Planning for WMOF2018 continues with launch of new website, pastoral programme and official icon

15 Jun, 2017 | News

At their three day Summer General Meeting in Maynooth, bishops received an update from Father Timothy Bartlett, secretary general of the World Meeting of Families 2018, on the planning for this international Catholic festival of faith which will take place in Dublin from 21 to 26 August next year.

Father Bartlett detailed the recent three-day meeting on 1, 2 and 3 June of international delegates representing fifty Bishops’ Conferences from around the world.

Father Bartlett also advised the bishops of a number of upcoming initiatives including the launch of a one-year programme of preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018 which will take place during the National Novena in Knock on Monday 21 August 2017.  The programme, entitled Amoris: Let’s talk Family, Let’s be Family!, will be rolled out to parishes and families via an interactive APP and a series of video animations.  Each diocese has been invited to nominate a family who will officially represent the diocese at this event in Knock.  

Father Bartlett also announced details of a specially commissioned WMOF 2018 icon of the Holy Family that will be unveiled and anointed during the one-year launch event at the National Novena in Knock.  The icon is being written by the Redemptoristine Contemplative Community in Drumcondra, Dublin, as part of their ongoing prayer for families who will attend WMOF 2018.  Following the official unveiling at the National Novena in Knock, it is proposed that the icon travel to each diocese around the country.

The WMOF2018 volunteer and host family programme has now been launched. The WMOF2018 organising team are inviting thousands of volunteers to participate in this once-in-a-generation event.  The volunteers will be part of the operational team which will organise and run what will be the largest gathering of families in the world. Volunteers must be resident in Ireland, over 18 years of age and respectful of the Catholic ethos of the event. Volunteers will assist at the WMOF2018 events as well as at related preparatory events that will take place around the country.  In addition to the volunteer recruitment drive, a ‘Host a Pilgrim/Family’ programme has also been launched with the aim of hosting pilgrims in family-homes based in and around Dublin.

A new website ( will go live at the end of June to cater for Irish and international pilgrims who wish to come to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families 2018.  The website launch will coincide with the opening of the registration process for pilgrims.  This website will be available in the following languages: Irish, English, Polish, French, Italian, and Spanish.

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