Sr. Carrie Ann and Sr. Miriam went to the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland from June 10th-17th. It was a week-long celebration of liturgies, workshops and sessions of catechesis on the Eucharist, priesthood and our Catholic faith in general. The demand for workshops was so strong that even showing up half an hour early didn’t guarantee entry as the sisters found out the hard way! The Congress gave many people hope in a country where abuse scandals and cover-ups have dampened the morale of many Catholics in recent years. While the scandals were referenced during the week, and the papal legate did penance publicly there at the request of Pope Benedict, there was also a strong sense of hope, unity, joy and looking toward the future. The Archbishop of Dublin said at the closing Mass at which 80,000 people attended that “we go away from here committed to build a Church of communion and service after the model of Jesus Christ. It is Jesus present in the Eucharist who will be food for the journey of purification and renewal to which we commit ourselves”. The sisters led a holy hour in one of the 34 host Churches around the city of Dublin that had their own programs and events supporting the main Congress events.