April 5, 2024

Scholarships are available to help those with financial constraints attend the National Eucharistic Congress

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Members of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis can purchase discounted five-day passes to attend the July 17-21 National Eucharistic Congress (NEC) in Indianapolis by using the code Indy24 when registering. This reduces the cost of 1-14 individual passes from $375 to $274 per pass. Passes are already discounted when registering as a 15-person group or larger ($299) or as a parish youth group ($250).

But for individuals, groups and families still struggling to afford passes—whether for one day, several days, the weekend or all five days—there is additional financial help available.

The Solidarity Fund is an initiative led by the bishops of the United States to help individuals, groups and families in need of financial assistance with NEC registration costs.

The application form asks: which days the person, group or family plans to attend; about housing plans; and for an explanation of the need to apply for funding.

Applicants must meet both of the primary criteria listed below. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who also meet the secondary criteria:

Primary criteria:

  • Applicant can demonstrate or attest to financial need.
  • Applicant is prepared to secure his or her own lodging for the event.

Secondary criteria:

  • Applicant comes from an under-represented area of the country or is part of an under-represented group.
  • Applicant is seeking support to bring a larger group to attend the Congress.

To apply for the Solidarity Fund, go to www.eucharisticcongress.org/solidarity-fund.

Donations can also be made to the fund to help those in need experience the National Eucharistic Congress. To donate, go to tinyurl.com/NECSolidarityFund. †

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