At a Glance

Programme at a Glance

World Meeting of Families 2018 will be a joyful and enriching occasion for adults, young people and children. During these five days, there will be time to meet and share, pray and reflect, grow in faith and love, celebrate, as well as gather strength to continue the journey of life.

World Meeting of Families 2018 has at its heart four main moments:

Click on the title for each event to see details of the confirmed speakers, topics and activities for each day.

World Meeting of Families 2018 Events

21 August 2018Opening of World Meeting of Families 2018

Simultaneous National Opening of WMOF2018 in all dioceses in Ireland

22 to 24 August 2018 World Meeting of the Families Pastoral Congress

Keynote speakers, workshops and discussions; exhibitions, art and cultural activities, daily celebration of the Eucharist, liturgical and prayerful activities. Each day will reflect on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” chosen by the Holy Father. The venue has been confirmed as the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4  

Evening of 25 August Festival of Families

A festive time, where we gather to celebrate the gift of family from the perspective of the specific theme of the World Meeting. This will be a cultural celebration of music, dance, song, within a prayerful and joyful setting, and with the aid of stories given by families from different parts of the world

26 August 2018 - Solemn Eucharistic Celebration

The World Meeting of the Families 2018 will conclude with a Solemn Mass in thanksgiving to God, the Holy Trinity, for the gift of family and for its sanctification.

The Meeting will also include a wider programme of events around the city and will foster gestures of solidarity for families in difficulties. Subscribe to our newsletter and connect with us on social media to be kept informed of the latest news on the event.

A registration/ticket will be required to attend any of these events. Visit our Ticket and Registration page for more information. 


Drawing on the opening words of The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis has chosen as the theme for WMOF2018 in Dublin, Ireland – The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World!

The events of each day will be guided by a key theme from The Joy of Love.

Day One (Tuesday 21 August): 

Opening Ceremony Theme – The Joy of Love in Families is also the Joy of the Church.

Day Two (Wednesday 22 August): 

Pastoral Congress Theme – The Family and Faith (AL Chapters 1-3). 

Day Three (Thursday 23 August): 

Pastoral Congress Theme – The Family and Love. (AL Chapters 4-6)

Day Four (Friday 24 August):

Pastoral Congress Theme – The Family and Hope. (AL Chapters 7-9).

Day Five (Saturday 25 August): 

Festival of Families Theme The Family: Celebrating with Joy!. 

Day Six (Sunday 26 August): 

Theme of the Final Mass The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World. 

Who is invited to WMOF2018?

Everybody is invited to participate, including single people (vowed/consecrated or lay), couples with or without children, extended families and clergy. Thousands of families and individuals from all over Ireland and the world are expected to attend. Some people may come as a family, others might come on their own, others as part of an organisation. Adults, youth and children are all invited to take part.

Programme at a glance Stadium
Photo Credit: Des McMahon