By: Therese Bermpohl
Got family vacation plans for 2015? How about attending the World Meeting of Families (MWOF) from September 22-25, 2015? If you hang around until the last day, you may get a chance to meet Pope Francis.
The WMOF will take place at the Philly Convention Center and is expected to attract 10 to 15 thousand Catholics from around the world. There are 6,000 rooms on hold for the conference, and another 4,000, (10,000 total) on hold for the papal visit, which has not yet been made official. If you cannot afford a hotel room there is ample opportunity to stay with host families.
The event/festivities surrounding the WMF will include:
- Daily Mass
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament available all day, all week
- Two to three keynotes each day, including a youth track, and a young adult track
- Family Fest, sponsored by Philadelphia’s leading cultural institutions (for example, among others, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute are each planning family-themed exhibits and extended hours during the week. Every evening there will be film festivals, concerts, etc)
- A Market Place for an exchange of goods and ideas
Pope Francis is expected to arrive on September 25, 2015, and to be greeted by thousands at Independence Hall in downtown Philadelphia. The following morning, more than 40,000 young people will gather for a rally with the Pope on the grounds of Citizens Bank Park. Later that evening, more than one million people are expected for the festival of families and another million for the Papal Mass on Sunday morning, all held along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the heart of Philly.
Also available for families are catechetical materials in both English and Spanish that highlight what Catholics believe about the dignity of marriage and family.
Registration is opening soon, so if you would like to attend, now is a good time to start considering your options!
If you cannot attend, please pray for the success of the event and for the strengthening of families throughout the world.
For the most updated information on the World Meeting of Families click here.