Eucharistic Miracles Photo Exhibition & Michael O’Neill

Posted on February 20, 2024 by Published by

The Vatican Eucharistic Miracles of the World Photographic Exhibition is coming to Our Lady of the Wayside and can be seen in the Fr. Mackin Center (OLW School Gym) from March 2 through March 5. See exhibit and adoration hours below.

Numerous Eucharistic miracles have taken place throughout the ages in various countries around the world and are recognized by the Catholic Church as worthy of belief. The Photographic Exhibition faithfully recounts these well-documented miracles for us. The exhibit reminds viewers that Our Lord is truly present in the Eucharist and in-spire hearts to adore Him.

By means of the poster-sized panels, one can virtually visit the places where the miracles took place.

Travel back in time to see the earliest recorded miracle that occurred in Lanciano, Italy. In 750 AD a monastic priest was doubting the real presence. During Mass, when he pronounced the consecration, the host was transformed into flesh, and the wine into blood which coagulated into five globules. Everything was visible to those in attendance.

Journey to Portugal to visit a popular pilgrimage destination. The Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem occurred in Portugal in 1237 AD. A woman hid a consecrated host in her kerchief after she was gravely mislead by a sorceress who told her it could be used in a potion to stop her husband from mistreating her. On her way home, the host started to bleed. Confused, she hid the kerchief with the miraculous host in a trunk in her home. In the middle of the night, the trunk emitted a radiant light. The woman confessed to her husband about her sinful act and they both knelt down in prayer. At daybreak, they informed their parish priest. The news spread and the townspeople came to the house to contemplate the miracle. The sacred host was taken in a procession to the Church of St. Stephen. It continued to bleed for three days. In 1864, the woman’s house was converted into a chapel. Called the “Chapel of the Miracle,” it is still a popular Portuguese pilgrimage destination today.

Come learn about Blessed Carlo Acutis, an Italian Roman Catholic teenager, best known for documenting Eucharistic miracles around the world and cataloging them all onto a website that he himself created in the months before his death from leukemia in 2006. He offered his sufferings for the Church and Pope and was beatified on October 10, 2020.

The first millennial to be beatified, he was noted from his early years for his joy and devotion to the Eucharist. Outwardly, Carlo lived an ordinary life, enjoying video games, biking, time with his friends, and more; yet within that life burned a deep devotion, with daily Mass and the Rosary at its heart. To draw others to love the Blessed Sacrament, Carlo created a website that became the Vatican Eucharistic Miracles Photographic Exhibition.

Blessed Carlo Acutis is known to have said, “Jesus is my great friend, and the Eucharist is my highway to heaven.” When he was dying from leukemia at the age of 15 he told his mother, “I can die happy.”

Michael O’Neill, author, EWTN host, and creator of the popular miracle hunting website, will talk about the Eucharistic Miracles on Tuesday, March 5 in the Church. He will show a 20 minute video during his presentation that he produced for EWTN. This will take place at 1 pm in the afternoon and then again at 7 pm, following the 6 pm evening Mass. There will be a book signing in the Gathering Space adjacent to the Church, after both of Mr. O’Neil’s presentations. Books may be purchased with cash or a check.


Saturday, March 2

  • Exhibit (Fr. Mackin Center), 6 pm – 8 pm

Sunday, March 3

  • Exhibit (Fr. Mackin Center), 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Adoration (Church), 3 pm – 5;30 pm

Monday, March 4

  • Exhibit (Fr. Mackin Center), 3:30 pm – 8 pm
  • Adoration (Church), 3:30 pm – 7 pm

Tuesday, March 5

  • Exhibit (Fr. Mackin Center), 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Adoration (Church), 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

During school hours on Monday & Tuesday, the exhibit is only open to students and OLW staff. It will reopen to the public at 3:30 pm

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