Encountering Jesus

Two locally known ‘perpetual pilgrims’ will journey with the Eucharistic Lord

Two people with ties to Nebraska will serve as “perpetual pilgrims” en route to the 2024 National Eucharistic Congress to be held July 17-21 in Indianapolis.

The two will be part of a core group of 24 young Catholics selected to accompany Jesus in the Eucharist for the duration of a 61-day, multi-route National Eucharistic Pilgrimage that begins May 17 and leads up to the Eucharistic Congress.

Patrick Fayad, a graduate of Christ the King School in Omaha and Mount Michael Benedictine High School in Elkhorn, has been selected as one of the perpetual pilgrims.


He graduated last May from Benedictine College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and theology. Fayad works at St. Martin’s Academy in Fort Scott, Kansas, as a residential dean and strength coach.

He is an Eagle Scout as well as a Benedictine Oblate, according to a brief biography for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage.

Jack Krebs, a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will also serve as a perpetual pilgrim. Krebs grew up in southern Wisconsin and will graduate with dual bachelor’s degrees in water science and environmental science.


After the pilgrimage, he hopes to work in outdoor ministry for the Church, fostering a love of the Creator through time spent in creation, according to his bio for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage.

Krebs and Fayad will be pilgrims on the Serra Route, named after St. Junípero Serra. The route begins in California and covers more than 2,200 miles on its way to Indianapolis. The journey will be covered on foot and by vehicle, with stops at multiple holy sites along the way, including some in the Archdiocese of Omaha on June 21-23.

Other pilgrimage routes converge in Indianapolis from the north, south and east.

On all routes, people are invited to join in the pilgrimage. If they can’t participate along the designated routes, they can make their own pilgrimage or accompany our Lord through prayer.

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