World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis was on hand for the 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on September 22-27, 2015! Families from around the world gathered to hear speakers, celebrate our faith and pray together. Check out pictures from the Pontiff’s visit under “Events” by clicking on Papal Visit.

The meeting’s theme, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive” was inspired by the early Church Father, St. Irenaeus, who wrote “the Gold of God is many fully alive.” The glory of men and women is their capacity to love as God loves — and no better means exists than the family to teach the meaning of love.

World Meeting of Families Prayer

Join together with families from around the world in prayer. Pray the World Meeting of Families prayer each day with your family for the success of the event and for your family’s personal intentions.

God and Father of us all,
in Jesus, your Son and our Savior,
you have made us
your sons and daughters
in the family of the Church.

May your grace and love
help our families
in every part of the world
be united to one another
in fidelity to the Gospel.

May the example of the Holy Family,
with the aid of your Holy Spirit,
guide all families, especially those most troubled,
to be homes of communion and prayer
and to always seek your truth and live in your love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!

World Meeting of Families — Philadelphia 2015