National Eucharistic Revival Pilgrimage

Join us as the Pilgrimage team make their way through our Diocese.

A pilgrimage is a trip made for a religious purpose to a holy site. It is to help us remember that our whole life is a journey toward our eternal home in heaven. On this journey we are strengthened through prayer and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, which is our food for this earthly pilgrimage.

Rooted in the daily celebration of the Mass—prefigured by the two disciples Emmaus encountered two millennia ago—this will be one of the largest Eucharistic processions in history.

“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” 

Psalm 119:105

Here is a deeper explanation behind the Eucharistic Revivals Pilgrimage, A MOMENT WITHIN A MOVEMENT

June 30th through July 3rd the Diocese of Owensboro will be hosting the 10-person team pilgrimaging to Indianapolis for the National Congress July 17. They start their journey in the Diocese of Brownsville, TX, on May 19. Join us in being a part of this movement.

There are 4 routes going across the United States. Our Diocese is participating in the Juan Diego Route.

Below is the detailed plan for the Eucharistic Pilgrimage through the Diocese of Owensboro. Subject to change, announcements will be made here.  Register here to be a part of this. 

June 30

St. Mary – Franklin Juan Diego Route pilgrimage group arrive in the Diocese of Owensboro, Spanish Mass and dinner.

6:00 PM Spanish Mass

7:00 PM Holy Hour with Reflection from pilgrim

8:00 PM Food and hospitality provided by the Hispanic community of St. Mary’s in parish hall.

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July 1

St. Mary – Franklin Morning Mass and 1 mile procession

8:00 AM Morning English Mass at St. Mary 

8:30 AM 1 mile sidewalk procession through Franklin to the Franklin-Simpson High School

Please park at the parish. Participants will be asked to walk back to the parish after the procession. Please don’t park at Franklin Simpson High School.

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Sacred Heart – Russellville Lunch and stories with the pilgrimage. 

11:30 AM You are invited to join the Juan Diego Route pilgrimage group for a light lunch to hear about their experiences on the pilgrimage route. Meal and talk located in Parish Hall at Sacred Heart with the help of parishioners.  

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Fathers of Mercy – Auburn 4.5 mile Eucharistic Procession to the Fathers of Mercy

2:00 PM You’re invited for a 4.2 miles procession from Auburn Park House to the Fathers of Mercy

4:30 PM Exposition at the chapel and an opportunity to experience the sacrament of Reconciliation at Fathers of Mercy.

5:30 PM Benediction and confession continues.

Participants in the procession will need to make plans for getting back and forth from the Auburn Park House and the Fathers of Mercy after the procession. Transportation will not be provided.

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July 3

St. Joseph & St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center Bowling Green Mass and Eucharistic Procession from St. Joseph Catholic Church to St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center

7:00 AM Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church

8:30 AM 1.5 miles procession from St. Joseph to St. Thomas Aquinas  on the campus of Western Kentucky University. While at the Newman Center, we will have exposition and the rosary will be led by the Marian Shrine Committee. Bathrooms will be available during our stop at the Newman Center. Following the rosary, we will process back 1.5 miles through downtown to St. Joseph Catholic Church. 

Participants in the procession can leave their vehicles at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Transportation will not be provided.

Holy Spirit Catholic Church Eucharistic Retreat, Mass, Adoration, and Celebration at Holy Spirit

1:00 PM Gather at Holy Spirit Church in Bowling Green for a Eucharistic Retreat with Sr. Cheryl Clemons, OSU (1:00 PM —4:30 PM)

Registration for the Retreat here (coming soon).

5:00 PM Gather in Parking Lot and Process into Holy Spirit Church

5:30 PM Mass with Bishop Medley

6:30 PM Adoration Holy Hour with Benediction

7:00 PM Food and celebration where Bishop Medley and Pilgrims speak.

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Register here to be a part of this. 

“A cross-country pilgrimage of this scale has never been attempted before. All told, it will travel through 27 states and 65 dioceses, covering a combined distance of 6,500 miles on foot and with the help of support vehicles,” said Tim Glemkowski, CEO of the National Eucharistic Congress, Inc.


As Catholics all over the world commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles on the Feast of Pentecost on May 18-19, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, led by its four teams of Perpetual Pilgrims, will kick off with landmark events at the launch point of each route: