Planning for the 41st IEC began in 1974. The main discussion at that point was on what theme to choose for the focus of the Congress. It would not be until April of 1975, that the theme of “The Eucharist and the Hungers of the Human Family” was approved by Pope Paul VI. The goal was to examine both physical and spiritual hungers. Over the course of the eight days, there would be liturgies and lectures exploring the understanding of the Eucharist. Each day of the Congress focused on a different kind of hunger, such as hunger for God on day one and hunger for peace on day seven. Over the week, the Congress also featured art and exhibits, such as performances of Godspell, A Man for All Seasons, and Foolsgold, a mime performance at Old St. Joseph’s Church.