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Abide: The Priest Experience

You’ve answered the call. You’ve discovered that Christ is truly the “one thing necessary.” But, how do you abide in him?

Your priestly heart is at the core of the Eucharistic Revival. As Jesus shared the Last Supper with the apostles, instituting both the Eucharist and the Priesthood, Jesus invited the very first priests to draw near and abide in him. 

With this principle in mind, the Congress team has designed an experience just for priests. This special track has been prayerfully cultivated to offer a unique time of reflection, fellowship, and prayer, inviting you into greater intimacy with Jesus Christ, the Great High Priest. 

Individual presenters like Dr. Scott Hahn, Bishop Robert Barron, Bishop Andrew Cozzens, and Dan Cellucci will inspire hearts, while panel discussion participants, including Msgr. James Shea and Jonathan Reyes, will offer practical insights into how you can balance your interior intimacy with Jesus and the servant leadership your priestly ministry demands of you. Plus, there will be periods of Eucharistic adoration and Reconciliation, offering you a chance to adore our Eucharistic Lord with your brother priests and experience the gift of Jesus’ loving mercy as your fraternal bond is strengthened in Christ!

Who is this for?

These sessions are for any priest or bishop who desires to experience priestly renewal and deeper intimacy with Christ. Please spread the word to any of your fellow priests who could benefit from this kind of renewal!

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What does the Abide experience look like?

Each day of the Congress, priests will attend a morning impact session, followed by an optional lunch and afternoon breakout session. In the evening, priests will join all Congress attendees for revival sessions in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Day 1 will feature a talk from Scott Hahn on “Eucharistic Amazement and the Heart of the Priest: Growing in Intimacy,” followed by a talk from Fr. Brian Welter on “The Martyrdom of Prayer” as a means to grow in this divine intimacy. Then, in the afternoon, there will be a panel discussion with Msgr. James Shea, Bishop Daniel Flores, and others on how to live as priests in an apostolic era, bearing faithful witness to Christ in a time when the Church’s worldview stands in direct opposition to the culture.

The day will conclude with a testimony on the impact of priestly self-gift and a reflection on "Encountering Merciful Love: Interior Intimacy with Jesus” during a period of Eucharistic adoration. This will be a key moment to enter into that intimacy through prayer as priests bring all that they’ve heard and experienced throughout the day to Our Lord.

Catholic priest facing a monstrance during Eucharistic adoration with a dark background and candles

Day 2 will explore the themes of Eucharistic mission and identity. The morning will open with a panel discussion on the Year of Missionary Sending—the third and final year of the National Eucharistic Revival. Panelists Tim Glemkowski, Jonathan Reyes, Dan Cellucci, and Jason Simon will discuss the Four Pillars of this special year: Eucharistic Encounter, Eucharistic Identity, Eucharistic Life, and Eucharistic Mission. They’ll also offer practical tips and examples on how priests can accompany their parishioners in living a Eucharistic life.

Following the panel, Bishop Andrew Cozzens will give a talk on fruitfulness, effectiveness, and sacrificial love in the priesthood. In the afternoon, Bishop Robert Barron will lead a session on embracing one’s Eucharistic identity and being a Eucharistic missionary. The afternoon will wrap up with another priestly testimony and a Scriptural reflection with a time of Eucharistic adoration.

Day 3 will focus on Eucharistic servant leadership and remembering the poor. Dan Cellucci will give a talk on how priests can deepen their servant leadership, rooted in the Eucharist, which is essential for ministerial fruitfulness in a priest’s pastoral work. A second talk from Bishop Daniel Flores will use Pope Francis’ words, “The Shepherd must smell like the sheep,” as inspiration for accompanying the poor through a uniquely Eucharistic lens.

Close-up of a Catholic priest's hand holding a broken, consecrated host

What else can priests expect from the Abide experience?

Our priests spend themselves on behalf of their flocks year-round, so at the Congress, we wanted to create an opportunity where our shepherds can be refreshed and renewed spiritually. In addition to the morning and afternoon sessions, priests can attend daily liturgies and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There will also be plenty of opportunities to spend time in prayer with Our Lord in Eucharistic adoration.

As Congress attendees, priests will have access to all the evening revival sessions as well as the expo hall and special experiences in the afternoon. See the full schedule for more details!

Priests will return home from the Abide experience revived, renewed, and ready to spread Eucharistic Revival in their parishes. Register today to get your pass to the Abide experience for priests!