Catholic Review: National Eucharistic Pilgrimage at St. John

Catholic Review: National Eucharist Pilgrimage meets rain and prayers at first Maryland stop


WESTMINSTER – The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage eastern route arrived in Maryland for three days of prayer, adoration and procession with a stop June 5 at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Carroll County.

The route – named for Maryland’s own St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint – is one of four coming from all corners of the country to join up July 17 at the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis.

More than 500 people gathered at the church to hear a brief talk by Father Roger Landry, one of 56 eucharistic preachers in the U.S., who is accompanying the pilgrims on the Seton route.

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Photo: Miguel Balbuena

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Associate Pastor Transition

After four years of faithful service to our pastorate family of St. John and St. Joseph, Fr. Rey Landicho’s (pictured left) assignment as our Associate Pastor will end on July 1, 2024, after which, he will be returning to serve in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

We most certainly want to take the opportunity to thank Fr. Rey for his priestly ministry, show our love, and spend time with him in prayer and fellowship. Please mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, June 8 when Fr. Rey will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 4:30pm followed by a reception in his honor in the Portico. His final weekend with us will be June 15-16.

Effective July 1, 2024, Archbishop Lori has appointed Fr. Joseph Kim (pictured right) as our new associate pastor. Fr. Kim was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ for the Archdiocese of Boston in 2018. His family lives in Maryland. In 2022, he petitioned to serve in the Archdiocese of Baltimore due to family health concerns. His request was granted and was assigned to the Pastorate of Prince of Peace (Edgewood) and St. Francis de Sales (Abingdon) as Associate Pastor from July 2023 to June 2024. In gratitude to God, he looks forward to meeting and serving the people of St. John and St. Joseph in collaboration with Fr. Mark, Fr. Leandro, and our staff. Fr. Kim’s first weekend with us will be July 6-7.

St. Nick’s Workshop

In the fall of 2022, St. John gratefully received a $25,000 grant to invest in building St. Nick’s Workshop, a one-of-a-kind, interactive Catholic children’s museum here on St. John’s campus. We’ve hired professionals at Our Sunday Visitor to help guide the development of this project aimed at bringing families closer to the Lord through fun, hands-on activities. St. Nick’s Workshop will not only help inspire children to engage with their faith but will strengthen and encourage parents in their roles as their children’s primary catechists. Our team aims to have a prototype of this museum ready to open by December 6, 2024.

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National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

St. John is thrilled to be a stop on the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage this summer! This historic Eucharistic procession across America features four different routes, all converging at the end in Indianapolis for the 10th National Eucharistic Congress. The Archdiocese of Baltimore is featured on the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Route, the Eastern arm of the pilgrimage. Throughout their journey, they will be making stops at various religious sites.

St. John will have the honor of being a stop on the evening of Wednesday, June 5. We will host the Perpetual Pilgrims and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Baltimore for the following events:

Eucharistic Procession | 5pm
Join a Eucharistic procession from St. John to the historic cemetery in Downtown Westminster. The Procession will then return to St. John and end with Benediction.
Total distance: 2.2 miles

Cookout | 6:30pm (following the Procession)
Enjoy delicious food and more with the pilgrims in the St. John parking lot! Bring your own blankets and chairs. This dinner is free with free-will offerings accepted.
Rain Location: The Portico

For planning purposes, please register if you plan to attend these events.

Register and get the full Archdiocese of Baltimore Pilgrimage event schedule HERE.

Click to learn more about the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage.