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General Event Info

When is the event?

July 17–21, 2024

What time should I arrive/depart?
  • We encourage you to arrive on the morning of July 17, 2024, with enough time to check in and get your credentials before the 7pm Opening Procession that evening.

  • Plan to depart after 2pm on July 21, 2024, so you don’t miss the final General Session and Closing Mass.

Where is the event taking place?

Indianapolis, Indiana, at Lucas Oil Stadium and other nearby venues in downtown Indianapolis within walking distance.

What do I get when I register for my Congress Pass?

Every Congress Pass includes the following:

  • Entrance to all main programming, including general sessions, morning impact sessions, and breakout sessions

  • Access to event experiences such as art exhibits, pop-up concerts, meet and greets with speakers, Q&A panels and discussions, networking events, and an expo hall featuring interactive experiences and booths from hundreds of Catholic ministries, businesses, and apostolates

  • A one-of-a-kind encounter with Jesus Christ and the Church through the Sacraments

Passes do not include meals or housing.

Will the event be live-streamed?

Short answer: yes! Some content will be available to those who cannot attend in person and wish to bring the National Eucharistic Congress to their community. However, we encourage you to join us in person for the full experience.

Can I attend Mass without paying for a Congress Pass?

For security reasons, everyone entering Lucas Oil Stadium (including children) will need a Congress Pass. You must purchase a Congress Pass to participate in any portion of the National Eucharistic Congress.

Will there be relevant content for me at the National Eucharistic Congress?

Yes! We will have a variety of talks and special events tailored to all vocations and walks of life. Visit eucharisticcongress.org/impact-sessions to learn more.

Can high school students attend?

High school seniors are welcome to attend the National Eucharistic Congress with a chaperone. Younger students may attend with a parent or legal guardian. High school students can choose to attend with their youth group or with their family.

What if I’m interested in being a vendor or sponsor?

Learn more about our National Eucharistic Congress sponsorship opportunities here. Feel free to reach out to sponsorships@eucharisticcongress.org with additional questions regarding becoming a vendor or sponsor.

Where do I go to check in?

Check-in information will be provided to all registered attendees via email prior to July 17, 2024.

Do I have to attend the whole Congress?
  • Full Event passes are the best way to experience the entirety of this momentous occasion. They cover all five days of programming and admit you to all Congress venues for the duration of the event.

  • For those unable to attend the whole time, day passes are available. You can purchase a day pass just for the day(s) that work with your schedule.

Who are the speakers?

Visit our speakers page to learn more about the trusted voices you will hear at the Congress. And look for additional speaker information throughout the coming months and leading up to the Congress.

What is being offered for prayer?

There will be opportunities for daily Mass, adoration, and confession, as well a perpetual adoration chapel available to attendees each day of the Congress.

Where can I find a chapel?

St. John the Evangelist parish is located directly across the street from the Indiana Convention Center and will host perpetual adoration throughout the event.

Will Mass be celebrated daily?

Yes, we will celebrate Mass each day of the Congress.

Will confession be available?

Yes, there will be daily confessions available to attendees.

Will there be multiple options for liturgies?

Yes, we are excited to offer a variety of options for daily liturgy in a variety of liturgical rites and musical accompaniment.

Will there be low-gluten hosts available?

Yes, there will be low-gluten hosts or a celiac chalice available at all Masses hosted by the National Eucharistic Congress. If you need this accommodation, please be sure to indicate gluten-free when you submit your registration.

Will the Congress be pet-friendly?

No, only service animals will be allowed in the Congress venues.

What should I expect during the event?

The National Eucharistic Congress programming includes general sessions, morning impact sessions, and breakouts, featuring the best of today’s Catholic speakers and theologians. Most importantly, this Congress will provide a one-of-a-kind encounter with Jesus Christ and the Church through the Sacraments.

How much walking will be involved?

Lots of walking—the main Congress venues cover a 1- to 2-mile radius. Parking lots are located throughout the downtown area. Shuttles will be available only for those who identify ADA needs during their registration and park in the designated ADA lots.

What can I wear to Mass?

You are welcome to dress up for Mass or come in the attire you’ll be wearing for the general programming. We encourage business/business casual attire for the Closing Mass on Sunday, July 21, 2024.

