Blessed Carlo Acutis Provides Inspiration for the Eucharistic Revival
Blessed Carlo Acutis is the patron saint of the first year of the National Eucharistic Revival and one of its intercessors. This initiative began in June 2022 and will run through its culmination in the National Eucharistic Congress in July of 2024. The U.S. Bishops were presented with a first-class relic of Blessed Carlo by Italian Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of the Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino this past spring. There are multiple opportunities around the country for the faithful to venerate the relic.
Blessed Carlo Acutis, the first person from the millennial generation to be beatified, was an Italian teenager who used technology to spread devotion to the Eucharist. He died at the age of 15 in 2006 from leukemia, and he offered his suffering for the Church and for the pope. His stated goal throughout his short life was: “To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan.”
Blessed Carlo called the Eucharist “my highway to heaven,” believing that “by standing before the Eucharistic Christ, we become holy.” With his family’s support, Carlo worked tirelessly for more than two years to create exhibitions dedicated to the Eucharist and its miracles experienced throughout the world. His efforts have had a hand in spreading devotion to the Eucharist, even after his death.
The Diocese of Austin will host the relics of Blessed Carlo Acutis and St. Manuel Gonzalez at the following times and locations:
- Our Lady of Wisdom University Parish in San Marcos on Feb. 24.
- St. Mary Cathedral in Austin on Feb. 25.
- University Catholic Center in Austin on Feb. 26.
- St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish in Harker Heights on Feb. 27.
- St. Peter Catholic Center in Waco on Feb. 28.
- St. Mary Catholic Center in College Station on March 1.
Visit Blessed Carlo Acutis’ website at miracolieucaristici.org to view his exhibit on Eucharistic Miracles.