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Article: Plenary indulgence offered to Eucharistic pilgrimage participants

The Catholic Times (Original Article Link)

June 3, 2024

A plenary indulgence is being offered to anyone who takes part in the National Eucharistic Procession, which will be passing through the Diocese of Columbus from Monday, June 24 to Sunday, June 30 on its way westward to the National Eucharistic Congress, scheduled from Wednesday, July 17 to Sunday, July 21 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The elderly, infirm or those who cannot leave their homes for a serious reason, and who participate in spirit with the pilgrimage, uniting their prayers, pains or inconveniences with Christ and the pilgrimage, may also receive the indulgence, which removes all temporal punishment due an individual for sin. 

Conditions for receiving the indulgence include participating in the pilgrimage, making a sacramental Confession and receiving Holy Communion in the days leading up to or just after the pilgrimage participation, and praying for the intentions of the Holy Father. The indulgence may be applied to the souls in Purgatory.

The Columbus diocese is part of one of four pilgrimages starting in various sections of the United States and heading for Indianapolis. It began on Pentecost Sunday, May 19 in Connecticut and will have traveled through New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia before entering Ohio on Friday, June 21 in the Diocese of Steubenville.

The first of eight pilgrimage stops in the diocese will be at the “cradle of Catholicism in Ohio,” Somerset St. Joseph Church, 5757 State Route 383, on Monday, June 24, with Eucharistic Adoration from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., followed by Mass at 7 and a Eucharistic procession at 8.

Over the following six days, the procession will travel west to Newark Blessed Sacrament Church, 394 E. Main St., and Newark St. Francis de Sales Church, 40 Granville St., on Tuesday, June 25 and Pickerington St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 600 Hill Road N., on Wednesday, June 26.

Father Roger Landry, chaplain of Columbia University in New York, who is leading the pilgrims from Connecticut to Indianapolis, will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at the Pickerington Mass.

The pilgrimage will travel to Columbus Christ the King Church, 2777 E. Livingston Ave., on Thursday, June 27; Columbus St. Charles Preparatory School, 2010 E. Broad St., on Friday, June 28; Westerville St. Paul the Apostle Church, 313 N. State St., on Saturday, June 29 and Columbus St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 E. Broad St., on Sunday, June 30.

Bishop Earl Fernandes will celebrate Masses at 7 p.m. Monday in Somerset, at 7 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday in Columbus, at 10 a.m. Saturday in Westerville and at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the cathedral. The Mass on Thursday will be in Spanish and the Masses on Friday and Sunday will be bilingual.

Besides Father Landry, another priest, a brother, a seminarian and five young adults will be traveling from Connecticut to Indianapolis on what is known as the Seton route of the national pilgrimage. The Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love also will travel with the Seton route.

They will visit holy sites, embrace the sacraments daily and publicly proclaim Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist throughout the journey.

The route is named after St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint to be canonized by the Catholic Church. A convert to Catholicism, the young mother and widow was drawn to the Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton opened the first free Catholic school for girls in America in 1810. Her work laid the foundation for today’s parochial school system. A relic of Mother Seton from The Museum of Catholic Art and History in Columbus will be on display at the pilgrimage locations. 

At least two diocesan parishes are offering travel packages to the Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis. Columbus St. Peter and Powell St. Joan of Arc churches are planning a trip for $785 that will cover the costs of a five-day conference pass, hotel accommodations, breakfast, and bus transportation from and to Columbus and from the hotel to the conference. For questions, contact Jen Whitsett at

Sunbury St. John Neumann Church’s trip will cost $300 for bus transportation and a complimentary lunch at the Shrine of the Holy Relics in Maria Stein, or $200 for a conference pass without bus transportation. Accommodations, meals and transportation costs to and from the conference are on your own. For inquiries, go to Paul Stokell at

For more about the congress, go to


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