HARTINGTON – Hundreds of area residents have been gathering at Holy Trinity School in Harrington to get a glimpse at some miracles – 152 of them to be exact.
From Saturday through Tuesday, the school hosted the Eucharistic Miracles of the World exhibit, a display that gives the story of various miracles confirmed by the Catholic Church.
The exhibition has been to over 3,000 parishes all over the world, and comes to Hartington thanks to three organizers in South Dakota.
“There’s information I’ve been getting that approximately 85-90% of Catholics do not believe in the real presence of Christ,” said exhibit curator James Koenig. “We knew that we needed to do something, and that’s why we decided to do this.”
The exhibit was open to the public, and on Monday was open for area schools to come in and tour.
“Not only is it a picture, but it’s a story that you can sit there and reread,” said Koenig. “We have a little booklet. This whole thing is condensed. It’s a great form of entertainment and you’re learning.”
The exhibit documents miracles dating back to the year 750 in Lanciano, Italy, and as recently as 2008 in Sokolka, Poland. Parish leaders say realizing miracles still happen is an important aspect of the exhibit.
“What’s fascinating about it is that with all of the scientific research that we can do today, those miracles can open our eyes even more this this fascinating thing of the Eucharist and why the Lord opens up a little piece of it so we can see it more clearly,” said Rev. Owen W. Korte.
The exhibit will next visit Sioux Falls, South Dakota next month, and has stops planned in the near future in Iowa as well.