It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, to be held in Quebec City from June 15 to 22, 2008.

On October 17, 2004, our beloved Pope John Paul II entrusted our Diocese with the mission of organizing this great international gathering.  It is an opportunity for Catholics from around the world to celebrate their faith in the Eucharist and to bear witness to the Gospel by sharing moments of prayer, reflection and fraternity.

This Congress will be celebrated during the year marking the 400th Anniversary of foundation of Quebec City, seat of the first Catholic Diocese north of Mexico.  Throughout the many festivities of 2008, we will remember the women and men of faith who built this country with evangelical roots that remain as part of our heritage.

I hope you will come in great numbers to attend the Eucharistic Congress, as well as the other civic and religious events that will highlight this very special year.  On the present website, you will find information enabling you to take full advantage of the celebrations and to prepare for the Congress in prayer and reflection.  I wish to thank all those who have generously helped to plan and organize the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress.

As Archbishop of this Diocese, I am looking forward to sharing with you these days of faith and thanksgiving which will enable us to appreciate even more God’s gift of himself for the life of the world.  I invite you to pray for the spiritual success of this great event in service to the new evangelization.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet
Archbishop of Quebec and President of the Planning Committee

© 2008 International Eucharistic Congress