World Meeting of Families

Dublin has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 21st to 26th August 2018. The theme of the gathering is to be “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.

Held every three years, this international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. The event has at its heart the following key moments:

  • 21st August 2018
    National opening of WMOF2018 taking place simultaneously in every Irish diocese.
  • 22nd to the 24th August 2018
    Three-day Congress reflecting on the chosen theme and including an enriching programme of keynote speakers, workshops, talks, testimonies and discussions together with an engaging programme for young people as well as fun activities for children. Mass will be celebrated each day and there will be a wide range of prayerful activities, exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances.
  • Saturday 25th August 2018
    Festival of Families comprising a reflective concert style event within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith will be shared by families from all continents.
  • Sunday 26th August 2018
    WMOF2018 will close with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration, that will gather thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world.

WMOF2018 will take place in the RDS, in Croke Park Stadium and in the Phoenix Park, as well as in other venues in and around the Dublin. It is also anticipated that related events, including the hosting of international groups, will take place all over the island of Ireland. All official events will be ticketed.

Thousands of families and individuals from all over Ireland and the world are expected to attend.

Preparations for participants will include a period of catechesis/faith education, which has been prepared by the Church in Ireland for use by local parishes and across the world. This programme is an interactive multimedia platform of catechetical resources that will be available through a dedicated website and app. It draws largely from the Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (‘The Joy of Love’), published by Pope Francis in March 2016.

An official prayer, logo, icon and hymn have also been especially prepared for WMOF2018, as key elements of the journey of preparing for the event.

On 21st March 2018, Pope Francis confirmed that he will be travelling to Ireland to take part in WMOF2018 !

He will attend the Festival of Families in Croke Park on Saturday 25th August and celebrate an open air Mass in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 26th August.

Final details of the papal itinerary have not yet been announced.

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