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Saint John Paul II

Eucharistic Adoration

Association of the Archdiocese of Chicago

"When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now."  Blessed Mother Teresa

Chicago Eucharistic Pilgrimage
On Tuesday April 28, 2015 Steve Lovison of Adoration Servants from Huntington Beach California came to Chicago for a "Eucharistic Piligramage."

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Pilgrimage Begins
Pilgrimage Begins
In addition to Marytown, Steve had to go to the St Francis Xavier Cabrini Shrine. He wanted to see what Eucharistic Adoration Chapels were close to the shrine so he made use of the PJP2EA Chapel Search page. He entered the zip code of the Cabrini shrine, the dates he would be in town, and 5 mile radius from the chapel. From here a pilgrimage was born
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Blue Army Billboard Seen from Freeway
Blue Army Billboard Seen from Freeway
The pilgrimage starts with seeing St Stanislaus Kostka from the freeway and the Blue Army billboard calling us all to Mary
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Blue Army Billboard
Blue Army Billboard
The billboard reads "The World is in Desperate Need of Help. There is an answer. bluearmy.com" What a wonderful witness and method of evangelization!
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St Stanislaus Kostka
St Stanislaus Kostka
The oldest Polish Catholic Church in Chicago
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St Stanislaus Kostka Ark of the Covenant Monstrance
St Stanislaus Kostka Ark of the Covenant Monstrance
The beautiful Mary, Ark of the Covenant Monstrance
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St Stanislaus Kostka is 24/7 Adoration
St Stanislaus Kostka is 24/7 Adoration
The front doors are ALWAYS open. On this pilgrimage Steve spent many hours coming and going even in the middle of the night. This fulfills the call of Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium that all parishes have open doors 24/7. Start Eucharist Adoration in your parish!
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St Stanislaus Kostka B&B
St Stanislaus Kostka B&B
The House of Two Urns: A charming, reasonably priced Bed & Breakfast less than a 5 minute walk to St Stanislaus Kostka.
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St John Cantius 2nd Polish Parish in Chicago
St John Cantius 2nd Polish Parish in Chicago
Part of Steve's trip was to meet with members of the PJP2EA team. The meeting took place at the rectory of John Cantius (and also at Sorrentos Pizza).
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St John Cantius an Amazing Place to Pray
St John Cantius an Amazing Place to Pray
After pizza Steve stayed in the Church until the 7:00 PM low Mass in Latin.
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St John Cantius Divine Mercy
St John Cantius Divine Mercy
With St Ann, St John Paul II, and St Terese is an example of one of many niche prayer spots in the Church
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St John Catius Crucifix
St John Catius Crucifix
A side crucifx. One of several readily available to ponder the love of Jesus of humanity.
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St John Cantius
St John Cantius
Our Lady of Jasna Gora, the national Polish icon, side altar
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St John Cantius Stained Gless Windows
St John Cantius Stained Gless Windows
There were so many beautiful, inspirational stained glass each one worthy of mediation
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St John Cantius Knights of Columbus
St John Cantius Knights of Columbus
The Lafayette Council 361 is one of the oldest Knights of Columbus Councils. May all the Council 361 departed Knights in heaven pray that the living Knights of Columbus become true champions of Eucharistic Adoration which will make all heaven rejoice.
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St Genevieve Church of Steve
St Genevieve Church of Steve's Baptism
When Pope Francis called for Catholics to make pilgrimages to the site of their Baptism this was not new. The book of Indulgences grants a plenary indulgence for the act.
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St Genevieve
St Genevieve
Built in 1939 this is another beautiful Church so conducive to prayer
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St Genevieve Altar Crucifix
St Genevieve Altar Crucifix
Another beautiful Chicago crucifix this one is framed by statues of the 12 apostles.
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St Genevieve
St Genevieve
Steve the pilgrim praying at the baptismal font in the Church where he was baptized 53 years prior.
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St Genevieve Eucharistic Adoration
St Genevieve Eucharistic Adoration
Monday thru Friday after the 8:30AM Mass until 6:00PM there is Eucharistic Adoration in a chapel right next to the main Church
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St Genevieve Fallout Shelter
St Genevieve Fallout Shelter
Is not every Catholic Church a fallout shelter from the devastating effects of sin in a world increasingly deteriorating in its moral and spiritual life?
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National Shrine of St Francis Xavier Cabrini
National Shrine of St Francis Xavier Cabrini
St Francis Xavier Cabrini is the patron saint in Adoration Servants work to inspire the Knights of Columbus to become the champions of Eucharistic Adoration. Just imagine if the 2,000,000 Knights started Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in obedience to the Knight's hero St John Paul II, who called on every parish in the world to have 24/7 Eucharistic Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. All heaven would rejoice and the world would convert.
