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Catholic congress unites faithful

The Catholic Diocese of Fargo is hosting the ninth Marian Eucharistic Congress, which wraps up today at the Fargo Civic Center.

The event, which takes place every two years, features speakers from all over the world, a sacred relic exhibit, a children's program and a 24-hour adoration chapel.

Mary Kay Starry, who has helped organize the congress since it was first held in 1994, said the purpose of the event is to gather Roman Catholics in a spiritual setting.

"It's to bring the Catholic community together to share the faith in teaching," Starry said. "It's not political, it's not social ... It's a battery charger for our faith."

This year's speakers included Bishop Samuel Aquila of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo. Aquila spoke about the Mother of God as a model for discipleship.

"By imitating the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may be disciples of Christ," Aquila said.

Aquila's message was in keeping with the theme of this year's congress: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord."

Aquila will also be closing the congress today at 4:30 p.m., when the final Mass of the weekend is celebrated.

If you go

  • What: Marian Eucharistic Congress
  • When: Continues today from 7:30 a.m. to early evening
  • Where: Fargo Civic Center
  • Info: $55 for adults at the door, $20 for college students, $15 for children under 18. Priests and religious officials may attend at no charge but must register when they arrive.
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