World Meeting of Families 2018 Programme

World Meeting of Families 2018 will be a joyful festival of the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ, the same love that Christian families are called to witness to in the world.

ChildreninPhilly1It will consist of an enriching main programme for adults of keynote speakers, workshops, talks, testimonies and discussions. There will be an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as fun activities for children.

WMOF2018 will include Eucharistic Celebrations, a festival of families, exhibitions, performances, events around the city, among many other things. The Meeting will also foster gestures of solidarity for families in difficulties. During these five days, there will be time to meet and share, pray and reflect, grow in faith and love, celebrate, as well as gather strength to continue the journey of life.

22nd to the 24th August
World Meeting of the Families three-day congress
Daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, keynote speakers, workshops and exhibitions. Each day will reflect on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” chosen by the Holy Father.

Evening of 25th August
Festival of Families
A festive time, where we gather to celebrate the gift of family from the perspective of the specific theme of the World Meeting. This will be a cultural celebration of music, dance, song, within a prayerful and joyful setting, and with the aid of stories given by families representing the five continents.

26th August
Solemn Eucharistic Celebration
The World Meeting of the Family 2018 will conclude with a Solemn Mass in thanksgiving to God, the Holy Trinity for the gift of family and for its sanctification.

More details of the programme and the venues will be made available on this website closer to the date of the event. Subscribe to our newsletter and connect with us on social media to be kept informed of the latest news on the event.

A registration/ticket will be required to attend any of these events. Visit our Ticket and Registration page for more information.

Who is invited to WMOF2018?
Everybody is invited to participate, including single people (vowed/consecrated or lay), couples with or without children, extended families and clergy. Thousands of families and individuals from all over Ireland and the world are expected to attend. Some people may come together, others might come on their own, others as part of an organisation. Adults, youth and children are all invited to take part.

Being Part of the Programme

ChildreninPhillyIf you think that you might want to be part of the programme for WMOF2018 as a volunteer, performer or exhibitor, please send us an email to