Diocese of Knoxville Eucharistic Congress with Family Weekend

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202 Gists Creek Road

Sevierville, 37876

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Celebrating the Diocese of Knoxville's 25th Anniversary

Eucharistic Congress with Family Weekend

September 13 & 14, 2013

His Presence + Our Faith + Families Together In Christ

You must register for the Eucharistic Congress and lodging separately.

This registration form is for the Congress only.

Lodging Information

Discount rates are available at most of the hotels/resorts listed below for the nights of
Sep 13 and 14. However, periods of availability are subject to change so please inquire of the hotel as whether they are currently offering a discount for the Eucharistic Congress.

Wilderness at the Smokies Hotel and Waterpark Resort
(Discount rates are no longer available)

River Lodge
190 Gists Creek Road
Sevierville, TN 37876


La Quinta Inn & Suites

Sevierville / Kodak

* Pet friendly hotel with indoor and outdoor pool located 4.7 miles away from the Sevierville Convention Center.

2428 Winfield Dunn Pkwy Sevierville, TN 37764

Phone: 1-865-933-3339 Fax: 1-865-933-9930


Days Inn

Located 7.5 miles from the Sevierville Convention Center immediately off of I-40 at the 407 Exit

3402 Winfield Dunn Pkwy Kodak, TN 37764

865-933-4500 or 1-800-304-3915


Hampton Inn

Located 2.5 miles past Wilderness on Winfield Dunn Parkway in the direction of Pigeon Forge.

681 Winfield Dunn ParkwaySevierville, TN 37862



Hampton Inn and Suites

Located next to the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium off of Exist #407
8.4 miles from the Sevierville Convention Center

105 Stadium Drive

Kodak, TN 37764



Eucharistic Congress Information

Eucharist Congress Speakers – “Almost Miraculous!”

Our Eucharistic Congress marks the beginning of a yearlong celebration in the Diocese of Knoxville on the occasion of our 25th Jubilee anniversary. Joining us in celebrating this special occasion are some of the most influential personalities in the U.S. Catholic Church—a lineup called “almost miraculous”— our keynote speaker His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will be joined also by His Eminence, Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia; and popular EWTN speakers and authors Father Robert Barron and Dr. Scott Hahn. Breakout sessions for the youth will include the talents of ValLimar Johnson and the musical talents of Josh Blakesley and Sarah Kroger. A Hispanic program for the youth will feature the inspirational music of Johann Alvarez and an adult program led by Father Rafael Capó, Executive Director of the Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI), and Sister Rosa Hernández, MGSpS of the Diocese of Stockton.

Download a complete schedule of events in PDF format.

Eucharistic Congress FAQ – Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

What is a Eucharistic Congress?
In his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Blessed John Paul II begins by stating that “The Church draws her life from the Eucharist…. In a variety of ways [the Church] joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise of Christ: ‘Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age,’ but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of the Lord, She rejoices in this presence with unique intensity.”

A Eucharistic Congress is an opportunity for Catholics to “rejoice in this presence with unique intensity.” A Congress gathers Catholics from all walks of life, ethnicity, age and vocation for a period of time in order to deepen their understanding of the Eucharist, to take part in this “thanksgiving”—the definition of Eucharist—and to fellowship.

During the Congress, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to outstanding Catholic speakers who will help us to deeply reflect upon the mystery of the Eucharistic sacrifice, “the source and summit of the Christian life.” There will be time to adore Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and to avail ourselves of the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation, as well as time to enjoy fellowship with other Catholics.

Our Eucharistic Congress, the region’s very first, will mark the beginning of our Jubilee Year of Celebration and will represent an extraordinary hymn of gratitude to Christ for the growth of the Catholic faith in East Tennessee.

