September 22nd to 27th, 2015
Saint John Paul II created
the World Meeting of Families in 1994 in Rome to explore the
critical role the family plays in society and to give families
opportunities to talk about the challenges and blessings that
all families have.
Every three years since 1994, families from all over the world
are invited by the Holy Father to attend this global gathering.
At the conference, families share their thoughts, dialogue and
prayers, working together to grow as individuals and family units.
Families can participate in discussion groups on the Christian
family's role in the church and society, led by many distinguished
The theme of this World Meeting, September 22-27, 2015, in
Philadelphia is "Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive."
This will be the first World Meeting of Families in North America,
and, although his visit is not confirmed, it is widely believed
that Pope Francis will join the meeting at the end of the week
and celebrate Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday,
Preparations for the World Meeting
Parishioners are asked to participate in preparations
for the meeting.
to keep abreast of the latest developments.
Scroll down to the bottom of the home page for a comprehensive look
at the resources available on this web site.
The Official Prayer of the meeting is available in holy card format,
and Archbishop Chaput has asked that we pray that prayer at the
beginning of every Mass. The prayer is available for download in
18 languages at
Financially Support the Meeting
It is estimated that the Meeting will cost between $8 and $10 million
for the administrative structure, publications, venues,
security, etc., and, should Pope Francis visit, the cost would rise
to around $40 million for additional security, set-up and clean-up
of the Parkway, etc.
Major individual and corporate donors are being solicited, and a number
have already made donations or commitments. However, all are asked
to help according to our means.
Host a Family
Many of our visiting families are traveling long distances.
The expected attendance —
especially if Pope Francis' visit is confirmed — exceeds the
hotel room capacity of the Greater Philadelphia area. As
an affordable alternative to hotel accommodations and to support
the volume of people coming to the Philadelphia area,
families located in the Philadelphia region are invited
to open their doors to our visitors.
Host Families can host visitors in a spare bedroom, a vacated
apartment, etc. Visiting individuals and
families can then search the Host Family database to find hosts.
Each visiting family will pay a nightly fee to
the Host Family.
For more information, at the above web site, scroll to the bottom
of the home page and click on "Host a Family" under Get Involved.
Register as a Volunteer
Registration to volunteer for The World Meeting of Families —
Philadelphia 2015 is now open! There are two volunteer portals at
"General Volunteers" and "Deacons, Men & Women Religious." To
register as a Volunteer, one must complete both
an online user registration form and a background check request.
Once these two steps are completed, registrants will receive
a series of emails regarding eligibility. After you have successfully
passed the background check (please allow 48 hours), you will
receive an email with a link to sign up for events, chosing the
days and time slots for which you would like to volunteer.
To register for the World Meeting of Families, visit
scroll down to the bottom of the home page and click on "Register"
under Plan Your Visit.