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Hearts Aflame: Eucharistic Congress

Eucharistic Congress


Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has announced a major event for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany: the Hearts Aflame Eucharistic Congress to be held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the
Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville.

In our Catholic tradition, a “Eucharistic Congress” is a special gathering led by the bishop focused on our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. It is a time of joy, fellowship, prayer, and unity. This will be a time of spiritual renewal for our whole diocese.

The day will include:

  • Mass with the bishop
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Activities for Children and Youth
  • Eucharistic Adoration & Procession
  • Tours of the Shrine
  • Fellowship & unity with other Catholics

All Catholics in the diocese are invited to attend. Parishes are strongly encouraged to organize groups to travel to the event.


Hearts Aflame is a free event open to all; there is no cost to attend. Lunch will be available for purchase or you may bring your own. Lunch orders must be in by Friday, Sept. 14.


Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins welcome. Check in at information table. Please bring a lunch, as lunch orders are now closed.


“On September 22, I ask that the Shrine become a pilgrimage site for Catholics from every corner of our diocese… “This will be a spiritual event, hallowed in part by the very ground on which it is held.  My hope is that the Holy Spirit will make this a powerful time of spiritual renewal for our entire diocese.”

Read Bishop Ed's Letter


Hearts Aflame is being held at the “spiritual center”Hearts Aflame1.jpeg of our diocese, the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville.  The Shrine is a beautiful 600-acre property situated on the banks of the Mohawk River. It commemorates the martyrdom of three Jesuit missionaries, as well as St. Kateri and other heroes of the faith who impacted this part of the country.

In addition to the stupendous 1930s-era coliseum, where the main Mass will be celebrated, there are numerous chapels and prayer-paths that visitors have enjoyed for decades. The beautiful location is just one more reason to attend Hearts Aflame! If you live in the Diocese of Albany and have not visited the Shrine, this is a tremendous opportunity to be inspired!

Address for GPS Directions
136 Shrine Rd, Fultonville, NY 12072

SCHEDULE - SEP 22, 2018:

8:00 am

Arrival & Onsite Registration. Shrine grounds open for the event.

8:00 am - 10:15 am

Confession Offered (in front of the Pieta Statue)

9:00 am

Morning Prayer (Coliseum)


Speaker: Fr. Patrick Winslow


Keynote: Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger

10:30 am

Mass (Coliseum)


Eucharistic Procession following


Concurrently Following the Eucharistic Procession:




Adoration (St. Kateri Chapel)


Confession Offered (In front of the Pieta Statue)


Museum Open (Shrine Museum)


Self-guided tour of the Shrine grounds


Children's Activities Tent Open

1:30 pm

Witness Presentations (Coliseum)

2:30 pm

Midafternoon Prayer, Benediction and Closing Remarks (Coliseum)

Following the Closing Remarks:

You are welcome to explore the Shrine grounds until closing at dusk.

*All times are approximate. Announcements will be made throughout the day about logistics.

Please follow the instructions for the Eucharistic Procession at the conclusion of Mass.