The biggest gathering of Catholic families in the world…
The World Meeting of Families was started in Rome by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1994 to strengthen the sacred bonds of the family. This event is the biggest gathering of Catholic families in the world, and it occurs once every three years. The previous World Meeting of Families was held in Milan, Italy; this year, it will be held in Philadelphia at The Pennsylvania Convention Center. A preparatory catechesis is available for all ages and is essential to the meeting.
There is an adult congress (ages 18+) and a youth congress (ages 6-17) with daycare available. The adult congress consists of internationally known speakers giving talks, presenting panels, and leading workshops designed to amplify the ability of attendees to support each other in life. Each session focuses on spiritual growth in a particular facet of family life. Keynote speakers are followed by a dozen or more other speakers in breakout sessions, in which participants may choose which speaker to hear next. The youth congress is an interactive program that embraces the theme of this year’s meeting: “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
The World Meeting of Families is one of several conventions that will function as a forum for debating issues to be discussed at the ordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, which will occur in October.