Pioneers Prepare for the 50th Eucharistic Congress

iec-2012The Pioneer Association will be one of hundreds of Irish and international exhibitors participating  in the 50th Eucharistic Congress. 

Congress organizers estimate that over 25,000 delegates a day will attend the event which runs daily from 11 to 16 June 2012  in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS). Statio Orbi. The Liturgy on the final day of the Congress, will be celebrated in Croke Park, Dublin on Sunday 17 June 2012.
The Programme of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress is built around the daily celebration of the Eucharist and each day has a theme of its own, related to the main Congress theme of The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another.

The following is a condensed edition of the Congress programme.
The main events of the programme take place in the RDS Arena. On most days these will be in the afternoon and will include:
• The Catechesis: a “teaching” moment, usually presented by a bishop, reflecting on the theme of the day and its challenges
• The Testimony: words of encouragement and inspiration from a lay-person with a story of faith to tell
• Celebration of the Eucharist: Mass celebrated with all the Congress delegates, presided over by a bishop
There are some variations from day to day and you can see these below.
Alongside the programme in the Arena, there is a full programme of workshops and cultural events, many of which are now confirmed. In addition there is the Youth Space which has its own dedicated programme, details of which will appear shortly.
Date Theme Speakers in Arena 
Sunday 10th June - Feast of the Day: Corpus Christi.
- Theme: Gathering
Opening Ceremony
- Main Liturgy: Celebration of the Eucharist - Papal Legate 
Monday 11th June - Feast of the Day: St Barnabas
- Theme: Communion in One Baptism
Morning Mass by Language Groups
Principal Liturgy: Ecumenical Liturgy of Word and Water - Br. Alois Löser (Prior of the Taizé Community, France),
- Dr Maria Voce (President of Focolare)
- Right Rev. Michael Jackson (Anglican Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough)
- Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev (Metropolitan Archbishop of Volokolamsk -Russian Orthodox) 
Tuesday 12th June - Feast of the Day: Ordinary week day
- Theme: Communion in Marriage and Family
(Family Day)
- Principal Liturgy: Celebration of the Eucharist - Most Rev. Barry Hickey (Archbishop of Perth)
- Dr Carl Anderson (Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus)
- His Eminence André Cardinal Vingt Trois (Archbishop of Paris) 
Wednesday 13th June - Feast of the Day: St Anthony of Padua
- Theme: Priesthood and Ministry in the Service of Communion
- Principal Liturgy: Celebration of the Eucharist
Evening Eucharistic Procession - Most Rev. J. Michael Miller (Archbishop of Vancouver, Canada)
- Ms Noreen Carroll (Foxrock parish, Dublin)
- His Eminence, Oscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríquez Maradiaga (Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 
Thursday 14th June Feast of the Day: Ordinary week day
Theme: Reconciliation in our Communion
Principal Liturgies:
-  Liturgy of Reconciliation (Morning)
- Celebration of the Eucharist (Afternoon) - His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Turkson (President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Rome)
- Mr Richard Moore (Children in Crossfire)
- His Eminence, Seán Cardinal Brady (Archdiocese of Armagh, Ireland) 
Friday 15th June Feast of the Day: Sacred Heart of Jesus
Theme: Communion in Suffering and in Healing
Principal Liturgy: Celebration of the Eucharist with Anointing of the Sick - Ms Rose Busingye (Meeting Point, Kampala, Uganda)
- Partriarch Fouad Twal (Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem) 
Saturday 16th June Feast of the Day: Immaculate Heart of Mary
Theme: Communion in the Word through Mary
Principal Liturgy: Celebration of the Eucharist - Most Rev. Luis Antonio Tagle (Archdiocese of Manila, Philipines)
- Dr John Monaghan (Deputy President, Society of St Vincent de Paul)
- His Eminence, Robert Cardinal Sarah (President, Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Rome) 
Sunday 17th June Statio Orbis (In Croke Park)
Principal Liturgy: Celebration of the Eucharist Papal Legate 
Members & Booking for the Congress
You can book to attend the 50th Congress International Congress for seven days, three days or one day
Booking Includes Booking until 9th May 2012 Onsite Booking BOOK NOW
7 days registration - Full 7 day programme in RDS from 10th until 16th June

- Pilgrim pack

- Admission to Statio Orbis for additional €10
 €95 €105
3 days registration - 3  consecutive days programme in RDS (during 10th until 16th June)

- Pilgrim pack

- Admission to Statio Orbis for additional €10

€285 (Family)

€300 (Family)
Single day tickets

 - One day programme in RDS

- Does not include Admission to Statio Orbis


€28 (Concession)

€25 (Child)

€95 (Family)

€30 (Concession)

€28 (Child)

€100 (Family)
Statio Orbis

17th June in Croke Park
 - Admission available to pilgrims booking for 3 or 7 days for an additional €10 at the time of booking.

- Limited admission will be available through the Irish parish network in early January 2012
 Key dates to remember:

•Close of on-line booking - 9th May 2012 (after 9th May 2012, bookings will be on-site).
•No cancellation refunds given after 31st January 2012 – refunds prior to this will be subject to an administration fee of €16
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Speaking in the lead-up to the Congress, Pioneer CEO, Padraig Brady said:

“In recent months we have been busy preparing a strong presence for the Pioneers so that we can serve our existing members and target new members during the week-long Congress. Our stand has been developed with a keen eye on communicating a clear message to our target national and international audiences. We have developed a limited number of promotional materials that the Association can use both during and well after the Congress. At all times, the  Association remains acutely aware of the cost effectiveness of its Congress undertaking.

“I would encourage as many members as possible to visit the Congress. Please remember to visit the Pioneer Congress stand.  Our stand is number 136 and will be located in the middle of the ground floor exhibition area. We look forward to meeting as many Pioneer members as possible at the Congress”, concluded Padraig.