What is appropriate clothing for the Congress?
  • Casual attire is acceptable, but please avoid clothing that will distract or detract from the purpose of the gathering—to honor Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

  • You can anticipate a lot of walking, so comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.

  • Layer your clothing as you move through spaces with A/C into the hot July temperatures outside.

  • Clothing to avoid:

  • T-shirts with vulgar or provocative graphics or language

  • Low-cut tops

  • Shorts or skirts that are shorter than your fingertip length when your arms are resting at your side

May I record the events?
  • Any video, photography, or other recording of the event shall be strictly for your personal and non-commercial use and not distributed or made available for pecuniary benefit.

  • If you are a member of the media, please register for the event on press page.

What is open to the public?

All official Congress programming is available only to those who have purchased a Congress Pass.

Will translations be available and in what languages?

Select programming throughout the Congress will be in Spanish. A translation app will be available as well. The languages offered will be based on the attendee information provided during registration. More information will be made available closer to July 2024.

I have additional questions about the event. Whom should I contact?

We’re here to help! Visit eucharisticrevival.org/contact to reach out to our support team.

Venue Info

Can I bring outside food and beverages into the venues? Where can I eat?
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed at Lucas Oil Stadium or the Indiana Convention Center. You will need to consume any outside food and beverages prior to entering these venues. The only exceptions are baby food, baby formula, and toddler snacks.

  • You are welcome to pack picnic meals in coolers left in your car and can enjoy them in the many beautiful outdoor parks in the area.

  • Concessions will be available for purchase at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center during meal times.

  • A variety of food trucks will be present in the surrounding area with food available for purchase.

  • Downtown Indy has an abundance of restaurant options with a wide range of prices. Check out this restaurant guide to explore downtown and metro dining options. Many of the local hotels also have restaurants.

What are the parking options?

Many downtown parking options are available in Indianapolis. We are working with two major parking providers in the downtown Indianapolis area who have arranged special rates for the National Eucharistic Congress. Parking passes are available to purchase for single days or for the entirety of the event. We highly encourage you to secure parking by purchasing a pass ahead of time. You can research parking options here. Consider carpooling with friends, family, or fellow parishioners to save on parking costs. Wherever you choose to park, be sure to remove all personal items from your vehicle. The NEC is not responsible for theft or damage to vehicles.

Are there shuttles?

No, shuttles will not be provided. We encourage groups staying outside of the downtown area to retain their buses for the length of the Congress. Individuals should consider renting a car, carpooling, or using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft.

Can I carpool?

We highly recommend carpooling for attendees who plan to drive to Indianapolis. Your parish or diocese may be sending a group to the Congress, so reach out to your local church to inquire further about local carpooling opportunities.

Where can buses pick up and drop off?

There will be designated loading and unloading areas for buses. The location and details about this process will be provided to group leaders closer to the event dates. There will be no fee to access the loading and unloading zones, but the bus cannot be parked in these areas and the driver must stay with the bus at all times. The bus staging zones will be strictly for loading and unloading only.

Where can buses park?

Buses needing to park downtown must purchase a parking pass. The Gate Ten lot has bus parking available, and the cost for buses is $75 per day. Please click here for more information on how to purchase a pass at this lot. Personal items should not be left unattended on the bus. The NEC is not responsible for theft or damage to vehicles.

Is ADA parking available?

Yes, parking passes for persons with disabilities are available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals parking in designated ADA lots or spaces must have a valid ADA license plate or placard. Please refer to the ADA Parking section here to see which one of the three options listed best suits your parking needs.

How do I charter a bus?

If you have not yet secured a charter bus for your group and are interested in using a local Indianapolis company, Luxury Worldwide Transportation is ready to assist you! Transportation assistance is available to all areas of the continental U.S. Due to the size of the event and limited bus inventory, it is recommended that you make your reservations as soon as possible. To obtain a quote, contact Mark Johnson at markj@lwti.com or 317-217-1007.

What is the bag policy?
  • We recommend small, clear bags/backpacks to carry onsite. This will allow for smoother security checkpoints.

