African National Eucharistic Congress to be Held in Washington

July 15, 2006

The first African National Eucharistic Congress will be held September 2–3, 2006 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC.

This historic event will gather African Catholics from different dioceses throughout the United States to pray together and to celebrate the gifts they bring to the Church. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend.

Events include two Masses: September 2, 3:30 pm, celebrated by Bishop Augustine N. Shao of Zanzibar, Tanzania and September 3, 9:30 a.m., celebrated by Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. The Congress also will feature adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, processions, and a keynote and workshops on Eucharistic themes. An evening banquet will feature a variety of African foods.

Registration is $60 per person or family before July 30, 2006; $65 afterwards. The banquet and cultural celebration is $20 per person before July 30, 2006 or $25 after that date.

The Conference is sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees.

For more information or to register, please contact Mary Ellen Davey at 202-541-3350 or visit

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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