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Overview

The mission of the National Eucharistic Revival is to renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This revival movement is in answer to a call by the Holy Spirit, and all the fruits belong to him.

The revival is an unprecedented movement of Catholics across the United States—healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—sent out on mission “for the life of the world.”

The Eucharistic Revival is not a step-by-step plan or a series of meetings. Rather, the revival is a grassroots call and a challenge for every Catholic across the United States to rekindle the fire of love and devotion for the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

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Official Launch Date

June 19, 2022
Corpus Christi Sunday

National Eucharistic Congress

July 17-21, 2024
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Meet the Spokespersons

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Bishop Andrew Cozzens

Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis

A native of Denver, Bishop Cozzens is the youngest of three children. He graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he experienced a deepening of the faith through the Catholic charismatic renewal. During a period of discernment after college, Bishop Cozzens served as a traveling missionary to young people around the country with Twin Cities-based NET Ministries. He then joined the Companions of Christ in Saint Paul and worked for Saint Paul’s Outreach leading college Bible study groups.

After his year of discernment he was accepted into the Saint Paul Seminary. Four years later, in 1997, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He served as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and then Faribault Catholic Community (now Divine Mercy) before being sent to Rome for doctoral studies. Upon his return to Minnesota, Bishop Cozzens began service as an instructor at the Saint Paul Seminary.

On October 11, 2013, Pope Francis appointed him as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Bishop Cozzens’ ordination to the Episcopacy took place December 9, 2013. On October 18, 2021, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Cozzens as Bishop of Crookston.

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Sister Alicia Torres, F.E.

National Eucharistic Revival Executive Team Member

Sr. Alicia Torres is a member of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, a religious community that carries out the mission of the Church through service to the poor, evangelization, and teaching.

She studied theology at Loyola University Chicago (BA), earned the Master of Divinity degree at Mundelein Seminary, and received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Dominican University in River Forest. She works at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels on Chicago's West Side, serves as vocation director for her religious community, and as a religion teacher in an inner-city Catholic School.

Sr. Alicia competed in and won the Food Network's Chopped in 2015 and has contributed articles to several online and print media outlets, including First Things, Catholic News Service, and America Magazine. Since July 2021, she's served on the Executive Team for the USCCB's National Eucharistic Revival and is the managing editor of Heart of the Revival, the weekly e-newsletter of the National Eucharistic Revival.

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Tim Glemkowski

Executive Director of the National Eucharistic Congress, Inc.

Tim Glemkowski is the Executive Director of the National Eucharistic Congress. Most recently, he was Director of Strategy in the Archbishop’s Office for the Archdiocese of Denver, assisting with initiatives focused on building for a time of apostolic mission. He is the former founder and president of L'Alto Catholic Institute and Revive Parishes. Tim authored Made for Mission: Renewing Your Parish Culture, which was released in Fall 2019 through Our Sunday Visitor. He is an international speaker who has also consulted for many organizations, dioceses, and parishes. His writing has appeared in numerous print and web-based theological and catechetical publications. Tim and his wife, Maggie, live in Lakewood, CO, with their three young children.

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Father Craig Vasek

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL EXECUTIVE TEAM MEMBER

Father Craig Vasek was ordained in 2010 as a priest for the Diocese of Crookston, MN. Having grown up on a small farm, he entered seminary formation and graduated in 2006 from Cardinal Muench Seminary and North Dakota State University with a Bachelor degree in Philosophy and Humanities. He studied at the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City, obtaining both a Baccalaureate and Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Upon returning to the Diocese of Crookston, Fr. Craig also obtained a Masters in Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences of Divine Mercy University in Arlington, VA.  

Father Vasek spent the past four years serving at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota as the Chaplain of Athletics and Program Director of the Institute for Virtue in Sport, serving as a faculty member with a dual enrollment in the School of Behavior Sciences as well as the Catholic Studies Program within the School of Arts and Sciences.

Most recently, Fr. Craig has been appointed to the USCCB as a Specialist for the National Eucharistic Revival, serving on the Committee for Evangelization and Catechesis. He was also appointed as one of 50 National Eucharistic Preachers for the Revival.

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Cande de Leon

Chief Advancement Officer for the National Eucharistic Congress, Inc.

Prior to joining the National Eucharistic Congress planning team in October 2022, Cande was the first Executive Director of the Office of Mission Advancement for the Diocese of Phoenix, AZ. Upon being appointed to that position in 2016, he led a team committed to advancing the mission of Christ through stewardship, evangelization, and disciple formation. 

Cande has a unique blend of business acumen and ministry experience with proven strategies in teaching mission advancement through capital campaigns, annual appeals and parish stewardship. He has received international recognition with several awards from the International Catholic Stewardship Council and is often requested to give missions and workshops throughout the U.S. Catholic Church.  

Cande served four years in the United States Marine Corps, graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a BBA, earned a Master of Arts Degree with Holy Apostles Seminary and College in Theology for Sacred Scripture in CT, and an MBA from Grantham University in AR. Cande and his wife, Rosemary, have four daughters and a new son-in-law.

To request an interview with any of our spokespersons, please contact Carrie Kline.

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During their Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, MD, on November 15-18, the U.S. bishops approved the national event to move forward with the Eucharistic Revival.

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