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Eucharistic Reflection

Saint Xavier University hosts unique prayer experience

Chicago (Feb. 24, 2006) – The Rev. Edward Foley will present a reflection on eucharistic prayer that combines music, liturgical texts and poetic expression at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Saint Xavier University’s McDonough Chapel at 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

The lecture, titled “The Eucharist as Mystagogy: Become What You Pray,” will discuss how eucharistic prayer is the central point of the eucharistic liturgy. Mystagogy refers to the period of time following rites of initiation in the Catholic Church, which is used as a reflection on faith. 

Foley will explore the importance of eucharistic prayer and how it is not only the setting for the transformation of the bread and cup of wine into the body and blood of Christ, but also the ritual call for the transformation and missioning of the eucharistic community. 

“Those who wish to deepen their understanding of the Eucharist will find this lecture a memorable and rich experience,” said Sister Cathleen Cahill, administrative director of Saint Xavier University’s Pastoral Ministry Institute.

Foley, chair of the department of word and worship at Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union, is known internationally for his creative and challenging work on liturgy and sacraments. He has published 14 books and authored over 300 articles. He is the past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and founding member of the executive committee of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy.

Sponsored by Saint Xavier University’s Pastoral Ministry Institute and the Ministry Commission of Vicariate V, this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please contact the Saint Xavier University Pastoral Ministry Institute at (773) 298-3900 for more information or to register.


Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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