Thursday Programme

WMOF2018 DAY THREE - Thursday 23 August - Pastoral Congress in the RDS

Theme – The Family and Love

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


H.E. Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, 
Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
Theme: ‘Love endures all things: why strong marriages make stronger societies’.


H.E. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, England.
Theme: ‘Support and preparation for marriage in the light of Amoris Laetitia’.
Followed by 30 minute testimony: Couples celebrating 25, 50, 60 years of Marriage.

Panels and Workshops

Business Breakfast - Women, leadership and business: a family perspective.

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 1: (9.30 – 10.20 a.m.)   
Theme: When Plates fly: Pope Francis on the reality of love in family life.
Moderator: H.E. Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, United States of America.
Panelists: Details to follow.

Major Panel 2: (11.00 – 11.50 a.m.)
Theme: The Dignity and Beauty of Sexual Love: finding new language for ancient truths
Moderator: H.E. Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, United States of America.
Panelists: Details to follow.

Major Panel 3: (Evening)
Theme: Care for our Common Home: why the family matters to the future of our planet.
Moderator: H.E. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar.
Panelists: Details to follow.

Workshops: (9.30 -10.20 a.m.):

Workshop 1:  
Theme: Love made fruitful: Amoris Laetitia on cherishing the gift of new life.

Workshop 2:  
Theme: A Hidden Treasure: the theology of the body of Saint John Paul II.

Workshop 3:   
Theme: Handing on the faith between the Generations: the role of grandparents.

Workshop 4:  
Theme: Supporting newly married couples in the Parish.

Workshop 5:  
Theme: The joys and challenges of parenting today.

Workshop 6:   
Theme: Coping with crises and hurt in marriage.

Workshops (11.00 -11.50 a.m.):

Workshop 1:  
Theme: Pope Francis on the Revolution of Tenderness.
H.E. Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriquez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras 

Workshop 2:  
Theme: Who is doing the dishes: Pope Francis on the little things that matter in family life.

Workshop 3:
Theme: Vocational discernment and the family: preparing for the next Synod.

Workshop 4:  
Theme: Pope Francis on the vocation of fatherhood.

Workshop 5:  
Theme: Faith, Family and development: the witness of women in leadership. 

Workshop 6:   
Theme: Marriage Preparation in the Light of Amoris Laetitia: continuing the conversation

Additional Workshop during both Morning Sessions.

The journey from addiction: what families can learn from the life of Venerable Matt Talbot.
The Family as a theme in Music: the Irish tradition.
What should we be saying to young people about sex, love and the social media? ​

Please note that this information is subject to change.

More information to follow as speakers and workshop languages are confirmed.