The goals of the Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committee are:
To educate people of all ages on the meaning and value of Eucharistic Adoration.
To support clergy and lay people who would like to introduce or increase Eucharistic Adoration in their parish or community.
To unite parishes and people already engaged in Eucharistic Adoration as a way to
encourage the growth of this prayer and devotion.
To create increased opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration throughout the Diocese of Erie.
To plan educational and spiritual programs on the Eucharist.
To create a Recommended Speaker List for parishes seeking to grow their Eucharistic Adoration devotion.
To prayerfully promote vocations and the culture of life through Eucharistic Adoration.
Letter from Bishop Persico introducing DEAC
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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I am pleased to inform you that a new committee has formed in the Diocese of Erie to help foster and promote devotion to the great gift of Christ in the Eucharist. The Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committee (DEAC) is headed by Father Rich Toohey and has members from each deanery in the diocese. The DEAC seeks to encourage adoration of the Blessed Sacrament through this web page, by providing speakers on the topic to parishes and interested groups and through other creative means.
Numerous Vatican documents speak to the importance of Eucharistic devotion. They encourage us to take time to kneel before Jesus present in the Eucharist, to make visits to a church whenever possible and to participate in both Eucharistic adoration and Benediction. It is inspiring to note that in recent times, the Church has seen a growing appreciation for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It is especially heartening to see this occurring among our young people.
There is no substitute for our active worship of Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. This devotion is important to one of my top priorities, fostering vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life. I encourage priests, deacons, parish administrators and the leadership and faculties in our Catholic schools and religious education programs to foster Eucharistic devotion as a source of renewed strength and life in parishes, schools and faith formation programs. Visit the DEAC website for resources.
I invite all of us to continue to deepen our personal devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. Our Lord has extended the invitation: “Come to me all you who find life burdensome, and I will refresh your souls!” (Matthew 11:28). As a diocesan family, let us respond to Christ’s invitation and open our hearts to him, present in the gift eternal, the gift of life, the Most Holy Eucharist.
Sincerely in Christ,
+Lawrence T. Persico
The Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico Bishop of Erie
“There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us.”
St. John Vianney
“In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.”
Pope Benedict XVI
“When you approach the tabernacle remember that he has been waiting for you for twenty centuries.”
“When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.”
St. Teresa of Calcutta
"It is not to remain in a golden ciborium that He comes down each day from Heaven, but to find another Heaven, the Heaven of our soul in which He takes delight."
St. Therese of Lisieux
To learn more about eucharistic adoration
A beginner’s guide to adoration
VIDEO: What is the point of eucharistic adoration?
VIDEO: What do we do in adoration?
VIDEO: Bishop Barron comments on eucharistic adoration
VIDEO: The real presence in the eucharist
VIDEO: The real presence of Jesus in the eucharist (Bishop Barron at the Religious Education Congress)
The History of Eucharistic Adoration: Development of Doctrine in the Catholic Church
Popes on the Eucharist
Pope St. John Paul II
Pope Benedict XVI
Saints on the Eucharist
Here's what the saints have to say about Eucharistic Adoration
Resources for Eucharistic Adoration for leaders
THE ROMAN RITUAL: HOLY COMMUNION AND WORSHIP OF THE EUCHARIST OUTSIDE MASS
List of Different Types of Holy Hours for Adults
Eucharistic adoration for children
52nd International Eucharistic Congress
(Coming) Suggested speaker list to promote eucharistic adoration in your parish or region
Fr. Rich Toohey (814) 833-7701
Jo Feeney (724) 699-3340
JJ Bungo (814) 592-3247