Eucharistic Congress

Join us for the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress on Saturday, March 19, 2022!


As we celebrate the Year of the Real Presence, you are warmly invited to join us in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist!


This one-day event held at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena in Allentown will feature three tracks for participants – Youth and Young Adults, Adults, and Spanish-speaking.


Each track will include refreshments, morning speaker, and witness talk.  All participants will be invited to participate in the bilingual rosary, lunch, adoration, and confession, a keynote speaker, and Mass celebrated by Bishop Schlert to conclude the day.


Featured Speakers include:


Msgr. Charles Pope is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and was ordained a priest in 1989. Msgr. Pope attended George Mason University for undergraduate studies where he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and worked with the Army Corp of Engineers as a Computer Systems Analyst. Msgr. Pope’s interest in the priesthood stems from his experience as a church musician.  Monsignor Pope is currently the Pastor of Holy Comforter – St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. and in his spare time is involved with Catholic media and lectures across America, and has attracted many readers from across the globe through the internet.  You can find Monsignor’s blog here:



Fr. García Almodóvar, one of 12 children, was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He is the son of Adrian García and Ramonita Almodovar, and his home parish is Holy Infancy, Bethlehem. He is a 1989 graduate of Liberty High School, Bethlehem, attended Penn State University and received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Before entering the seminary he was a guidance counselor in the Bethlehem Area School District. Fr. García Almodóvar served as a transitional deacon this year at St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Easton. His first priestly assignment was as Assistant Pastor of St. Peter, Reading.  He is currently the Pastor of St. Margaret Parish, Reading.



Sarah Yaklic is a digital media specialist passionate about transforming the digital highways into places of authentic encounter and avenues for healing and connection. Sarah started her digital evangelization career in the Archdiocese of Washington where she managed the nation’s digital outreach for Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to the United States and yielded global trending across the archdiocesan social media platforms. Her journey led her to the University of Notre Dame where she worked with President Jenkins in launching Grotto Network, a digital initiative aimed at connecting young adults. Sarah led the Grotto team in securing two Emmy awards for producing faith stories in creative and engaging ways. Today, she serves Archbishop Gomez as the Chief Digital Officer for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


The registration period for this event has closed.  If you have questions about the event, please contact Jessica Edris at


Hourly Schedule

Saturday, March 19

9:00AM - 9:45AM
Welcome and Refreshments
Walson Center
10:00AM - 10:45AM
Featured Speaker - Youth and Young Adult, Adult, and Spanish Tracks
10:45AM - 11:00AM
Witness Talks
11:00AM - 11:30AM
Bilingual Rosary
11:30AM - 2:30PM
Time for Lunch, Adoration, Confession
2:30PM - 3:45PM
Keynote Speaker - Msgr. Pope
3:45PM - 4:00PM
4:15PM - 5:00PM
Mass celebrated by Bishop Schlert

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