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PreachJuly 08, 2024
National Eucharistic Pilgrimage perpetual pilgrim Shayla Elm, at right, walks in a Eucharistic procession in Kingsville, Texas, May 23, 2024. (OSV News photo/courtesy Diocese of Corpus Christi)

“We’re like the little apostles,” says Shayla Elm. “We’re getting to walk with Jesus, like the apostles did; getting to learn from him, getting to see the ways that He brings people to Him that maybe you didn’t think twice about, the people on the fringes.”

On this episode of “Preach,” host Ricardo da Silva, S.J., talks with Shayla Elm, one of 24 young adults chosen to accompany the Eucharistic processions that started out across the country this past Pentecost Sunday. She has been on the road for almost two months, walking one of the four legs of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. This journey will culminate in a nationwide event at the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, taking place from July 17 to 21.

Shayla currently lives in Denver, Colo., where she serves as the community engagement manager for Christ in the City, a nonprofit organization serving people experiencing homelessness.

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