First Sacred Heart World Congress to Be Held in Paray le Monial, France


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First Sacred Heart World Congress to Be Held in Paray le Monial, France

Catholics around the globe are being offered the opportunity to find a new sense of hope and to deepen their relationships with Jesus through devotion to His Sacred Heart at the First Sacred Heart World Congress to be held October 6-11, 2011 in Paray-le-Monial, France.

With the time for the First Sacred Heart World Congress approaching, Catholics worldwide are encouraged to pray to discern whether they are being called by God to attend the event. Paray le Monial is the site where St. Margaret Mary Alocoque received visions from Jesus of His Sacred Heart in the 17th century. The Sacred Heart World Congress has received the endorsement of cardinals and bishops from around the world, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest canonical court.

With the intention of making Jesus the head of every household, the Sacred Heart World Congress will emphasize a plan for a world-wide mission to renew societies by centering individuals and families on the love of God incarnated in the Heart of Christ, according to Congress organizers. The World Congress in France will be the first of five such events to be held over the next several years on five continents and will be based on the teaching about the importance of “enthroning” the Sacred Heart of Jesus as the center of individual lives and of families in order to win souls to Christ.

“The purpose of the Sacred Heart Congress is to further the creation of what Pope John Paul II termed ‘a civilization of love,’ one individual at a time, one family at a time, so that through the family, the faith would be passed along,” said Fr. William Petrie,, Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, U.S.A. East Province, and one of the organizers of the Congress. “The plan is about building Christ’s kingdom, a spiritual kingdom, which is the whole world and the head of that kingdom is Christ. The Father sent Him with this image of love, the Sacred Heart.

“We ask people to consider whether they are being invited and then we allow God’s grace to touch them. Those who will attend will come to understand in a deeper way God’s love through the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

Registration for the Sacred Heart World Congress will include daily admission to the Congress, all related activities and talks, daily Mass, Eucharistic Holy Hours, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and an Enthronement of the Sacred Heart within the Congress. Catechesis and training on the enthronement process itself also will be offered to those who feel called by God during the Congress to return to their cities and communities to spread the word about the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. The Congress will be offered in multiple languages including English. Optional tour packages will be offered including a pre-trip to Paris, a post-trip to Lourdes, as well as day tours to Lyon or Ars/Cluny. More information about registration and travel arrangements can be found at or by calling (315)345-8504.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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