“The encouragement and the deepening of Eucharistic worship are proofs of that authentic renewal which the council set itself as an aim of which they are the central point,” Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae.
Bishop John Magee of Cloyne in Eire, Ireland reports that vocations to the priesthood in his diocese have tripled since he started Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. In 1990 there were 16 seminarians and by 1993 the number had risen to 45.
Bishop Seamus Hegarty of Derry says that when he was Bishop of Raphoe, there were 20 vocations in 1990, and 19 came from parishes that had Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. He believes that Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the greatest contribution he made as Bishop.
Msgr. Anthony Wassel of St. Joseph’s Parish in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania believes that a late vocation to the priesthood and a contemplative order of nuns are the result of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in his parish. He says, “the power is in the Eucharist.” Allentown Bishop Thomas Welsh lauded St. Joseph’s Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration program for its large number of adorers.
Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta says: “It was not until 1973, when we began our daily Holy Hour that our community started to grow and blossom.”
“Mass attendance [in my diocese] has increased noticeably on Sunday, as well as during the week, as many have come back to the Sacraments as a result of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration” (Most Rev. Ruben T. Profugo, Bishop of Lucena, Philippines).
“We had prostitution and drugs being sold right out in front of our church. When we took on perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, this all stopped. When our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar, crime leaves that area. I am convinced of that” (Fr. James Swenson, pastor of St. Bridget Catholic Church, Las Vegas, NV).
Fr. Charles Fanelli, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Northlake, IL reported that Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in his parish directly produced both a steady influx of non-Catholics from the area into the parish RCIA program and a visible, practical spiritual growth among the parishioners.
Priests and parishioners from St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Twin Falls, Idaho have seen many people return to the Church, for as Fr. Robb Keller of St. Edward’s says, “Many prayers have been answered and are continuing to be answered. The Adoration Chapel has been a tremendous furnace of prayer these many years. Our Christian community is so blessed.”
Fr. Robert D. Wenzinger of St. Joseph’s Church in Bakersfield, California has also seen many blessings and miracles from PEA, “I firmly believe that [Perpetual] Eucharistic Adoration is the best deal I’ve encountered during my life as a Priest. The benefits are numerous and the effort on my behalf is minimal.”
Fr. Edward Wilk of St. Claudes Church writes of the PEA in his parish: “The very best I can do for the people in the parish is to help them grow spiritually . . . Perpetual Adoration makes Jesus available all the time for everyone and anyone. He is the one Person who is really there for all of us.”
“I beg the Blessed Mother to touch the hearts of all parish priests that they may have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in their parishes, and that it may spread throughout the entire world,” Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.