December 3 – 5, 2017.
Theme: “The Eucharist: proof that God answers the prayers of His people.”
Father Thomas Viviano was ordained to the priesthood in 2013, and was first assigned as a parochial vicar at Holy Innocents Parish in Philadelphia. Currently, he serves as the priest secretary to Archbishop Chaput. He is also the vocations coordinator for the Hispanic apostolate, and is an adjunct spiritual director and the director of major ceremonies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
The Forty Hours Devotion is a special period of prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. The focus is upon our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. It begins with a Mass of Exposition, which concludes with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament remains on the altar in a Monstrance while the faithful gather for personal or public prayer in adoration of our Lord. This devotion provides a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual growth of each person and the parish as a whole. Devotion can be seen almost like a parish mini-retreat or mission. The devotion was introduced into our Archdiocese by Saint John Neumann, our fourth bishop.