2023 Eucharistic Congress & Catholic Youth Coalition Convention

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Closing Mass - Livestream:

Keynote Speakers:

Fr. Connor Danstrom

Fr. Connor Danstrom is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was ordained in 2014 and has served as associate pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Blue Island, IL, and as director and chaplain of the St. John Paul II Newman Center at UIC. He is also serving as one of the national preachers for the Eucharistic Revival. He enjoys writing music, playing basketball, and going fly fishing once a year with his priest friends.


Chaplain at St. John Paul II Newman Center – UIC


Mundelein Seminary


B.S. Biochemistry, University of Illinois; M.Div., S.T.L. University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary


Winnetka, IL


Romans 8


Blessed Virgin Mary (If that’s cheating, then St. Patrick)


Before seminary I worked for two fire seasons for the U.S. Forest Service as a wildland firefighter.

Sr. Jude Andrew, OP

Sr. Jude Andrew, OP, grew up outside Portland, OR, so she is very happy to see mountains again after years in the Midwest. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in 2003. She has a masters in theology from St. Charles Borromeo in Philadelphia and is pursuing one in catechesis from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She spent 13 years in the classroom, mostly at the middle school and high school levels, and is currently developing catechetical and educational resources at Openlight Media, an apostolate of her Community.

Sr. Marie Jeannette, OP

Sr. Marie Jeannette, OP is originally from Charlotte, NC and joined the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in 2011. She professed perpetual vows in 2019 has experience teaching K-12 in the general education and special education settings. She is currently assigned as the Learning Specialist at Spiritus Sanctus Academy -Plymouth.

Tanner Kalina

Tanner is a Catholic speaker and writer currently living with his wife in Denver, Colorado. He is a Eucharistic Missionary for the National Eucharistic Revival. Alongside his speaking and missionary efforts, he is the co-creator of the Saints Alive Podcast which tells the stories of the saints to tens of thousands of families across the world. He chases holiness in his day to day, failing frequently but continuing constantly. Tanner has had the great pleasure of spreading the Gospel with ministries such as Ascension Presents, FOCUS, EWTN, NET, and others.

Photo Gallery from 2022 Eucharistic Congress & CYC Convention