Catholic Scouting support for the National Eucharistic Revival continues

Throughout the country, Catholic Scouts have participated in the Eucharistic Revival in a variety of ways, big and small, since its inception two years ago. This spring and summer that support was manifested in many locations through Catholic Scouts engaging in the Eucharistic Pilgrimage, which began May 17 and continues until July 16, when it culminates in the Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis.

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In Texas, Diocese of Victoria Catholic Committee on Scouting Chair Gilbert Ramón participated with his son and other Catholic Scouts on the Juan Diego Route, which started in Brownsville. Ramón and his son walked on the third leg of the route, in the Diocese of Victoria.

“The first day was a beautiful one filled with Adoration with Our Lord,” said Ramón. “Having my son Joaquin with me made this event a wonderful memory. Catholic Scouting has been a part of his life from the time he started in Cub Scouts. On the second day he joined other Scouts within our Diocese to hand out water to those along the precession route that took place in the summer heat of South Texas. Serving others is what Catholic Scouts do.”

Catholic Scouts also participated in the Marian Route, which began in northern Minnesota, the Seton Route, which began in Connecticut, and the longest route, the Junipero Serra Route, which began in San Francisco, California. In addition to walking a portion of each route with fellow pilgrims, Scouts have also staffed water stations and performed other volunteer duties to help support the pilgrimage.

Catholic Scouting units not located near a pilgrimage route participated in other ways. In the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, Catholic Committee on Scouting Chair says Scouts engaged in a spiritual pilgrimage in support of the effort.

Catholic Scouting is a program of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS), which also provided financial support for the National Eucharistic Congress. Catholic Scouting programming includes more than 50 Religious Activities – one of them is a special Eucharistic Revival focused activity – and five comprehensive Religious Emblems programs. Catholic Scouting programming complements what is taught in Catholic school and parish faith formation classes and welcomes boys and girls starting in kindergarten.

“NCCS is providing a Catholic Scouting Eucharistic Revival Activity Program for use by all Catholics. You don’t have to be a Scout to utilize this program,” said John Anthony, NCCS Chair. “Our hope is that people who engage in this program will grow in knowledge of the Eucharist and, more importantly, grow in a desire to have a personal experience of Jesus in the Eucharist.”

Anyone can utilize the Eucharistic Revival Activity Program content posted on the NCCS-BSA.org website. The downloadable program guide features activities for Catholics six years of age and older – and encourages whole family activities, so families can learn and grow together.

The Eucharistic Revival is a 3-year initiative sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The revival was launched in 2022 and continues until Pentecost in 2025. The goal of this program is to help all Catholics, young and old, revive their faith and love of Jesus through prayer and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

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