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September 29, 2000 Issue
Local News

Dominicans hold Eucharistic Congress

Three thousand attend outdoor Mass in San Juan square


By Tony Staley
Compass Editor

The Green Bay Diocese will celebrate its Jubilee Year Eucharistic Congress Oct. 13-14 at St. Norbert College, De Pere.

But in the Dominican Republic, the Diocese of San Juan, which includes the Green Bay Diocese's missions at Elias Piña and El Llano, celebrated its Eucharistic Congress on June 22, the feast of Corpus Christi (the feast is observed on a Sunday in the U.S.)

Bp. Jose Grullon presided at the outdoor Mass in St. John the Baptist Cathedral square. More than 3,000 people took part. Concelebrants included Fr. Bill Hoffman, a priest of the Green Bay Diocese and rector of the Cathedral Parish, and Fr. Mike Seis, pastor of the Green Bay Diocese's mission parishes.

Catholics from throughout the diocese came in buses, cars, motorcycles and in the back of pickups and flatbed trucks. Most walked in procession the last mile or two to the cathedral. Some walked the entire way - 36 miles for one group.

At the start of his homily, Bp. Grullon invited the congregation to join him in repeating the day's theme: Allegremonos. Jesus esta vivo entre nosotros. Recibelo. ("Rejoice. Jesus is living among us. Receive him.")

They quickly and enthusiastically joined their charismatic bishop - waving their hands and shouting out the theme.

In his homily, Bp. Grullon reminded the assembly that when Jesus sent his disciples to prepare the paschal dinner, he was telling them to make room in their hearts for the coming of God within us because "He is our God and we are his people."

After Mass, worshipers were invited to visit the cathedral for prayer to receive the Jubilee Year plenary indulgence.

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