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.
The World Meeting of Families will require thousands of volunteers
in order to manage the crowds expected. These volunteers will
be tasked with managing crowds, assisting visitors, translation
services, welcoming committees, etc. By dedicating your valuable
time, and sharing your individual talents, you will play a critical
role in bringing the joy of the World Meeting to life for other
There are a variety of different opportunities
for volunteering throughout the week,
including a significant need for bilingual or multilingual volunteers
for translation purposes.
For updates on opportunities to Volunteer leave your information
Registration for the World Meeting of Families will open soon
and include an "early-bird" discount. Visit the above web site,
scroll down to the bottom of the home page and click on "Register"
under Plan Your Visit.