Wednesday Programme

WMOF2018 DAY TWO - Wednesday 22 August - Pastoral Congress in the RDS

Theme – The Family and Faith

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


H.E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, India.
Theme: ‘The Church as a family of families’.


H.E. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, United States of America
Theme: ‘The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world’.

Followed by 30 minute testimony: Young People on their Hopes and Dreams for Marriage & the Family in the Third Millennium.

Panels and Workshops

Business Breakfast (7.30 a.m.):   Theme – Why family matters to the 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 1: (9.30 – 10.20 a.m.)
Theme:     In light of the Word: celebrating family in the Judeao-Christian Tradition.
Moderator:    H.E. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, Austria.
Panelists:    Details to follow.

Major Panel 2: (11.00 -11.50 a.m.)
Theme:     Looking to Jesus: presenting commitment to marriage as a path to joy today.
Moderator:    H.E. Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, Canada.
Panelists:    Details to follow.

Major Panel 3: (11.00 -11.50 a.m.)   
Theme:     And the greatest is love: Pope Francis on 1 Cor 13
Moderator:   Linda Ghisoni, Under-Secretary, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
Panelists:    Details to follow.

Major Panel 3:    (Evening)   
Theme:     The Vocation of the Business Leader: A Family Business Perspective.
Moderator:    H.E. Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development. 
Panelists:    Details to follow.

Panel Workshops (9.30 – 10.20 a.m.):    

Workshop 1:  
Theme:     The Bible in the home: using the scriptures to pray as family 

Workshop 2:  
Theme:     Handing on the faith in the home today.

Workshop 3:   
Theme:     The Logic of Complementarity: why mothers and fathers matter in Amoris Laetitia.
Workshop 4:  
Theme:     No room at the inn: a Christian response to homelessness.

Workshop 5:  
Theme:     Nowhere to lay his head: a Christian response to refugees.

Workshop 6:   
Theme:     Dignity and Safety in a Digital Age: facing a new challenge for families.

Workshops (11.00 – 11.50 a.m.):    

Workshop 1:  
Theme:    Choose life: Pope Francis on the ‘throw-away’ culture.
Speaker:    H.E. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines.

Workshop 2:  
Theme:     The Family: A Resource for Society.

Workshop 3:   
Theme:     The Importance of belonging: exploring contemporary interest in genealogy.

Workshop 4:  
Theme:     Families and Parish supporting families with Special Needs.

Workshop 5:  
Theme:     Why get married in Church? Presenting Sacramental Marriage as a path to joy.

Workshop 6:   
Theme:     Supporting families coping with addiction.

Additional Workshop during both Morning Sessions:

Christian Art in the Family Home: A historical perspective. 
Practical ideas for Faith, fun and the Family Meal.

Please note that this information is subject to change.

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