  • Strollers and diaper bags are subject to search before entering Lucas Oil Stadium or the Indiana Convention Center.

Is there assigned seating?
  • Most sessions will have a general seating approach.

Are there areas for rest?

Yes, air-conditioned areas for rest will be located within the Indiana Convention Center. There will also be areas for nursing mothers.

Is there free time? What else can I do in Indianapolis?

There will be festival-style programming from approximately 12:00 to 6:00pm every day, including breakout sessions and event experiences such as art exhibits, pop-up concerts, meet and greets with speakers, and an expo hall featuring interactive experiences and booths from hundreds of Catholic ministries, businesses, and apostolates. But, depending on your needs, you may also use this time to rest, get meals, or explore the area. The Indianapolis Zoo is near the venues, and there are a number of tourist attractions in the surrounding area.

Registration Info

How much does registration cost?

We desire as many people as possible to participate in the Congress, so a variety of pass options at varying pricing levels are available. Visit the registration page for a full breakdown of the costs and options for Congress Passes. We hope to see you there!

Do I need to pay in full at the time of registration, or can I put down a deposit?

You will need to pay in full, but talk to your parish or group leader to see if scholarships are available.

What information do I need to gather prior to registering?
  • Use this form to gather the necessary information for each registrant.

  • If you are a group leader registering more than 14 people (purchasing non-refundable bulk passes), you will not be required to submit this information for each individual in your party at the time of purchase.

Are there discounts or scholarships available?
  • We offer a bulk discount to groups of 15+ participants planning to attend the full Congress experience together.

  • Discounts are also available for groups of fewer than 15 participants. If you are looking for a discounted price, we encourage you to invite friends or family to join you. The more people who register at one time, the cheaper the pricing becomes. Please visit this page to see all available discounts.

  • Please visit our scholarships page if you are seeking financial assistance. Limited scholarships will be available.

  • However, we highly recommend fundraising to cover your registration cost and/or travel to bring others into your mission as well.

Can I fundraise to cover the cost of my registration and/or travel?

Yes! Many Congress attendees are planning to fundraise for their registration, travel costs, food costs, and more. Fundraising is an opportunity to meet the cost of registration while inviting others to support you as you experience the 10th National Eucharistic Congress. When others donate to help you attend the National Eucharistic Congress, they become your partners as you work to carry out the Great Commission.

When will I be able to choose which sessions I attend?

A finalized programming list with available sessions will be shown and selected when registering. Sessions have limited capacity, so don’t wait to register to ensure you have access to the sessions you most want to attend!

Will the breakout session schedule be posted before the conference starts?

Yes, you can find information about breakout sessions and other event experiences at the Congress here.

I’m a member of the media and would like to cover the event. How do I sign up?

The deadline to apply for press credentials for the National Eucharistic Congress was May 15, 2024.  

Members of the media are still welcome to register as event attendees; however, only those with a media badge will be able to access press-only areas at the event.

What if I accidentally registered for the wrong item?

Never fear! If you need to change your contact info or item choice, just log back in to your registration account using your confirmation code and email address. This will allow you to adjust your registration. If you have other issues with your registration, reach out to NECRegistration@eucharisticcongress.org.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?
  • Standard Registration (individual registrants or groups with fewer than 15 members):

  • Full refund until July 31, 2023

  • 50% refund until December 31, 2023

  • 25% refund until March 1, 2024

  • No refund after March 1, 2024

  • Bulk Registration (groups of 15+)

  • Non-refundable

  • Day Passes

  • Non-refundable

When is payment due?

Full payment is due upon registration.

Can my registration be transferred to another person?
  • Congress Passes can be transferred to another person. These substitutions may be requested by emailing NECRegistration@eucharisticcongress.org with your name and confirmation number along with the name and email address of the person who will be taking your place.

Why can’t I find my confirmation email?

Our system will send an automatic confirmation email within a few minutes of receiving your registration. Be on the lookout for an email from NECRegistration@eucharisticcongress.org. Your inbox may send this email to your spam/junk folder, so also check there. If you cannot find it, please email NECRegistration@eucharisticcongress.org, and we will resend your confirmation email.

How do I change my registration info?