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Mother Cabrini is Loved in Chicago
Mother Cabrini is Loved in Chicago
The first canonized American saint, Mother Cabrini was a master of organization. Her piety began at the age of 6 when she gave up sweets for the rest of her life in preparation for a missionary life. She wanted to go the China but the Pope told her "Not east but west" and sent her to the Americas.
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Mother Cabrini Chapel
Mother Cabrini Chapel
The chapel is a wonderful testimony to the work God did through Mother Cabrini. A beautiful place to pray and meditate.
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Mother Cabrini Eucharistic Prayer
Mother Cabrini Eucharistic Prayer
The Eucharist was so key to Mother Cabrini. She began to make regular spiritual communions at the age of 6 when she was told she could not yet make her first communion. She went to regular Eucharistic Adoration Holy hours with her mother and sister. The practice of Spiritual Communions stayed with her on her many ocean journeys.
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Mother Cabrini Life Depictions
Mother Cabrini Life Depictions
The chapel ceiling and stained glass windows recount many events in the life of Mother Cabrini and the Shrine has excellent visual aids to explain them to vistors
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Mother Cabrini Relic
Mother Cabrini Relic
Under the altar is the humorous bone of Mother Cabrini. The shrine has detailed stories of the miracles attributed to Mother Cabrini. A few days later, at Marytown, while recounting his pilgrimage, Steve met a women who told him she was cured many years prior from a serious illness after touching this relic.
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St Frances Xavier Cabrini
St Frances Xavier Cabrini's Baptism
The mother of St Frances Cabrini rose before her family for a holy hour before attending Mass, then another holy hour in the evening. How many saints have had saintly parents to inspire them!
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St Frances Xavier Cabrini
St Frances Xavier Cabrini's 1st Communion
"In China there are no sweets." At the age of 6 she gave up sweets for life in preparation for being a missionary. She made regular holy hours of Eucharistic Adoration even before making her 1st communion.
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St Frances Xavier Cabrini
St Frances Xavier Cabrini's Confirmation
"At the moment when I was touched with the holy chrism on the forehead I felt something I could never explain . . . I felt as if I was no longer in this world, my heart was filled with the purest joy. I cannot say how I experienced it but I know it was the Holy Spirit."
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Mother Cabrini and Cardinal Mundelein
Mother Cabrini and Cardinal Mundelein
Chicago's beloved Cardinal Mundelein was a close friend and advisor to Mother Cabrini. The Mundelein seminary is a planned stop later in this Chicago Eucharistic Adoration Pilgrimage
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St Frances Xavier Cabrini Patron of Adoration Servants Knights of Columbus
St Frances Xavier Cabrini Patron of Adoration Servants Knights of Columbus
Mother Cabrini, please inspire the Knights of Columbus to become the true champions of Eucharistic Adoration. Help us Knights live up to our claim that we are dedicated to making the goals of St John Paul II reality.
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Mother Cabrini Prayer Intention
Mother Cabrini Prayer Intention
The prayer left in the Prayer Intention box upon leaving the Cabrini Shrine
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Vienna Beef Factory Store & Cafe
Vienna Beef Factory Store & Cafe
If you don't know why this was a stop on the pilgrimage, ask a Chicagoan. ;)
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Our Lady of Lourdes 24/7 Eucharistic Adoration
Our Lady of Lourdes 24/7 Eucharistic Adoration
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Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Chapel
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Chapel
The chapel is a replica of the grotto at Lourdes. The Blessed Mother above and St Bernadette kneeling in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament below.
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Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Monstrance
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Monstrance
Look close and you can see Bernadette's head in adoration at the bottom left.
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Our Lady of Lourdes 24 years of 24/17 Adoration
Our Lady of Lourdes 24 years of 24/17 Adoration
In 2013 Our Lady of Lourdes was recognized for 21 years of 24/7 Eucharistic Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. They began Perpetual Adoration right when St John Paul II called for 24/7 Adoration in every parish in the world. Just imagine if this hope of St John Paul II came true! Start Adoration at your parish!
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Marytown The National Shrine of St Max Kolbe
Marytown The National Shrine of St Max Kolbe
Marytown has had 24/7 adoration for a century. Visitors can stay at Marytown for reasonable prices and have access to this wonderful shrine 24/7. Or visit 24/7. The doors are always open
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Marytown Chapel & Monstrance
