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Last night saw the launch of the 97th annual Cork Eucharistic Procession, taking place on June 11th, 2023. This will be the first Procession in the city since 2019, with the previous three being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and guidelines.

The 2023 Procession will begin at 3pm at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, and, for the first time, will take a new route, crossing Christy Ring Bridge concluding at Ss Peter and Pauls Church for a Homily and Benediction celebrated by Most Reverend Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross.

It was officially launched at the Visitor Centre at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Annes by the Lord Mayor of Cork City, Councillor Deirdre Forde and Bishop Gavin with people from parishes throughout the city and county, priests and religious, representatives of youth and scouting groups, choir members and musicians from many parishes.

The Eucharistic Procession has been a milestone in religious and community life since the first one too place in 1926. Before this, each parish held its own Eucharistic Procession, but it was felt that it was needed to unite the people of Cork city in prayer after the divisions of the Civil War. This worked, and the first Procession was attended by 40,000 people who took to the streets to worship as a community of parishes.

This year, as well as taking a slightly different route, people are being encouraged to join at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, and walk the Procession collectively from this point, if they are able.

Speaking last night at the launch for the return of the Eucharistic Procession at the North Cathedral Visitor Centre, Bishop of Cork and Ross, Fintan Gavin said:

“The Eucharistic Procession has been an important milestone on religious and community life for the city, and I am pleased to see it return. This will be the 97th celebration of the Cork Eucharistic Procession as we look forward to its 100thanniversary in 2026. Preparations have been underway for several months and we hope to reach out to as many people, parishes, and faith groups to welcome them to celebrate.

I invite you to join the Procession on Sunday 11th June to walk in faith as people and families from different parishes, age-groups, communities, and countries. Together, we look forward to a memorable and prayerful Procession this year.”

The first Procession for all the parishes of Cork City took place in 1926 to help unite the people of Cork City in prayer after the divisions of the Civil War and was attended by 40,000 people.

The 2023 Procession has been revised to gather the Catholic community together as a Diocesan Community of Faith, walking together as one family of parishes.