Your registration confirmation email will include a link from which you can view and modify your registration information. If you have any questions or cannot locate your confirmation email, please contact NECRegistration@eucharisticcongress.org.

Can I buy a one-day pass?

The 10th National Eucharistic Congress is designed to be a full, five-day immersive experience rooted in an encounter with Our Lord in the Eucharist. However, the Congress organizers understand some people may not have the availability to attend for all five days, so they have decided to release some seats as day passes to allow as many people as possible to participate in this momentous occasion.

A limited number of day passes are being released for each day and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. This new day pass option will allow attendees to participate on select days that best align with their content interests, ministry involvement, personal budget, and individual schedule needs.

We’ve heard your feedback and want as many people as possible to be able to participate in this historic moment, so you can now purchase a pass just for the day(s) that work with your schedule.

Day passes are now available for purchase. Click here for all the details.

I am a religious member (i.e. priest, religious order, deacon, seminarian, bishop, archbishop, and cardinal) who will be attending from outside of the USA. How should I register in order to access the discounted pricing for religious members?

You will register for a Standard Congress Pass on the website and mark your registration type as “International” when prompted. Prior to registering, please contact NECRegistration@eucharisticcongress.org to request a code you can apply when registering on the International path, which will lower the overall cost to match our national religious attendees’ rates.

Are there benefits to purchasing a full event pass instead of a day pass?

In addition to experiencing the event in its entirety, full event pass holders will receive priority seating and free digital access to Congress content.

Why are day passes priced differently on different days?

Each day pass is priced according to the number and length of events and offerings. Peak day passes are for the most robust days of the event, and non-peak day passes offer the same quality of events but with fewer offerings overall. This pricing structure ensures that the cost reflects the value for each day.

Can I purchase day passes for multiple days or non-consecutive days?

Yes, day passes can be purchased for multiple days and non-consecutive days to allow as many attendees as possible to attend according to their interests, budget, and schedule needs.

What if I already purchased a full event pass but can now only attend on specific days? Can I change my registration?

Yes, you can exchange your registration by contacting the NEC Registration Team at NECRegistration@eucharisticcongress.org. Full event pass holders who wish to exchange for a day pass will be refunded any difference in registration cost if the exchange is made before March 1st. Refunds will not be available for exchanges made from full event passes to day passes after March 1st.

What is the cancellation policy for day passes? What if I change my mind on the day(s) I want to attend?

Day pass purchases are non-refundable. If your plans change, you are able to modify your registration to select a different day or combination of days to attend, but you will not be refunded if your new selection costs less than your original purchase.

Is there a group rate for day passes?

Parishes are encouraged to coordinate groups and purchase day passes. However, groups do not qualify for an additional discount on the daily rates. Groups choosing to participate in the Congress for all five days do qualify for special discounted rates.

Housing Info

How can I reserve a hotel room with the NEC event rates?
  • Due to the high demand for participation in the Congress, official conference housing blocks are currently limited. Additional group room blocks may become available as the Congress approaches. We have created a waiting list to collect housing requests for groups needing 10 or more rooms. Please note: the waiting list is for group housing requests only, and submitting the form does not guarantee a housing placement.

  • Hotels in the surrounding Indianapolis area are now available within the official NEC housing blocks for families and individuals at a discounted rate. These rooms can be booked by both full event pass and day pass holders. Click here to reserve rooms now, or click here to visit the official Congress Travel and Housing page.

  • Ample parking for both cars and buses will be available in downtown Indianapolis. Limited public transportation is also available. Click here to learn more about event parking.  
Where will I be staying?
  • Attendees can book their housing according to their needs and preferences, i.e., price point, proximity to Lucas Oil Stadium, amenities, etc. Most participants will stay in a hotel or vacation rental (such as Airbnb or VRBO).

  • Some alternative housing options will be available for parish youth groups, religious sisters, and seminarians. These alternative housing options include university dorms and/or church sleep spaces, allowing for more cost-efficient housing for these groups.

What form of payment will I need to bring to the hotel?

A credit card is required to reserve and pay for your room(s). Credit cards must be valid through August 2024 or later.  No checks, money orders, or wire transfers will be accepted.

