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Week of June 6, 2006
Adorers find new spirit at Corpus Christi
Distance, darkness fail to deter devout praying cyclist
By BILL GLEN
In a series of articles in the WCR last year, the archbishop wrote, "Eucharistic Adoration is a kind of prayer of vigil, where a person spends time 'watching with the Lord,' and often this kind of prayer involves praying for extensive periods throughout the day or throughout the night."
D'Agostini said adorers can now be found in the chapel 24 hours every day. She spends four hours a week praying in the chapel herself. There are 228 people committed to spending at least one hour a week in prayer at the chapel, as well as numerous individuals and groups who drop in.
"I think it's been very successful but we always need more people," she said. "For each person, there is a different healing. For me, my faith is stronger especially in the real presence of Jesus and the Blessed Sacrament."
Collins said perpetual adoration at St. Andrew's is a flourishing treasure in the archdiocese, but there is room for growth.
"In every hour of the day and night there are people praying for God's blessings on all of us. It is so important," he said.
He is pleased that an increasing number of parishes are making time available for adoration, but he would like to see perpetual adoration widely found in the archdiocese.
"We need to base our apostolic activity on prayerful adoration. It is very closely connected to - and flows out from - the celebration of the Eucharist. It is not distinct in any way."
Wolikowski immigrated to Canada from Poland in 1947. He is a bachelor who has been on a personal mission to seek spiritual richness through the teachings of the Gospel for more than 40 years.
"The least bit of knowledge of God is worth more than all natural knowledge," he said.
His home parish is Our Lady Queen of Poland only a few blocks from his home. He thought St. Andrew's was at most a 5-km ride.
"I found my feet were fair and my bike was operating. It was nothing exceptional."
Like everyone else, Collins was unaware Wolikowski had been riding a bicycle all that time.
"Andrew is a wonderful man," the archbishop said.
D'Agostini says Wolikowski's devotion is a witness to Jesus and an example of the profound richness that can be gained through adoration.
"Andrew simply says it is a wonderful privilege for him to be there - and it is," she said. "But his suffering to get to the chapel in the middle of the night has been a tremendous inspiration for all of us."
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