Adoremus Liverpool 2018 - the Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress

Published 6th of September 2018


When: Saturday through Sunday, the 7th, 8th and 9th of September, 2018

Where: Liverpool City, the ACC Echo Arena (the 7th and 8th), the metropolitan cathedral of Christ the King (the 9th)

Such events do not take place very often in the life of the Church and the preparations continue to be made for the large number of visitors who are expected to visit Liverpool across this weekend. We would like to invite you, if you haven't already and would like to, to make arrangements to travel from your parishes to Liverpool. The Adult Formation Office has arranged for coaches to carry people across from Nottingham, Leicester and Derby. The following is a programme summary that has been copied over from the website of the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales, which contains much more information. The programme has been divided according to the three days and arranged below accordingly.

I. The Adoremus Symposium (Friday the 7th of September)

10:00-10:30 Arrival and Coffee
10:30-11:00 Welcome & Opening Prayer: the Most Rev. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP and His Grace the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain.
11:00-11:45 Keynote 1: The Scriptural Context, by the Rev. Canon Mervyn Tower, Parish Priest, Corpus Christi, Oxford
12:00-12:45 Keynote 2: The Eucharist in the life of the Church, by the Rev. Canon David J Oakley, Rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott
12:50-13:35 Keynote 3: Teaching the Eucharist, by Sr. Margaret Atkins CRSA, of the Augustinian Community at Boarbank Hall in Cumbria

In the afternoon delegates can attend 1 of the 3 presentations for each time slot
14:30-15:15 Presentation Set 1: preparing Children for the Sacraments of Initiation, preparing children for their First Holy Communion in a completely Christocentric way, maximising the opportunity of sacramental catechesis to help the children encounter Jesus and the Church, in full accordance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Dora Nash is the author of popular Sacramental Preparation Courses Confirmed in the Faith and Jesus Comes to Me); the ministry of the Eucharist in hospitals and prisons (the Rt. Rev. Bishop Paul Mason is an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Rev. Fr. Paul Douthwaite is the Bishops’ Conference National Chaplain for Prisons); Eucharistic Liturgical Rites outside of Mass (the Rev. Fr. Paul Gunter OSB, a monk of Douai Abbey, is secretary of the Department of Christian Life and Worship of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and parish priest of Our Lady and St Joseph, Alcester)
15:30-16:15 Presentation Set 2: the Eucharist as a sign of the Church’s Unity: “One Bread, One Body” revisited (the Rev. Fr. Dominic Robinson SJ teaches Dogmatic and Pastoral Theology at Heythrop College and Allen Hall Seminary and is vice-chair of the Society for Ecumenical Studies and of Churches Together in Westminster and the Rev. Canon John O’Toole is National Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Anglican, Methodist and Salvation Army ecumenical colleagues); “A kingdom of justice, love and peace”: the Eucharist and Social Justice (Dr. Phil McCarthy is the Chief Executive of Caritas Social Action Network); “Teaching children to pray before the Eucharist” (Julie Rourke is a Primary Religious Education Advisor and Section 48 Inspector for the Christian Education Department at the Archdiocese of Liverpool);
16:30–17:15 Presentation Set 3: “John Henry Newman and Dominic Barberi: An historical moment in Eucharistic Adoration” (the Rev. Fr. Ian Ker is generally regarded as the leading authority on the life and writings of Bl. John Henry Newman, on whom he has written the definitive biography as well as several other books); “Musical resources for Adoration” (Dr. Christopher McElroy is the Director of Music at Liverpool’s iconic Metropolitan Cathedral); Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Ministry and Practice (the Rev. Fr. Chris Thomas is a priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool and the Director of its lrenaeus Project and Sr. Moira Meeghan is a Sister of S. Mary of Namur who grew up in S. Helen's and followed a career in teaching, culminating in the headship of a joint Catholic and Church of England primary school primary school in Liverpool)

17:30–17:45 Conclusion & Closing Prayer
18.15 Choral Vespers followed by Mass at 1900 is available at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral for those wishing to attend

II. The Adoremus Congress (Saturday the 8th of September)

8:15 Morning Prayer and Mass at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, for those wishing to attend
9:30 Arena opens
10:30 Welcome & Opening Prayer: the Rt. Rev. Bishop Robert Byrne, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Greeting by His Grace the Apostolic Nuncio and a welcome from the Most Rev. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
11:00 Keynote 1: the Rt. Rev. Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
13:30 Keynote 2: the Rt. Rev. Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
14:30 Exploring the themes of the congress with Drama, Testimony and Presentations
16:00 Exposition and Benediction with Evening Prayer of Corpus Christi to include a reflection from His Emminence the Most Rev. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales
17:00 Finish

III. The Adoremus Pilgrimage (Sunday the 9th of September)

9:30 Solemn Mass; celebrant: the Most Rev. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
11:30 Solemn Mass; celebrant: His Eminence the Most Rev. Cardinal Vincent Nichols; preacher: the Most Rev. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
13:00 Outdoor Eucharistic Procession
14:45 Benediction
15:00 Finish

UPDATE: The CBCEW has arranged live coverage of the event, provided by Shalom World, a Catholic television channel that offers a variety of programs for the whole family. Shalom World's free app may be used on smartphones, tablets, smart TVs or their website at

Events may also be followed at the following websites:

The live broadcast schedule is as below:

FRIDAY, 7th September: 10:00AM to 2:00PM

SATURDAY, 8th September:10:00AM to 2:00PM

SUNDAY, 9th September: 11:00AM to 1:00PM