St. John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Association
of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
We are an association comprised of
all volunteers who dedicate themselves to promoting Eucharistic
Adoration throughout our Chicago Archdiocese. Cardinal
George has entrusted us with a great mission in asking
us to be a resource center for pastors and parishes with
the Chicago Archdiocese who desire to establish a strong
and viable Eucharistic Adoration program centered on
the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for public prayer
hope that ... perpetual adoration, with permanent exposition
of the Blessed Sacrament, will continue into the future.
Specifically, I hope that the fruit of this Congress results
in the establishment of perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
in all parishes and Christian communities throughout the
Pope John Paul II
45th International Eucharistic Congress
Seville, Spain: June 1993
Inspired by the mandate and personal encouragement of His Holiness,
Pope John Paul II, the mission of the Pope John Paul II Eucharistic
Adoration Association of the Archdiocese of Chicago is to assist
each parish within the Archdiocese of Chicago to establish and
maintain a viable Eucharistic adoration program under the spiritual guidance of our Local Ordinary and his designated representatives.
Though our primary mission is to the parishes within our own Archdiocese,
we will collaborate with and seek to offer whatever assistance
we can to any legitimate persons or organizations involved in the
spread of Eucharistic Adoration, provided this does not impede
our primary responsibility to the parishes within our own Archdiocese.
Our goal for establishing chapels
of Eucharistic Adoration within the Archdiocese of Chicago is three-fold:
- 1. Sanctification of persons, families and parish communities through
growth in deeper prayer before our Eucharistic Lord.
- 2. Support of our bishops, priests and seminarians through prayer
before the Blessed Sacrament and praying for an increase of vocations
to the priesthood and consecrated life in general.
- 3. Forming parish adoration program participants to be disciples
for service and evangelization.
Each of these goals will now be explained more thoroughly.
Goal One: Sanctification of Persons, Families and Parishes
Parish Eucharistic Adoration leads the faithful to grow in greater holiness
by providing one an opportunity to spend a minimum of an hour per week
in prayer before the central mystery of our faith, Christ’s Presence
in the Eucharist. Over a period of time such growth begins to exert a positive
effect on the network of relationships he or she is a part of beginning
with one’s religious or biological family unit causing it to grow
in holiness as well. As the holiness (God-centered quality of life) of
the family units which comprise the parish community grow so will the sanctity
of the whole parish. This in turn will make the parish a true evangelizing
community attracting to itself those who do not yet know Christ or who
in the past have not been fully involved in the practice of their faith.
It is the goal of the Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Association
to help individual parishes within the Archdiocese of Chicago to develop
an adoration program that will foster such growth in Christian holiness
through growth in genuine prayer before the presence of our Eucharistic
Goal Two: Prayer for Priests and for Increase of Vocations
Recognizing the ever-increasing demands faced by
our parish priests in view of the vocational crises which exists in the
Church today, it is our goal to help mobilize adorers within our chapels
of adoration to make praying for bishops, priests and seminarians in
the Archdiocese and for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and
consecrated life in general a priority. The program officially sanctioned
for this by the Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Association and
approved by the Archdiocese of Chicago is the Harvest
Vocation Prayer Ministry headquartered at the central Archdiocesan
Eucharistic Adoration shrine of the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Marytown
and developed by our former Spiritual Director, Fr. John P. Grigus, O.F.M. Conv.
Goal Three: Forming Disciples for Service and Evangelization, Casting
Eucharistic Adoration in a more contemporary Evangelical Context
Christ went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they
came to him. He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) that they
might be with him and he might send
them forth to preach and to have authority
to drive out demons...” (NAB-Mark 3:13-15)
Mark 3: 13-15 describes a two-fold process through which Jesus formed
his disciples, a period of being with him followed by a period of being
sent by him. The first stage of discipleship, the “being
with Jesus,” was
absolutely required for the accomplishment of the second stage, the “being
sent out” by Jesus to evangelize and break the bondage of evil in
the world. This dual call reflects the fullness of the call to Christian
discipleship. It is a call which Christ extends to his disciples today
no less than he did to his original Twelve.
The call “to be with” Jesus in order “to be sent by” Jesus
is today fulfilled most fully through the Eucharist for it is in
the Eucharist that we find Jesus most fully and substantially present
to us, uniting us with Himself and each other, as he did so with his
original followers (cf. CC #1374 and #1324).
And because this Eucharistic presence of Christ
which begins at the moment of the consecration “endures
as long as the Eucharistic species subsists” (CC
#1377), the first level of formation, the “being with Jesus”,
does not stop with the Liturgical Celebration of the Mass but continues “beyond
the time-table of Masses... in all our encounters with the Blessed
Cenae, 3). And so it is especially manifested in the form of prayer
called Eucharistic Adoration in which individuals spend a prolonged time
before the eucharistic presence of Christ.
In promoting the establishment of Eucharistic Adoration
within our parishes, it is the goal of the Pope John Paul II Eucharistic
Adoration Association to enhance the Church’s call to service and
evangelization by fostering through prayer before the Eucharist the inner
conversion of persons needed to sustain that call.
“The marvelous spiritual effects of spending time with the Lord,
present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, will deepen the life of sanctity
in the Archdiocese, make us more sensitive to both personal and social
sins, and give us fervor for the new evangelization.”
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago
© 2002 Fr. John P. Grigus, O.F.M. Conv.
and the Saint John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration
Association of the Archdiocese of Chicago
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