International Eucharistic Congress

June 19, 2012

Message from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters, With great affection in the Lord, I greet all of you who have gathered in Dublin for the Fiftieth International Eucharistic Congress, especially Cardinal Brady, Archbishop Martin, the clergy, religious and faithful of Ireland, and all of you who have come from afar to support the […]
June 19, 2012

IEC2012 explores Communion in Suffering and Healing

Saturday June 16, 2012 The 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus yesterday 15th June, when speakers and pilgrims explored the theme of “Communion in Suffering and in Healing. At the Congress Prayer Space, Friday’s Morning Prayer was led by Bishop Derek Byrne, […]
June 19, 2012

Brooklyn Bishop Calls for Self-reflection in Fast Moving World at 50th International Eucharistic Congress

Saturday June 16, 2012 There is a need for self-reflection amongst younger members of today’s society, Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Brooklyn, New York, told young people gathered at the IEC2012 Chiara Luce Youth Space on 16th June 2012.  Bishop Caggiano said: As young people, I wish to give you a […]
June 19, 2012

Bishop Caggiano calls for Self-reflection in in Fast Moving World

Saturday June 16, 2012 Bishop Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Brooklyn, told young people in the Chiara Luce Youth Space on Saturday 16th June, that there is a need for self-reflection in today’s society. Bishop Caggiano spoke during Youth programme at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. Bishop Caggiano said: “As young […]
June 19, 2012

IEC2012 explores forgiveness and reconciliation

Friday June 15, 2012 Thousands of pilgrims from Ireland and overseas gathered to explore and discuss the true meaning of forgiveness and how we can forgive others in our daily lives at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) on Thursday 14th June 2012 at the RDS Arena, Dublin. Cardinal Peter […]
June 18, 2012

17/07/2012 Closing remarks at the Eucharistic Congress

Closing greeting at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress   Dublin 10th-17th June 2012   Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin   Archbishop of Dublin       One week ago we set out on a journey of prayer and reflection, of song and silence, of renewal of our hearts and renewal of […]
June 14, 2012

IEC2012 Discusses Priests and Ministry of Service in a Changing World

Priesthood is not to be undertaken purely as a personal honour, Archbishop Dermot Clifford told pilgrims attending Morning Prayer at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) on Wednesday 13 June 2012. In the words of Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Clifford described priesthood as “unique, indispensable and irreplaceable”. He added […]
June 13, 2012

Eucharistic Congress Celebrates Marriage and Family Life

Eucharistic Congress Celebrates Marriage and Family Life 12 June 2012 Celebrating the value and central role of Communion in marriage and family life in the Church is the central theme of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) today, Tuesday 12 June 2012. Commencing morning prayer, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Archbishop of […]
June 12, 2012

Ecumenism Flourishes at 50th International Eucharistic Congress

Ecumenism flourished at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) yesterday (Monday 11th) with an extensive programme of events on the RDS campus and main arena focusing on the importance of Christian Unity. The theme of the day was ‘Exploring and Celebrating Our Communion through Baptism’. Thousands of international and Irish […]
June 11, 2012

IEC2012 Opens with Colourful Display of Faith and Culture in the Sunshine

The sun shone on the opening ceremony of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) in Dublin as it opened with a vibrant colourful parade of International pilgrims from more than 120 countries and the four Archdioceses of Ireland. A diverse mix of people of all ages represented the four archdiocese […]
June 10, 2012

10/07/2012 Opening greeting at the Eucharistic Congress

      Opening greeting at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress   Dublin 10th-17th June 2012     Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin   Archbishop of Dublin       ——————–       Gaudet Mater Ecclesia:  Our Mother the Church rejoices.  These were the first words of the homily preached […]
June 8, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Reveals Details of Special Pilgrim Magnificat & App

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) announces the MAGNIFICAT App is now live on the App Store. The perfect way to accompany and enhance your Congress experience, the easy-to- use App is now available for free and has all the information found in the print edition. The one-of-a kind application […]
June 7, 2012

07/06/2012 Archbishop Martin joins Crosscare lunch for those most in need

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin “broke bread” with the homeless in a unique lunch as part of the celebrations leading up to the Eucharistic Congress this afternoon. Pews in one of Dublin’s best known churches, Westland Row,  were set aside for the afternoon as up to 400 people – […]
June 7, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Announces Details of Eucharistic Procession

