National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress
I am the Bread of Life

"Adoremus" - Liverpool 2018



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Gathering in Liverpool

Congress in Liverpool

Future dates for Southwark:

  • Tuesday 2nd October: 7.30 – 9.00 pm at West Malling.   OR
  • Saturday 6th October: 10am – 12 noon at CCF Tooting Bec.
  • Saturday 10th November: Discerning Mission & Legacy – Wimbledon 10am – 1pm with Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP.  Everyone!
  • Early 2019 – we shall have a Diocesan Discernment Day to consider next steps.

Rev. Canon Alan McLean

Dr Mark Nash

The bishops of England and Wales held a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool this year.

Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy,religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908.

On Friday 7th September, there was a Theological Symposium, with workshops for parish catechists, (especially for those involved in First Holy Communion programs), RE teachers, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, Seminary Communities and Extraordinary Ministers. 
The morning featured three Keynote addresses:

The Scriptural Context - given by Canon Mervyn Tower
The Eucharist in the life of the Church - given by Canon David Oakley
Teaching the Eucharist - given by Sr Margaret Atkins OSA

The afternoon was a series of presentaions, which allowed delegates to choose three talks out of a set of nine to attend. 

On Saturday 8th September, in the ACC Liverpool Echo Areana, there was a six hour stage led event with two key note addresses, various presentations with music, drama, prayer and adoration. Southwark has an initial allocation of 570 delegate places.
The invited speaker for the event is Bishop Robert Barron. He is well known as an author, theologian and evangelist, particularly for his Word on Fire ministry. He has served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since September 2015.

On Sunday 9th September the Congress Masses was celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession.

There were seven themes for the Congress:

1. Eucharist
2. Adoration
3. Scripture
4. Ecclesiology – the Church
5. Formation
6. Music
7. Mission

The three Keynote addresses from the Friday and the two Keynote talks from Saturday were broadcast live and are also available as recordings.
Visit the website of the Bishops' Conference for full listings:

updated 26/09/18 

Congress Programme for the Gathering

The organisers of the Congress have published the Programme for the three days of the Liverpool Gathering. A PDF version of the proposed programme can be obtained by Clicking Here. Application forms are expected to be made available in the near future.

Youth Congress

Why are we having a Congress for youth?
  • Youth leaders, chaplains, priests asked what provision there was for young people at the Eucharistic Congress?
  • It will offer an age appropriate participation for young adults as has been the custom at Eucharistic Congresses in other parts of the world.
  • In this year of the Synod on “Youth, Faith and Vocation Discernment,” it is a great opportunity the involve young people in the national gathering.
  • It gives a unique opportunity for youth delegates to focus on Eucharistic catechesis and prayer.
  • The cost for the main Congress was prohibitive for many young people, schools and parish youth groups.
 Find out more from the organisers here

Getting involved

- Supporting the Congress on a local basis -

Although the Adoremus Eucharist Congress is taking place in Liverpool between 7th - 9th September 2018 it is hoped that clergy and laity will support this occasion through prayer within their own area.  Below is a list of deaneries, parishes and communities who will be joining the Congress on a local basis within Southwark Diocese:


  • Holy Hour and Confession
    Saturday 8th September: 11.15 am - 12.15 pm


ABBEY WOOD  St Benet's RC Church
31 Abbey Grove, London SE2 9EU
  • Perpetual Adoration takes place on Monday to Friday between 9 am - 6 pm


BIGGIN HILL  St Theresa of the Child Jesus RC Church
Haig Road, Biggin Hill TN16 3LJ
  • Adoration and Benediction  Sunday 9th September 2018: 4 pm - 5 pm

CRAYFORD   St. Mary of the Crays
111, Old Road, Crayford, DA1 4DN

  • Adoration after 10.00am Mass - concluding with
    at 07.00pm

St Wilfred’s RC Church

Lorrimore Road, London SE17 3LZ

  • Friday 7th September 2018: 10.20 am – 11 am
  • Saturday 8th September 2018:  10.20 am - 11 am

52 Bertrand Way, London SE28 8LN


  • Thursday 6th of September 2018: 6.30pm - 8pm
  • Friday 7th of September 2018:10am - 12pm and 6.30pm - 8pm
  • Saturday 8th of September 2018: 7pm - 8pm
  • Sunday 9th of September 2018: 12.30pm - 1pm

Isis Prison and Young Offenders Institution*


Adoration and Benediction:
On Sunday 9th September 2018, Prisoners who practise the Catholic
Faith will join with the Eucharistic Congress by participating in Adoration
and Benediction in the Prison at 9.30 am and 2.30 pm.

