The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage
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The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there… | Matthew 19:2

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Will you Join us for this Historic Journey?






All events are free and open to the public

Frequently Asked Questions


For the first time in history, pilgrims are processing across the United States with the Blessed Sacrament on the way to the National Eucharistic Congress. The northern “Marian” route will cross the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from north to south June 18-26, 2024 with stops at more than 50 of our parishes, retreat centers and shrines.

Source & Summit Eucharistic Procession

Sunday, June 23 | Source & Summit Eucharistic Procession

Join us for this PREMIER event of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. 

9 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist followed by a 6.7-mile Eucharistic Procession to four local parishes in the heart of Milwaukee, concluding at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary.  


Pilgrimage Schedule

View the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage route through the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.


Eucharistic Pilgrimage Passport

Where to find it, how to use it, and what to do when you've completed it. 


Prayer Resources for Your Pilgrimage

Plenary Indulgence, Adoration and Reconciliation cards, and more!

4 Ways to Participate in this Historic Event


1) Join us for morning Mass
Each morning the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage starts with Mass at our host parish, followed by a 1 mile solemn Eucharistic Procession. You are welcome to join us for Mass, whether or not you walk in the procession. 

2) Process for a 1-6 mile segment
You are welcome to walk in procession along any of our 1-6 mile National Eucharistic Pilgrimage segments.

3) Be at a parish as Jesus is passing by
The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage will pass through 5-10 parishes per day, stopping for 15 minutes of prayer and Benediction in each church. You are welcome to be present in the church or outside along the procession route.

4) Come to an Encounter Night
Each evening, the parish hosting our National Eucharistic Pilgrimage overnight will offer an hour-long Encounter Night. An Encounter Night, also known as a Holy Hour or an Hour of Power, includes Eucharistic Adoration, a message from a National Eucharistic Pilgrim, prayer with music, time for prayer in silence, opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and an optional social to follow.

Order your Pilgrimage “Merch” Here!

Give public witness to our faith with our official Eucharistic Pilgrimage apparel. Order your t-shirts, hats, hoodies, or sweatshirts now at! If you would like your “merch” to arrive before the pilgrimage is in town, order by June 10. If you would like your “merch” to arrive before the National Congress, order by July 6.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to common questions regarding the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage through the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, June 18-26, 2024. 

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  What is an indulgence?

If God’s grace is poured out for us like rain, gaining an indulgence is like getting a bucket to catch more rain. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting Pope Saint Paul VI, explains that “an indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under prescribed conditions through the action of the Church, which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of satisfactions of Christ and the saints.” (1471) 

What does that mean? It’s a bit like if every time we sin, we pound a nail into the trunk of a tree. When we receive God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus removes the nails. However, they leave holes. Penance repairs the holes left by the nails. The Church offers an indulgence as a way to receive God’s grace to repair holes either for oneself or for someone who died before their holes were repaired. Learn more about the Church’s teaching on indulgences in paragraphs 1471-1479 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  I heard there’s a plenary indulgence for those who participate in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. What does that mean? Does that include the Source and Summit Eucharistic Procession?

On April 9, 2024, the USCCB announced: “A decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary and approved by Pope Francis indicates that the plenary indulgence will be granted to the Christian faithful who participate in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage at any point between May 17 and July 16, 2024. It will also be granted to the elderly, infirm, and all those who cannot leave their homes for a serious reason and who participate in spirit with the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, uniting their prayers, pains, or inconveniences with Christ and the pilgrimage. This indulgence is granted under the usual conditions of sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father. The faithful may also apply this indulgence through suffrage for the souls of the faithful departed in Purgatory. In recognition of this extraordinary event, the Apostolic Penitentiary also requests that all priests who have been endowed with the appropriate faculties for hearing Confessions present themselves willingly and generously in administering the Sacrament of Penance to all who participate in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage.” More information can be found on the USCCB website

Participation in the Source and Summit Eucharistic Procession on June 23, 2024, fulfills the requirement to participate in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. 

  How do I answer the question, “What are you crazy Catholics doing here?”

As Catholics, we believe Jesus meant what he said at the Last Supper before he died, when he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” (Luke 22:19) We take it literally when he says in John 6:51, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven... and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” Catholics believe that God transforms the bread that is offered at every Mass into Jesus' Body and that he remains with us in this transformed bread that we call the Eucharist. In Eucharistic processions, we respond to Jesus' call to "follow me" by following Jesus present in the Eucharist out into the world. We also pray that God will bless and bring life to the communities that we pass through. Like in Jesus' earthly life, when "large crowds followed him and he healed them there" (Matthew 19:2), we follow him and ask him to heal our hurting world.

  Are pets allowed?

For the safety and comfort of all and to maintain the Solemn Processions, please leave all pets at home. Only registered service animals are allowed. 

  How should I dress for a Eucharistic Procession?

Please dress according to the weather and wear comfortable footwear appropriate for a long walk on pavement. A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and umbrellas are recommended.

  What should I bring for a Eucharistic Procession?

Please bring your own water bottle and any snacks you may need. Please do not bring signs.

  What happens if it rains?

Eucharistic processions will continue in light rain, so please dress and prepare accordingly. In the possibility of a severe weather threat, organizers may decide to modify or cancel the event in part or in its entirety. Please watch this website for updates on the day of the event. 

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