A Call for Revival As the Church Nears Its 2,000th Year Anniversary

Could what is happening in the grassroots of the Archdiocese of Louisville spread throughout America?

Michael Snellen
I AM Catholic


This solemnity of Pentecost, May 19th, 2024, marks the birthday of the Catholic Church — now 1,991 years old.

Today is also a particularly special day for the American Church, as crowds depart from the four corners of the country for an adventurous Eucharistic pilgrimage that will culminate this July in the first Eucharistic Congress since the times of the Second World War.

At a time when only 20% of American Catholics attend Mass at least once a month, and a third don’t understand the fundamental reality of the Eucharist, this nationwide Eucharistic revival is desperately needed.

But can more be done after this summer?

Here in Kentucky, some old folks still remember the days of public Catholicism, when Corpus Christi processions, Catholic Students’ Mission Crusade rallies, huge parish picnics, and Adoration at Churchill Downs showcased a visible allure of faith.