* Services at the prison are not open to the general public


St Margaret’s RC Church

Fir Tree Grove, Carshalton SM5 4NG

  • Friday 7th September 2018: 10.30 am – 6.00 pm
  • Saturday 8th September 2018: 10.30 am – 6.00 pm
  • Sunday 9th September 2018: 12 noon – 4.00 pm finishing with Benediction
3 days of silent prayer in support of the congress and praying for the needs of our parish communities and of the world.

CROYDON (WEST)  Our Lady of Reparation RC Church
Wellesley Road, Croydon CR0 2AR
  • Mass and Adoration  Friday 7th September 2018 at 10 am
  • Confessions  Friday 7th September 2018: 11 am - 2 pm
On Friday 7th September The Blessed Sacrament is reposed until Mass at 12.10 pm and Adoration follows thereafter.
  • Mass, Adoration and Devotions  Saturday 8th September: 10 am
  • Confessions  Saturday 8th September: 10.30 am - 11.30 am

 St Teresa of the Child Jesus RC Church

250 Bishopsford Road, Morden SM4 6BZ
  • Adoration  Friday 7th September 2018: 10 am - 9 pm

OLD COULSDON  St Mary Help of Christians RC Church
372 Couldson Road, Old Coulsdon Surrey CR5 1EF
  • Mass and Adoration  Friday 7th September 2018: 8 pm - Midnight
  • Mass and Adoration  Saturday 8th September 2018: 10 am - 11.30 am
  • Holy Half Hour: prayers and Benediction  Sunday 9th September 2018: 4 pm


DOVER: St. Paul’s RC Church
103 Maison Dieu Road, Dover Kent, CT16 1RU
  • Dover Deanery Holy Hour to pray for the success of The Congress                 Sunday 2nd September 2018: 4 pm - 5 pm

St John the Evangelist RC Church
192 Parrock Street, Gravesend DA12 1EN

  • Friday 7th Adoration: 8am-9am, 10am to 6pm finishing with Benediction
  • Saturday 8th Adoration: 8am-9.30am, 10.30am to 5pm finishing with Benediction
  • Sunday 9th Adoration: 1pm to 4pm finishing with Benediction

MAIDSTONE  St Francis' RC Church
126 Week Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1RH

  • Adoration with *'Lightfever'. Friday 7th September 2018: 8.30 pm  
  • Night Prayer  Friday 7th September at 10.45 pm
*Those passing the Church are invited to light a candle and spend time there.
  • Adoration  Saturday 8th September 2018: 10.30 am - 2.30 pm
MAIDSTONE SOUTH  Holy Family RC Church
Bicknor Road, Maidstone Kent ME15 9PS

Exposition and Adoration
will take place immediately after all masses throughout the week of the Eucharistic Congress
  • Weekday Mass (except Wednesdays) 9.30 am; on Wednesday: 7.30 pm
  • Saturday Mass  6 pm
  • Sunday Mass  10.30 am

 St Paul's RC Church
Wrotham Road, Meopham DA13
  • Mass and Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) Friday 7th September 2018: 10 am followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 1 pm and then 2 - 5pm
  • Mass and Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) Saturday 8th September 2018: 10 am
    followed by Exposition of the  Blessed Sacrament until 1 pm and then 2 - 5 pm
  • Mass and Rosary (first four Luminous Mysteries) Sunday 9th Sept. 2018: 10 am followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 1 pm and from 2 - 4 pm
  • Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament Sunday 9th September :4 pm 
    To Include readings from Scripture, Prayers of Intercession, the Prayer for England, the Diocesan Prayer, the Litany of the Saints and the recitation of the fifth Luminous Mystery of the Rosary.

