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International Eucharistic Congress Hosts Talks by Christendom College President

Christendom College president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell traveled to Ireland last month to deliver three lectures at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.  At the Congress, which was presided over by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops at the Vatican, O’Donnell delivered talks on the relevance of the Eucharist to the priesthood, the life of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Eucharistic Congress was attended by more than 70,000 people who heard from theologians, religious, priests, bishops, and cardinals on topics relating to the theme, “Communion with Christ and with one another.”

From the Christendom College press release:

“There were people from France, India, the Philippines, South America—from all over,” O’Donnell said. “It truly was international.” …

Even Pope Benedict the XVI addressed the attendees via television broadcast. O’Donnell said that being a part of the congress was an incredible experience were he witnessed “a vibrant living Church.”

“I saw how the Eucharist draws us together,” he said. “I think everyone who participated experienced the Church’s universality and came closer to the Heart of Christ.”

In his first talk entitled “Priests After His Heart,” O’Donnell examined the role of the priest as leaders of the Christian community in the light of Church teaching. He emphasized the importance for priest to conform to Christ in imitation of the sentiments of our Lord’s priestly Heart as found in the Gospels.

“To have a priestly heart is to have the heart of a shepherd—the Heart of Christ,” O’Donnell said in his talk. “Today, especially in this climate of contempt and suspicion, we need to pray for our priests. But in addition to praying for our priests so that they will remain true to their calling, we must also offer prayers of thanksgiving to God for them.”

Read his entire talk here.

Read more about O’Donnell’s other talks at the Eucharistic Congress here.

Christendom College is promoted by The Cardinal Newman Society in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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