The World Meeting of Families started in 1994, when Pope St John Paul II asked the Pontifical Council for the Family (now part of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life) to establish an international event of prayer, catechesis and celebration that would draw participants from around the globe and that would help to strengthen the bonds between families and bear witness to the crucial importance of marriage and the family to all of society.
Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018.
Started by Saint John Paul II, and held every three years, this major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives, and the fundamental building block of society and the Church.
Attendance at all World Meeting of Families 2018’s events will require tickets/registration. Some events will be free; others will be subject to a fee.
Please visit the World Meeting of Families website
Twitter Feed @WMOF2018
Facebook Page World Meeting of Families 2018
In his apostolic exhortation The Joy of Love, Pope Francis expresses his hope that families and those involved in supporting families will study his document carefully and patiently.
This Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s Be Family! programme is an initiative to promote and resource this study in preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August 2018. It has a number of elements:
The Joy of Love: Six-Session Parish Conversation is a parish-based programme that explores key messages in The Joy of Love in an accessible and practical way.
Practical Initiatives for Popular Moments: offers a menu of activities that tie in with popular family moments to communicate key messages from The Joy of Love. An example of one of the 'Seasonal Moments' for January is Family New Year's Resolutions.
A Family New Year’s Resolution sheet is available here and can be downloaded, copied and distributed.
Prayer for the World Meeting of Families 2018
Hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018
'A Joy For All The Earth'
Composed by Ephrem Feeley