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) will host a special Eucharistic Procession around the RDS complex on Wednesday 13 June at 7.30pm.  The general public and pilgrims are warmly welcomed to participate. Fr Kevin Doran, Secretary General of IEC2012, said: “The purpose of the procession is to allow the faithful […]
June 6, 2012

New Irish Stamps Mark 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012

An Post will issue two special stamps tomorrow (Thursday 6th) to celebrate the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 being held in Dublin from June 10th – 17th this year. The 55c stamp, which covers postage up to 50g within the island of Ireland, features the Chalice and Host, illustrating the […]
June 6, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Reveals Headliners and Hosts at Opening and Closing Ceremonies

A number of world class Irish acts and well known hosts are set to perform at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) which will be hosted in Dublin from 10 – 17 June. Hugely popular trio The Three Tenors will perform at the opening ceremony and will feature alongside the […]
June 1, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Reaches Out With Special Mass in Nursing Homes

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) will reach out to those in nursing homes across the country with a special commemorative Mass next week 3 – 10 June 2012, the week preceding the Congress.   The theme of the Mass links into one of the daily Congress themes: ‘Communion with […]
May 30, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Launches Exhibition of 1932 Memorabilia

Members of the public and pilgrims at the upcoming 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) from 10-17 June 2012 will have the opportunity to recreate the sights and sounds of 1932 with the unveiling of a rare and unique exhibition.   Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, and Mr Fonsie Mealy, […]
May 28, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Links with MAGIS Ireland

Fancy spending a day in the life of an inner-city Dublin Parish, learning about the faith traditions of travelling people, or exploring the theme of reconciliation with refugees?  This summer the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) offers young people the opportunity to explore all of these experiences by participating in […]
May 24, 2012

International Eucharistic Congress New Booking Options

More than 20,000 people have now booked tickets to attend the 50th International Eucharistic Congress at the RDS from 10-16 June 2012 and the option to book online has now been extended until 4 June 2012. The closing ceremony; ‘Statio Orbis’, at Croke Park on Sunday 17 June is a […]
May 18, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress announces details of Youth Space

50th International Eucharistic Congress announces details of Youth Space 17 May 2012 Hundreds of Irish young people are preparing to ‘Get Set Go’ with an ambitious programme of events at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) Chiara Luce Youth Space running at the RDS, Dublin from 11–16 June 2012.  The […]
May 16, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress announces details of Healing Stone

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) will feature the unveiling of a Healing Stone during the Opening Ceremony in the RDS on 10 June as a means of acknowledging the abuse of children. The Healing Stone comprises a large, shaped piece of Wicklow granite which is engraved with a prayer […]
May 3, 2012

Live TV Mass marks final preparation towards Eucharistic Congress

The final month of preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) is being marked with a special Mass celebrated by the Papal Nuncio, the Most Rev Charles Brown, which will be broadcast live on Sunday 6 May.  IEC2012 staff members and volunteers will gather in RTE for the […]
May 2, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Launches iPhone and iPad App

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) launches a free iPhone and iPad App designed exclusively for Congress pilgrims by Dominican Friar Luuk Dominiek Jansen in conjunction with IEC2012 staff. The IEC2012 App gives pilgrims from all over the world the opportunity to experience the Congress through 21st Century technology.  […]
May 2, 2012

Televised Mass to mark the Final Month of Preparations for IEC2012.

Televised Mass on RTE this Sunday Marking the Commencement of the Final Month of Preparations for IEC2012.
April 12, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress involves Alpha

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) is pleased to announce the involvement of Alpha, a parish tool for evangelisation, providing people with a practical introduction to the Christian faith, as part of the official Congress programme from 10 – 17 June 2012. Alpha will participate during the eight-day Congress […]
April 5, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress commissions almost 2,000 volunteers

On Holy Thursday, 5 April this year, the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) launches the programme for the ‘Day of Ministry in the Service of Communion’ with a special commissioning ceremony, at 6pm Mass in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, for all the IEC2012 volunteers who will be of service before, […]
March 21, 2012

Invitation to choirs to participate in IEC2012

Last week I was appointed to co-ordinate the participation of choirs and music groups in IEC2012. I would be very grateful if you could pass this information to the music leaders in your parish. How can your choir/music group participate? We would like to invite Choirs/Music Groups to participate in […]
March 14, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI blesses Eucharistic Congress Bell

