Friday Programme

WMOF2018 DAY FOUR - Friday 24 August - Pastoral Congress in the RDS

Theme – The Family and Hope

We are pleased to announce the following confirmed main celebrant, speakers, panelists and topics.


H.E. Cardinal Kevin Farrell
Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
Theme: ‘The Family: Hope for the Church and for the world’.


H.E. Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria.
Theme: ‘The family as a key to peace in a turbulent world’.
Followed by 30 minute testimony: Christian Families from the Nineveh Plain.

Panels and Workshops

Business Breakfast: The family: key to a sustainable economy.

Please note: the Business Breakfast lectures are not included in the Pastoral Congress Registration. To attend this event you must book separately. Places are limited. Click here for more information.

Major Panels:

Major Panel 3:   (9.30 – 10.20 a.m.) 
Theme: Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Moderator: H.E. Cardinal Seán O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Boston, United States of America 
Panelists: Details to follow.

Major Panel 1:   (11.00 – 11.50 a.m.)
Theme: Dancing to the Future with Hope: Strengthening Marriage & the Family today.
Moderator: Gabriella Gambino, Under-secretary, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
Panelists: Details to follow.

Major Panel 2:   (11.00 – 11.50 a.m.)
Theme: Glued to our Phones: can technology become more family friendly?
Moderator: Details to follow.
Panelists: Leaders in Major Technology Companies.

Workshops: (9.30 -10.20 a.m.)

Workshop 1:  
Theme: Pope Francis on the Gospel of the Family: What is Jesus calling our families to be?
Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, United States of America 

Workshop 2:  
Theme: Accompanying, discerning and integrating: human fragility and Amoris Laetitia.

Workshop 3:  
Theme: Celebrating the Lord’s Day as Family.

Workshop 4:  
Theme: Relationship and sexuality education in the light of Amoris Laetitia.

Workshop 5:  
Theme: Ministering to families with members in prison.

Workshop 6:   
Theme: Breaking the silence: dealing with domestic violence.

Workshops (11.00 -11.50 a.m.):

Workshop 1:                                                 
Theme: Celebrating Family and Sport

Workshop 2: 

Theme: The family that prays together: finding time for prayer in a digital age.

Workshop 3:   

Theme: Promoting the Gospel of the Family: the role of family associations today.

Workshop 4:  
Theme: The role and rights of parents in Catholic education.

Workshop 5:  
Theme: The Family as an Agent of Peace in a turbulent world

Workshop 6: 
Theme: Marriage, the Family and the search for Christian Unity.

Additional Interactive Workshops during both morning sessions:

Lectio Divina as a resource for the Family: An introduction.

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Pastoral Congress formally closes on Friday afternoon.

Details of additional topic, events and related symposia to be announced.

Contact Us

WMOF2018 Office

Holy Cross Diocesan Centre,

Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3, Ireland

Tel.: +353 1 567 6800


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