Last March, the Archdiocese of Hartford in Connecticut said they were investigating a potential eucharistic miracle at St. Thomas Catholic Church of Thomaston after a eucharistic minister witnessed an inexplicable event during Communion, where more hosts appeared in the ciborium, and the priest described it as “God just duplicated himself in the ciborium.”
David Elliott, a spokesman for the archdiocese, told CNA the Archdiocese of Hartford is seeking guidance from the Vatican regarding the potential eucharistic miracle.
The archdiocese has referred the matter to the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, as is customary in cases involving reports of miracles. The investigation is ongoing, and the archdiocese is waiting for a response from the dicastery.
The possible eucharistic miracle has attracted attention from pilgrims, who have flocked to the church where the Blessed Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, was once the pastor.
On March 28th, the Archdiocese released a statement saying
“As people of faith we know that miracles can and do happen, as they did during Christ’s earthly ministry. Miracles are divine signs calling us to faith or to deepen our faith.
Roman Catholics experience a daily miracle because every time Mass is celebrated what was bread becomes the Body of Christ and what was wine becomes his Blood.
Through the centuries this daily miracle has sometimes been confirmed by extraordinary signs from Heaven, but the Church is always careful to investigate reports of such signs with caution, lest credence is given to something that proves to be unfounded.
What has been reported to have occurred at our parish church in Thomaston, of which Blessed Michael McGivney was once pastor, if verified, would constitute a sign or wonder that can only be attributed to divine power to strengthen our faith in the daily miracle of the Most Holy Eucharist. It would also be a source of blessing from Heaven for the effort that the U.S. bishops are making to renew and deepen the faith and practice of our Catholic people with regard to this great Sacrament.”