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Article: Eucharistic pilgrimage to reach Ohio Valley, bring blessings

Many thanks to Chloë Mesogitis and WTOV for their article and video on June 19. To watch the video, please click on the image below to be taken to the original story.


JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — The Diocese of Steubenville is excited to welcome the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage to the Ohio Valley, where several pilgrims will be travelling on foot to bless local communities.


Bobette Huzovic is a part of the National Eucharistic Revival at the diocese.


She says the event is a part of the 3-year revival of the eucharist. There are 30 pilgrims taking different routes across the country to get to Indianapolis for the Eucharistic Congress.


Six people are walking by foot to Steubenville on the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Route, which Huzovic says is coming from New Haven, Conn.


The Diocese of Steubenville and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston will hold a joint event to lead a eucharistic procession on the Ohio River, as they will head off to their next stop --Bellaire.


"They will be travelling down the river, moving side to side, West Virginia to the Ohio side to ring the bell and give the blessing," Huzovic said.


And with the recently announced switch of apostolic administrators at the diocese -- Bishop Paul Bradley to Bishop Edward Lohse of Kalamazoo, Mich. -- Bradley will still be involved in the weekend.


"He'll be here Friday for the singspiration, and then they'll pass the eucharist from the pilgrims to here in Steubenville," said Dino Orsatti from the diocese of Steubenville.


"Sunday there will be a mass with Bishop Lohse at Holy Rosary at 10 a.m., then after the mass, they'll process to the marina, and the marina to the sternwheeler."


Both Orsatti and Huzovic say it will be a great blessing for the community.


A service will be Sunday at noon at the Steubenville Marina.



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