro and others, various questions related to their keynote presentations and matters of faith. 

A very special thank you to Bishop Gorman high school for making their facilities available for this event, the staff at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul, the seminarians of the Diocese of Tyler, the St. Philip Institute staff, the Knights of Columbus and all those who gave of their time and talent to make this event possible. 

Mark your calendars for the next Eucharistic Congress in the Diocese of Tyler! June 9-10, 2023. The theme for the next congress will be Baptism. 

For more pictures from the Eucharistic Congress visit the Diocese of Tyler flickr.