Monday, June 02, 2008

Zack Swantek

I grew up in New Jersey & was an English & Religious Studies major at Drew University. After graduation, I started my own business & began pursuing all the things that society tells you will make you happy. However, I always felt a longing for more. Though always religious, there were a lot of things I didn’t understand about my faith, which kept me from fully embracing God’s love. I began spending more time in prayer, Eucharistic adoration & Bible study. Not only did I find the happiness that was eluding me, but I also began feeling a calling to be a priest!

I am entering Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University for the Archdiocese of Newark this September. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body answered many of the questions I had about my faith & brought me to a much fuller understanding of what it means to be human, created in the image of God. Walking with the MoE’s will help me share Jesus, the Gospel & Theology of the Body with others, as well as spend time with a great group of Catholics will help mold me to be a better person & a better priest. Plus it will be fun to walk hundreds of miles down the East coast as well!

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Who we are?

Every summer we, the Missionaries of the Eucharist, are walking from Lewiston, Maine to Washington, DC to proclaim the beauty of the Catholic faith to everyone we meet, specifically through the Theology of the Body.

Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.

We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.