Are there any hotel cancellation fees?
  • For individuals or groups who received NEC housing blocks, all rooms are fully non-refundable at the time they are booked in the portal.

  • Groups must meet the room pick up percentages by the benchmark dates laid out in the Housing Policies.

  • For those who book hotel rooms on their own, please check with your hotel directly about cancellation fees.

Can I book my own hotel room before I register?

Yes, you are welcome to do so. But remember that space at the Congress is limited—so don’t wait to purchase your pass, too!

Do I need to work with a tour company to book our group’s travel?

Groups are welcome to coordinate trip details on their own, but we highly recommend groups consider working with Corporate Travel Services (CTS). CTS is a trusted partner of the National Eucharistic Congress and has been able to assist multiple diocesan and parish groups with registration logistics, travel arrangements, and overall execution for trips to the National Eucharistic Congress. For further information about partnering with CTS, you can contact them at NEC@ctscentral.net or 866-468-1420.

What should I pack?

Use the packing list below as a guide. (Don’t forget to bring any other essential personal items you may need, such as prescription medication and the like.)

  • Credit card for hotel check-in

  • Small, clear bag/backpack to carry onsite (for smoother security checkpoints)

  • Mass attire

  • Casual attire

  • Outdoor apparel (hats, sunscreen, water bottles, etc.; please check the weather forecast before you leave and expect warm temperatures)

  • Bible, journal, and pen

  • Toiletries

  • Money for meals, vendor booths, parking, and gratuities for housekeeping and porter services

 Info For Groups, Parishes, & Families

I’m registering a group, but the Congress Pass price is not discounted.

The discounted Congress Pass price will appear on the payment summary page at the very end of registration. For questions regarding discounted pricing, please contact NECRegistration@eucharisticcongress.org.

Where can I find promotional materials?

Promotional materials can be found on this page. We encourage you to bring your friends with you to the National Eucharistic Congress!

Where will my youth group stay?
  • Some cost-efficient alternative housing options are available for youth groups, including dorms and parish halls and gyms. We have partnered with JMJ Youth Pilgrimages to coordinate these alternate housing opportunities, so please click here or contact them at info@jmjyouth.com or 800-601-7225 to discuss the options available for your group.

  • Group leaders are also welcome to book rooms at local hotels.

Can my group register together?
  • Each member of your group will need to register to attend the National Eucharistic Congress. You can register up to 14 people at a time through the standard registration pathway. Groups of 15–200 may choose non-refundable bulk registration. Payment will be collected at the end of registration for the entire group. We recommend you work out individual reimbursement amongst your group.

How can I register my family for the National Eucharistic Congress? Does my child need a Congress Pass?

To enter Lucas Oil Stadium and pass through security, each person (including children) will need a Congress Pass. Spouses and children can be added to your registration by clicking “Add a Family Member.” The following are costs for each family member, based on their age in July 2024:

  • Parent: $299

  • Teens (Ages 13–18): $250

  • Children (Ages 12 and Under): Free!

    • Note that children ages 0–2 will be a lap child and will not have a seat.
Is there an age range or a cutoff age for the youth sessions? Can my middle school-aged child participate in the youth session?

The youth programming at the conference is for high school youth—incoming freshmen through just-graduated seniors. Children younger than that are encouraged to attend the sessions designed specifically for families.

What if my family has another baby before the event?
  • If you or your family member is currently expecting a child, please go ahead and register the child, selecting their age as 0–2.

  • If you or your family member has a child at a later date, locate your confirmation email and click the “View or Modify your Registration” link at the bottom of the email. You will be prompted to log in with your email and confirmation number. From there, you can modify your registration and add an additional child.

My family is attending but my child is going as part of his/her youth group. How should I register my child?

Register your child based on where they will be sleeping. If you want your child to stay with your family, they should be registered as part of your family. If your child will be traveling and staying with their youth group, they should be registered as part of that group (using their leader’s group code).

I am a deacon and will be attending with my family. How should I register?

Deacons attending with their family should register as a “Family with Children”. There will be a prompt where you can notate that you are a deacon.

Who from my parish is going?

Contact your parish leaders to learn more about group attendance. Group leaders can contact NECRegistration@eucharisticcongress.org to get a list of attendees in their group.

