COLLEGE PARK, GA: With word, song, action and art, the speakers in the English track of the 2013 Eucharistic Congress inspired and informed the thousands gathered to listen and learn. The six presenters touched on the themes of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the importance of Scripture, the call to holiness and the role of Mary. Those attending included longtime participants as well as first-time attendees. The congress is an event Mark and Jen Faas look forward to every year. "I see friends and hear some of the speakers," Mark Faas said. "I’m surrounded by like-minded people; it just feels good to be here."
The first speaker was Atlanta investment banker and philanthropist Frank Hanna III. In the context of the theme of the congress, "Do whatever he tells you," Hanna shared the story of how he was able to acquire for the Church the famous Bodmer Papyrus XIV-XV, which contains the oldest existing copy of the Gospel of St. Luke and one of the oldest copies of the Gospel of St. John. (In gratitude for his work, the Papyrus was subsequently renamed the Hanna Papyrus.)
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