Pilgrimage of the Eucharistic Bell Begins on St. Patrick’s Day
The Eucharistic Congress Bell is a key symbol of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. From its origins in the Dominican Convent of Portstewart, Co. Derry the Bell was more recently used to ring in the Jubilee Year 2000 in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.
In the RDS in Dublin today Cardinal Seán Brady and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin launched two major initiatives as part of the preparations for the 50th International Congress which takes place in Ireland in 2012: a major volunteer drive and the pilgrimage of the Congress Bell.
The bell has been fitted into a carrying frame in which it will be brought on foot from place to place around Ireland by teams of volunteers. It will be a focal point for gathering and for prayer, in cathedrals, parish churches and places of pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage will commence in the Archdiocese of Dublin on the 17th March 2011, when the bell will be blessed by Archbishop Martin in the pro-Cathedral in Dublin. It will then be brought to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, from where it will continue its journey from diocese to diocese.
The pilgrimage will end in a final pilgrimage ceremony at the opening of the International Eucharistic Congress in the Archdiocese of Dublin in June 2012.
During the year the Bell and the accompanying Icons will have traversed the island of Ireland, having also journeyed to Spain, France, and the UK.
An interactive Bell Journey Map on the IEC2012 website will be updated on a regular basis by IEC2012. This interactive digital map will allow pilgrims to follow and join the Bell’s journey throughout their Diocese and countrywide. It also permits us to provide appropriate material to local and national media.