Podcast

Let’s Talk Family! – World Meeting of Families 2018 Podcast 

‘Let’s Talk Family’ is the title of the World Meeting of Families 2018 weekly podcast, which features interviews and news about how preparations are going for the 9th World Meeting of Families. The podcast also features discussions about the joys and challenges of family life as we journey towards next year’s event. The podcast is presented by Brenda Drumm, Media and Communications Manager for WMOF2018. 

8th Episode: In this week’s episode Brenda is speaking to Richard Brennan, the Volunteer Project Manager with WMOF2018 about the scale of the volunteer programme for the gathering in August. Also on this week's podcast, Bishop Denis Nulty, the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, shares five ways that people can support the World Meeting of Families 2018 with just eight months to go. This week's news snippets focus on the Amoris Programme, Registration, Catholic Schools Week 2018, the Host A Family/Pilgrim Programme, and the Exhibition as part of the WMOF2018.

7th Episode: In this week’s episode Brenda is speaking to Sean Farrell, Head of International with Trocaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland about the work during the year which allows Irish families to help families in parts of the world affected b famine, war and other conflicts. Also on this week's podcast is some news about the celebration of volunteers on International Volunteer Day; Family resources on the online Advent Calendar; Volunteering for WMOF2018; The Icon Christmas Card initiative and Registration for all WMOF2018 events.

6th Episode: This week’s episode is a little bit different because the interviewer becomes the interviewee. Michael Gannon from Newbridge in Co Kildare takes over presenting duties from Brenda so as he can ask her about this year's online virtual Advent Calendar which will go live on the websites of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference and the World Meeting of Families 2018. This year's Advent Calendar has a special emphasis on families as part of our ongoing preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018. This year's Advent Calendar is all about how families can be resourced so as they can prepare better for Christmas. There will also be some news about WMOF2018 events in Luxembourg and Limerick; the welcome announcement of the official pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Washington in the USA and some updated information on volunteering in the context of the International Day of the Volunteer which will be celebrated on 5 December.

5th Episode: In this week’s episode Brenda is speaking to Natalie Orefice and Lianne Pap from the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Natalie is the Advisor for Parish Evangelisation and her colleague Lianne Pap is Family Ministry Project Worker. Both Natalie and Lianne are part of the team coordinating the official pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Birmingham to Dublin for the world Meeting of Families. Also on this week's podcast is some news about the WMOF2018 resources for schools; volunteering as a group for WMOF2018; and the launch of WMOF2018 in the Diocese of Achonry.

4th Episode: In this week’s episode Brenda is speaking to Ephrem Feeley - the composer of 'A Joy For All The Earth' - the official hymn for the 9th World Meeting of Families. Ephem shares with Brenda his inspiration for the hymn and how it has been received so far. Also on this week's podcast is some news about the selection of the Hyland Family from the Diocese of Broken Bay in Sydney as the delegate family from Australia for WMOF2018; and the 1000th milestone registration for WMOF2018. 

3rd Episode: In this week’s episode Brenda is speaking to Petra Conroy about the Amoris: Let's Talk Family, Let's be Family programme of preparation for the WMOF2018. Petra Conroy is part of the pastoral planning team for the World Meeting of Families 2018. Also on this week's podcast is some news about a new Family Prayer Book from the Diocese of Cloyne; the 100 strong WMOF2018 pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in England; and the WMOF2018 to partner with the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference on this year's online Advent Calendar.

2nd Episode: In this week’s episode Brenda is speaking to Father Damian McNeice about the beautiful icon of the holy family which was commissioned by the World Meeting of Families. Father Damian McNeice, is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin and Master of Ceremonies to the Archbishop of Dublin. Also on this week's podcast is some news about a competition to design the vestments which will be used at next year's WMOF2018 events in Dublin.

1st Episode: In this first episode Richard Brennan, Volunteer Project Manager with WMOF2018, talks to Brenda about the volunteer programme. Richard speaks about who is eligible to volunteer and what’s expected once a volunteer signs up. Click here to listen to this week’s episode.