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Young adults energize faith at eucharistic congress


Hundreds of young adult Catholics gathered for two days of worship and talks at the archdiocese’s Eucharistic Congress for College Students and Young Adults March 28 and 29 in Boston’s North End. Pilot photo/ Neil W. McCabe

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NORTH END -- Hundreds of young adult Catholics joined Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley for the first eucharistic congress in the historic North End March 28 and 29 where they adored the Eucharist, attended lectures, performed service projects and conducted a eucharistic procession.

“Your presence here is one more sign of the Lord working in your hearts,” the cardinal said to the congress during his homily at the Mass he celebrated in anticipation of Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Boston Eucharistic Congress for College Students and Young Adults was the synthesis of different aspects of the Catholic experience, said Father Daniel F. Hennessey, director of the Vocations Office. Father Hennessey planned the gathering with Father Richard Clancy, director of the Campus Ministry Office and Father Matt Williams, director of the Office of New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults.

“We wanted to have many dimensions to it. We wanted the participants to learn about and come to have a deeper understanding of the friendship Christ has for us and experience his presence among us,” said Father Hennessey. “Then, we wanted to bring him to others through service.”

Saturday afternoon, March 29, the young adults fanned out to 17 service providers to the elderly, the homeless, the archdiocese and the unborn, said Elizabeth C. Ward, who with Thomas K. Lyman, coordinated the service projects effort.

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