In venerating the Eucharist, the young parishioners of Hickory follow the example of the fallen Italians

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The Year of the Eucharist will be further highlighted on Sunday October 31, the eve of All Saints’ Day, when the Archdiocese of Baltimore observes “Christ in the Congregation”, another reminder of the real Presence. In a similar vein, St. Ignatius, Hickory, in Forest Hill, will host the “Eucharistic Miracles of the World” exhibit and a first-class relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis, its creator, from November 3-7. The following article looks at two young parishioners from Hickory who continue his work.

Abigail Huber with friends at Camp Veritas 2021 (Photo credit: Rebecca Huber)

After having encountered the real presence of Jesus in adoration and the Eucharistic procession, the young parishioners of Saint Ignatius, Hickory in Forest Hill, Abigail Huber and Benjamin Boegner, were ignited with conviction, love and passion for the ‘Eucharist.

In the midst of peers who might be non-religious, these “normal” children, much like Blessed Carlo Acutis, became disciples of Christ not only in church and on the streets, but on the web.

“The Year of the Eucharist fits very well with the theology of our parish,” said Bishop James Barker, pastor of Saint Ignatius, who began adoration after daily Mass shortly after his arrival about 20 years ago. years. “We are a community very centered on the Eucharist.

“I hope we can take advantage of the Lord’s presence in the Eucharist and share it through our prayer and the way we treat people. The world needs it today.

Huber, 15, who is homeschooled in Abingdon, is a choir servant and sacristan, only the second daughter to serve in the latter capacity at the parish, which was founded in 1792.

She remembered seeing her youth minister light up when he spoke about God and compared receiving the Eucharist to “Christmas that comes early”.

Huber had a similar experience at Camp Veritas, a Catholic summer camp, where she had a “life-changing night”. She described a room full of joy and love, many young people crying and a priest blessing each camper with the monstrance.

“If this is what it feels like on earth, I can’t imagine how incredibly happy we are going to be in Heaven,” said Huber, who aspires to study theology and psychology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

Benjamin Boegner’s FOCUS mission took him to the US Military Academy. (Courtesy of Benjamin Boegner)

Her “love for talking about Jesus” inspired Huber to create an Instagram account (@ cartography.ofthe.bible) in which she shares the truth of the Catholic faith, the joy of the Eucharist and her Eucharistic experiences with others, in especially young people.

Boegner, originally from White Hall, volunteered in youth and young adult ministry in the ward before becoming a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) missionary at the US Military Academy in West Point, NY

He is also pursuing an online master’s degree in psychology at Divine Mercy University and is considering the priesthood.

“I began to ask Bishop Barker questions about priesthood discernment,” said Boegner, “He is an incredible leader and very strong in his faith.”

In two years at West Point, Boegner and his FOCUS team organized a weekly Eucharistic Adoration and Sunday Mass. He has led three Bible studies and created a group for men struggling with pornography and masturbation, “to help them break free from this vice.”

If the Internet can be used for bad ends, it can also be used for good, like the collection of miracles of the Eucharist undertaken by Blessed Carlos Acutis, a young Italian who died at the age of 15. Boegner quotes the potential patron saint of the Internet to Cadets as the average guy who would play video games and do some coding, while living for the Lord.

“There are a lot of guys out there who think they’re not worthy to preach the gospel, so I’m telling them about this holy millennium,” Boegner said. “It helps the cadets understand that they can do their homework and pursue the Lord.

Abigail Huber, left, and Desirée Conrad, her cousin, stop at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg. (Courtesy of Rebecca Huber)

Blessed Acutis was the chosen intercessor for SEEK 2020, which was held virtually due to COVID-19, which had cadets in West Point Chapel for pre-recorded videos and live events.

“The more I got to know him (Blessed Acutis),” said Boegner, “the more I recognized the Eucharist, especially during Mass when the priest consecrated the Host. I even started to bow at that point. Maybe it was because he was praying for me.

In a YouTube video on the Year of the Eucharist, Archbishop William E. Lori quotes Blessed Acutis: “When we face the sun we tan, but when we stand before Jesus in the Eucharist we become Saints. “

The Knights of Columbus of St. Ignatius, Hickory, is sponsoring the “Eucharistic Miracles of the World” exhibit and a first-class relic of Blessed Acutis, its creator, from November 3-7.

Monsignor Barker, who tries to spend 15 to 20 minutes “in the sanctuary with the Lord” each day, is thrilled by the spectacle that is happening in his parish.

“I think the Eucharist is an incomparable gift,” he said. “I hope that by having the exhibit here, some of our young people will appreciate the gift the Lord has given us in this sacrament.”

To learn more about the Year of the Eucharist, visit www.archbalt.org/year-of-the-eucharist

Email Priscila González de Doran at [email protected]

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