Who should organize a diocese-level group?

We recommend that a diocesan employee or individual delegated by a diocesan employee organize and lead a diocese-level group.

Is my diocese organizing a trip to attend?

Many dioceses are planning pilgrimages to Indianapolis. To find out if your local diocese is attending, please contact your local parish or diocesan office.

Is the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage coming through my diocese?

Click here to see the current routes charted for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage.

What can I expect if I’m bringing my family?

We highly encourage families to attend and be a part of this moment! Many programming elements and event experiences have been specifically crafted with families in mind. Family-specific amenities on site will be available to help make your days more comfortable while traveling with children.

Will security and emergency services be present at the event?

Yes, appropriate levels of security and emergency medical care for an event this size will be present.

What should I do if our kids get separated from our family?

Youth and children (anyone under the age of 18) must be accompanied at all times by either a parent/legal guardian or a Safe Environment-cleared chaperone. Minors should not wander the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, or any other event spaces unaccompanied by an adult. Please click here to view Safe Environment policies.

Talk to your family about choosing a rally point location should anyone get separated from the group. If this happens, notify security personnel closest to you in the venue. They can direct you where to go.

Can I take strollers into the venues?

Strollers and diaper bags are permitted in the main venues of Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, though they will be subject to search.

Are letters of suitability required for clergy?

Yes, all clergy—domestic and international priests, permanent deacons, and transitional deacons wishing to concelebrate mass and/or hear confessions and/or provide sacramental ministry in their diaconate capacity—are required to submit a letter of suitability to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. These letters should be dated no sooner than May 1, 2024, and no later than June 15, 2024. They must include reference to suitability for ministry and completion of safe environment training and current background checks.

These letters should be addressed to the following:

Reverend Monsignor William Stumpf
Vicar General
Attn: Office of Clergy
Archdiocese of Indianapolis
1400 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

They should be emailed to ClergyNEC2024@archindy.org. Questions regarding letters of suitability can be emailed to this address as well.

Which adults need to have Safe Environment clearance?

The following Safe Environment policies will be in effect at the National Eucharistic Congress:

  • Parents and legal guardians attending with just their own child(ren) do not need to have safe environment clearance.

  • Any adult accompanying minors who are not their own children are considered chaperones and must meet the following requirements:

    • All chaperones must be age 21 or older.
    • All chaperones must be safe environment compliant within their (arch)diocese. This compliance must include current safe environment training and a fully cleared background check. Proof of this must be readily available to be shown on site upon request.
    • Older siblings may serve as a chaperone for younger siblings only if they are age 21 or older and are safe environment compliant.
    • Parents may serve as a chaperone for children/youth unrelated to them only if they are age 21 or older and are safe environment compliant.
  • The required chaperone to youth ratio is 1 chaperone for up to every 8 youth.

  • Youth Groups must certify Safe Environment status of all chaperones in their group by submitting this form to the NEC.

  • Outside of families, adults with minors must always maintain groups of 3 or more (i.e. a minimum of 1 adult chaperone with 2 youth or 2 adult chaperones with 1 youth). An adult should never be alone with a minor that is not their own child.

  • Minors (anyone under the age of 18) must be accompanied at all times by either a parent/legal guardian or a Safe Environment cleared chaperone.

  • Minors should not wander the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, or any other event spaces unaccompanied by an adult.

  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all sessions (including family and/or youth sessions). The minors and the accompanying adult(s) must be registered to attend sessions together.

  • Minors may attend any session with an adult, not just sessions specifically noted for families or youth.

Can teens or children attend youth sessions or Congress events without a parent?

Teens and children (anyone under the age of 18) must be accompanied at all times by either a parent/legal guardian or a Safe Environment cleared chaperone. Minors should not wander the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, or any other event spaces unaccompanied by an adult.

This means that youth and children must be accompanied by an adult at all sessions (including family and/or youth sessions). The youth/children and the accompanying adult(s) must be registered to attend sessions together. Please click here to view Safe Environment policies.

While some sessions are specifically designated for families or youth because of the content planned for them, youth and children may attend any session with an adult, not just sessions specifically noted for families or youth.