Do other Dioceses have Eucharistic Congresses?
Yes, Atlanta has the largest Eucharistic Congress in the United States. It takes place near the Feast of Corpus Christi and welcomes more than 30,000 people. There are other dioceses that host a Eucharistic Congress, some of which are: the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Archdiocese of Boston and the Diocese of Charlotte. There is also an International Eucharistic Congress that takes place every four years. The 2012 International Eucharistic Congress was held in Dublin, Ireland, and the next Congress is scheduled in Cebu, Philippine Islands, in 2016.

Do I need to register for the Eucharistic Congress? Is there a cost?
As we are a small mission diocese, there is a fee for the Eucharistic Congress. But for those who register before April 15, the cost for adults is $15 and for children is $10. Lunch is included in the price. After April 15, the cost for adults will be $20 and for children $10. Registration online is a simple one-step process.

Are young children free and if so, what ages?
Yes, children ages 5 and under are free. Children and youth ages 6-17 are $10 if registered before the April 15 Early Bird Registration period ends. After April 15, Children and youth ages 6-17 will be $15.

Is daycare available? If so, is there a cost?
Yes, daycare is available, but only for those who register for this service because space is limited. VIRTUS trained, CPR qualified and certified Day Care staff will be on hand. Once you have accessed the registration page, you will be able to select from three categories of child care – a) 6 weeks old to 30 months, b) 2 ½ years to 5 years old, c) ages 6-12. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $35 per child.

What will be offered for meals?
Box lunches will be made available to all registered persons. During the registration process a choice is offered between Ham, Turkey and Vegetarian. Drinks and other food items will be available for purchase throughout the convention center at designated vendor stations.

How can I get more information?
Continue to visit this site for the most up-to-date information on the upcoming Eucharistic Congress in the Diocese of Knoxville. You can also find information on Facebook – by “Liking Us” at Catholic Diocese of Knoxville (official) and on Twitter @DOKCatholics. The diocese will also disseminate printed materials through the parishes, including bulletin announcements. Each parish is asked to have a designated Eucharistic Congress liaison that will be available to answer any questions you might have. The East Tennessee Catholic also has articles on the Eucharist leading up to the Congress, September 13-14, 2013. And, of course, you may call the diocesan offices at (865) 584-3307.

Why should I attend?
Not often, as Catholics, do we have the opportunity to come together to celebrate the greatest gift of our Church – the Holy Eucharist, shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of Catholics rejoicing in His presence with “unique intensity.” This Eucharistic Congress will be an opportunity to be thankful, to deepen our relationship with God through the power of the Holy Spirit and adore Christ who gave everything for us. And who doesn’t like great speakers, good music and lots of fun? There will be something for everyone.

Will there be a Mass? Will it fulfill my Sunday obligation?
An all-schools Mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 13 at 6:30 pm at the Sevierville Convention Center. Immediately following, there will be an adult program as well as two separate youth concerts and adoration. Mass will also be celebrated on Saturday, September 14 at 5 pm and will fulfill the Sunday obligation.

Will there be reconciliation? When?
There will be ample opportunity to go to reconciliation Friday evening as well as all day on Saturday up until 3 pm. Priests will be available both days at designated reconciliation areas throughout the convention center.

Will the Speakers have tables where books and CDs may be purchased?
Yes, several of our speakers, to include Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron will have books and CDs for sale. The Paraclete Bookstore will also have tables with various items for sale.

Where do I park? Is there a charge?
There is plenty of free parking available at the Sevierville Convention Center. We do encourage parishes to arrange bus transportation for their parishioners if possible.

Can non-Catholics participate?
Absolutely! We encourage you to bring your family, friends and neighbors. They are sure to have a great experience.

Will there be different tracks for adults, youth and children?
Yes, there will be an English and Hispanic adult program as well as an English and Spanish youth program.

Driving Instructions
The Sevierville Convention Center and The Wilderness at the Smokies Hotel and Waterpark Resort are located 6.6 miles from Interstate 40 (Exit 407) just off of TN Route 66 to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. Turn right at traffic signal number 17.4 – there’s no missing it!

For additional information, please visit our diocesan website.