Pope Benedict XVI received the International Eucharistic Congress Bell in Rome today, Wednesday 14th March. He blessed the Congress Bell and rang the Bell as part of preparations for the upcoming 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012). The Holy Father received the Bell, which was presented by a delegation headed […]
March 13, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Bell to be received by Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI will receive the International Eucharistic Congress Bell in Rome this Wednesday, 14 March and it is anticipated that he will join a quarter of a million Irish pilgrims who have already rung the bell as part of preparations for the upcoming 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012). […]
March 2, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Marks 100 Days to IEC2012

  The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) is calling the people of Ireland to get involved with ‘Ring for Renewal’, a special event on St Patrick’s Day this year to mark the final 100 days of preparation for the Congress.     The 100-day milestone falls on Friday 2 […]
February 28, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 Launches Host a Pilgrim Programme

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) is running a Host a Pilgrim Programme (HAPP) which offers hospitality in Dublin homes to pilgrims from economically challenged countries.   The generosity of Dublin people means that hundreds of foreign pilgrims, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend this summer’s Congress, can […]
February 27, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 Extends Invitation to Ireland’s Youth

Young people from across Ireland are invited to celebrate their faith at this summer’s International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) in an event that is being described as one of the most ambitious youth ministry programmes ever presented in this country. The programme called ‘Go! Be Church!’ will happen in an […]
February 21, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 launches final call for volunteers

More than 1,000 people have already signed up as volunteers with this year’s 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) but hundreds of different roles still remain for people interested in participating in this significant international event. The clock is ticking for people who’d like to get involved as the closing […]
February 14, 2012

Participation of Dublin priests at the Eucharistic Congress

Participation of Dublin priests at the Eucharistic Congress: In order to make proper provision for all who participate in the Eucharistic Congress, we are anxious to have people book their places as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door in June. More importantly, […]
February 10, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress to focus on suffering and healing

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) will explore the theme of sickness and its potential to exclude and isolate people, it announced in a statement marking the World Day of the Sick on 11 February 2012. The Eucharistic Congress will be celebrating the theme of ‘Communion in Suffering and […]
February 10, 2012

Theology Symposium

The Theology Symposium for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 will be held in St. Patricks College, Maynooth in from 6th -9th June. The theme of the Symposium is The Ecclesiology, fifty years after the opening of Vatican ll. For further details on registration costs and speakers see www.iec2012.ie/theologicalsymposium or […]
January 19, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 Launches Ecumenical Programme

A unique element of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, which will take place in Dublin from June 10th-17th 2012, is the extensive involvement of Christians of other traditions in both the pastoral preparation and the official programme for the Congress week.
December 21, 2011

IEC2012 updates

New Year’s Resolution to Volunteer The 50th International Eucharistic Congress are delighted to announce that they have now over 700 registered volunteers from all over Ireland and continue their call to volunteers as more are needed. Recently, the first volunteer induction training sessions were held and there will be more […]
June 27, 2011

26/06/2011 National Eucharistic Congress

The Feast of Corpus Christi and the National Eucharistic Congress which began in Knock yesterday. Press Release 26th June 2011 A candle blessed at the celebrations in Knock yesterday will this  morning light in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin, as in every other Cathedral Church in Ireland to mark […]
May 13, 2011

Dublin IEC2012 News

Dublin IEC2012 News EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS BELL:  The International Eucharistic Congress Bell is currently visiting parishes in the Diocese. If you have any pictures of the Bell visiting your parish please send these on to  communications@dublindiocese.ie for our website, facebook and twitter pages. For parish schedule of the Bell Click Here […]
March 7, 2011

07/03/2011 Eucharistic Congress 2012 launch

PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE PROGRAMME OF THE 50TH INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS Speaking notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin —————— RDS, Ballsbridge, 7th March 2011 Why a Eucharistic Congress in Ireland in 2012?   The Catholic Church in Ireland is undergoing a process of renewal.  In […]
March 7, 2011

07/03/2011 Eucharistic Congress 2012 Launch

Cardinal Brady and Archbishop Martin to launch the InternationalEucharistic Congress in Ireland in 2012 PRESS RELEASE Monday March 7th Immediate Call for volunteers and to prayer for the success of the Congress in Ireland-Congress Bell to visit all 26 dioceses of Ireland-3,000 volunteers needed to help organise the Eucharistic Congress […]