Christ in the Eucharist – Presence and Reality
with Fr. Robert Lacombe
March 26, 27, & 28 – 7:00 pm
- Sunday – Presence and Sacrifice – The Eucharist in the Bible and the Fathers of the Church
- Monday – Heaven on Earth – Eucharistic Miracles in Church History
- Tuesday – The Medicine of Immortality – The Eucharist and the Four Last Things (Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell)
About the Mission
Recent statistics signal a crisis of Eucharistic faith in contemporary Catholicism. Only one-third of Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. As the Catholic Church teaches that the Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC. 1324), this crisis in Eucharistic faith affects all aspects of ecclesial life. In response to this crisis, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has undertaken a National Eucharistic Revival to renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This three-year initiative aims to inspire, educate, and unite Catholics about this sacramental mystery that is essential to the existence of the Church and the health of our souls. We are presently in the second year of this revival, which is the stage for parish evangelization. This Lenten Mission will provide a timely and inspiring opportunity to strengthen our faith and love for the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ in order that we may better witness to the inestimable gift of the Real Presence in our lives.
About Fr. Lacombe
Fr. Robert E. Lacombe was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood for the Diocese of Providence on June 1, 1991. He completed graduate studies in Patristics and Biblical Theology with the distinction summa cum laude at the Pontifical Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. In his 30 years of ministry, Fr. Lacombe has served as a parish priest, hospital chaplain, and Special Lecturer in the Department of Theology at Providence College. Fr. Lacombe is frequently asked to conduct retreats as well as parish missions and is widely regarded for his scholarship, inspiring homilies, and informative lectures. He currently serves in several local parishes, including St. Joan of Arc in Cumberland and the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul in Providence.