St John Fisher RC Church
Maidstone Road, Rochester ME1
  • Service of the Word, Adoration & Benediction: Sunday 8th September 2018: 10 am

Holy Trinity RC Church, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PH

  • Adoration  Friday 7th September 2018: 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church, Granville Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ER

  • Adoration Saturday 8th September 2018: 8:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Adoration Sunday 9th September 2018: 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm


TUNBRIDGE WELLS  St Augustine RC Church
Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LY

Vigil for the weekend of the Adoremus Congress 

  • Mass Friday 7th September 2018: 7.30 pm
  • Vigil Mass  Saturday 8th September 2018: 5.30 pm

The church will be open overnight and there will be Rosary, prayers and readings throughout that time.


  St John the Baptist RC Church
Crowsnest, Hosey Hill, TN16 1TB

  • Holy Hour  Thursday 6th September 2018: 8 pm
  • Adoration  Friday 7th September 2018: 10 am – 12 noon
  • Mass, Adoration and Benediction  Friday 7th September 2018: 6 pm

Our Lady Immaculate RC Church
Northwood Road, Whitstable CT5 2DE
  • Mass and Adoration: Friday 7th September 2018: 10 am - 11 am then           Adoration between 7 pm - 8pm
  • Mass and Adoration Saturday 8th September 2018: 11 am - 12 noon then           Adoration at 5.30 pm before 6 pm Mass
  • Adoration and Benediction Sunday 9th September 2018: 4 pm - 5pm

Attending the Congress

Anyone interested in attending please discuss with your parish clergy or
headteacher. Schools have difficulties as the Congress clashes with the first week of term but if a teacher or RE leader is unable to be released, a Foundation Governor could also be a very valuable delegate

Prayer Cards

Southwark Congress Prayer Card - front

To assist in the Spirotual preparation of for the Pilgrimage and Congress the Diocese has had Prayer Cards produced and distributed to Parishes.

Southwark Congress Prayer Card - back
It is hoped that this prayer will be used by many people during the months ahead.

Cards have also been produced for pupils in Catholic School in the Diocese.
Primary School Card:
(Click on image to open a larger version)

Primary School Card Front        Primary School Card Back

Secondary School Card:
(Click on image to open a larger version)

Secondary School Card Front        Secondary School Card Back

Southwark Preparation

An Information evening was held at St Teresa’s Parish Centre, Morden, on Tuesday
7th November at 7.30 to 9.00pm. More details to follow.

The next preparation events:

  • There are two meetings planned specifically for delegates to prepare for the Congress. Please try and come to ONE of them.

Tuesday 26th June. 7.30 – 9.00pm
Venue: Christ the King Sixth Form College
Belmont Grove, Lewisham, London SE13 5GE.


Tuesday 3rd July, 7.30 – 9.00pm

Our Lady of Reparation, West Croydon.

70 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CRO 2AR .

Please also invite your priest or deacon  to come with you to the preparation  session – even if they are not travelling to Liverpool.
The Congress concerns us all.

Please let Coral Davis at the Centre for Catholic Formation know which venue you plan to attend. We need to know numbers for the host venues. 

Parallel Programme

The Archdiocese of Liverpool will be offering an extensive Parallel Programme as a way of offering this great gift of Adoremus to the City, wider Church and community.  It will include discussions, lectures, prayer, processions, walking tours and cultural events which are designed to complement the main programme.

Please find here a link to full schedule of events. Booking is necessary in advance. Please enrol at http://jumpdp/adoremus2018


Fr John Mulligan has prepared a document with all the above dates and some additional information. This can be downloaded by clicking HERE

Click here for The Archdiocese of Southwark's Aims and Guildlines

Click here for the handout

This important event in the life of the Church in England and Wales needs support at many levels. Please keep "Adoremus", those involved in the preparation, and those intneding on joining this even in your prayers.


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