A short report on the successful 2014 Eucharistic Congress (the first for the SSPX in the USA) hosted at La Salette Boys Academy.
St. Pius X’s desire "to restore all things in Christ" is continuing on through the Society that bears his name. Taking up yet another of the Church’s great traditions, the SSPX held its first Eucharistic Congress in the United States from Sunday, May 11 to Tuesday, May 13 at Notre Dame de La Salette Boys Academy.
The three-day event in rural Olivet, Illinois was a beautiful witness to Our Lord’s Eucharistic presence. Six conferences on the doctrine of the Eucharist gave food for prayer and meditation during the three days of the event as the Blessed Sacrament was exposed the whole time. The beautiful chapel at the boys’ academy remained with lights on and candles lit to announce the presence of Our Lord and around the clock priests, seminarians, faithful and students came to worship their Lord. It was fortuitous timing since news everywhere was announcing that a Black Mass was to take place at Harvard University on Monday evening (May 12).
The reparation made and honor given to Our Lord was also highlighted with a Eucharistic procession on the grounds of the academy and through the streets of nearby Georgetown. Finally, the first ever Solemn Pontifical Mass celebrated on the grounds of the academy was offered by Bishop Tissier de Mallerais to crown the event.
Much gratitude is owed to headmaster, Fr. Michael McMahon, and the priests and boys of La Salette Academy, who were constantly working to ensure the success of the event. Also, souls from Texas and Tennessee and other distant places earned the distinction of being the first attendees of a congress that the SSPX in the United States hopes will become an annual event.