Marytown Chapel & Monstrance
While nothing made by man can do justice to God Himself in the Blessed Sacrament, the 5 foot tall Monstrance of Marytown and the Chapel that surrounds it certainly inspires prayer and adoration to most all.
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Marytown Max Kolbe Side Chapel
Marytown Max Kolbe Side Chapel
This chapel is where Steve first prayed in the middle of the night some 10 years prior to St Max asking him for a way to use his talents to help the Church and save souls. Later that same morning Steve met Fr John Grigus which led to his support of PJP2EA and ultimately to the founding of Adoration Servants. St Max is the CEO of Adoration Servants and on this trip Steve and St Max held a business meeting here in this chapel.
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Marytown Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Marytown Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Praying before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament with Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament looking on is a grace filled blessing and no time could be better spent. The outcome: the ability to see Christ in others, more time to do charitable works, better knowledge of the faith, more living of the Gospel message.
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Marytown Holocaust Museum
Marytown Holocaust Museum
"I will take this man's place." "Who are you?" "A Catholic Priest." In the state of Illinois children are required to visit a Holocaust Museum. The Marytown museum qualifies.
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Marytown Grounds
Marytown Grounds
On the grounds of Marytown there are many places for contemplation
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Marytown May Procession & Crowning
Marytown May Procession & Crowning
At Marytown there are so many events going on throughout the year that will bring you closer to God.
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Marytown & Mundelein Seminary
Marytown & Mundelein Seminary
"God has made Himself manifest...through His creation." Romans 1. A beautiful walk through the woods along the lake will take you from Marytown to Mundelien Seminary.
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Mundelein Seminary Chapel
Mundelein Seminary Chapel
Think how many priests have come through this chapel. Thank you Cardinal Mundelein, Cardinal George, and so many others. Thank you to all who have prayed for vocations!
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Mundelein Seminary Chapel View
Mundelein Seminary Chapel View
The view from the steps of the chapel
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... and back to Marytown
... and back to Marytown
While coming back to Marytown Steve met Father Barron, rector of the Mundelein Seminary and got to thank him for all the work he has done for the Church such as the "Catholicism" video series.
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Marytown Brother Martin
Marytown Brother Martin
At 1:00AM every morning for decades Brother Martin has come to his holy hour. When you watch him you seen piety to this day.
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Leaving Marytown
Leaving Marytown
Leaving Marytown is always a sad thing. Pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and ask Him to let you come back.
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Marytown Adoration Servants CEO Meeting
Marytown Adoration Servants CEO Meeting
Steve met in prayer for several hours with St Max Kolbe, the CEO of Adoration Servants. Work of the past several years was reviewed, plans were prioritized, and work assessed. May we do all for the Immaculata!
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Mother Cabrini and Adoration Servants
Mother Cabrini and Adoration Servants
At the CEO meetings with St Max Kolbe it was decided, based upon the events of this pilgrimage, that St Frances Xavier Cabrini should play a larger role in the work of Adoration Servants. No longer confined to inspiring the Knights, Mother Cabrini, with her organizational skills, will be asked to keep Adoration Servants moving forward, without discouragement at crosses. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" will be a motto of Adoraiton Servants going forward.
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St John Paul II and His Call to Perpetual Adoration.
St John Paul II and His Call to Perpetual Adoration.
St John Paul II, you called on every parish to have 24/7 Eucharistic Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. It is the stated mission of PJP2EA to help that become a reality. Please inspire Pope Francis to resurrect you call so that Perpetual Eucharist will flourish more in these time so in need of prayer. Amen.
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Cardinal George Gravesite
Cardinal George Gravesite
The piligrimage appropriately ended with a visit to the grave of Francis Cardinal George who was so instrumental in the incredible number of Eucharistic Adoration Chapels in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Well done good and faithful servant! “The marvelous spiritual effects of spending time with the Lord, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, will deepen the life of sanctity in the Archdiocese, make us more sensitive to both personal and social sins, and give us fervor for the new evangelization. Where Eucharistic adoration is well established, vocations to ordained priesthood and deaconate and to communities of consecrated life increase, for God is generous.” Francis Cardinal George
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