Speakers & Participants

We are pleased to announce the following confirmed main celebrants, speakers and programme participants.

In bringing together the personnel for our panels and workshops, we have chosen parents, family members, priests, religious, business leaders, industry experts and those who will share personal experience of issues that are a challenge in daily family life.  

Please note that we have not yet made available all the information on the moderators and panellists. This information will be released in the coming weeks. Information on this page is subject to change. We will update this page regularly with details of additional programme participants, topics and events.

Visit the Pastoral Congress pages to access programme details for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday events.


H. E. Bishop Robert Barron

Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, United States of America

Workshop Speaker

Pope Francis on the Gospel of the Family: What is Jesus calling our families to be?

H.E. Cardinal João Braz de Aviz 

Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

Main Celebrant and Homilist

Love endures all things: why strong marriages make stronger societies.

H.E. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB

Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar

Major Panel Moderator

Care for our Common Home: why the family matters to the future of our planet.

H.E. Cardinal Blase Cupich

Archbishop of Chicago, United States of America

Major Panel Moderator

The Dignity and Beauty of Sexual Love: finding new language for ancient truths.

H.E. Cardinal Kevin Farrell

Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Main Celebrant and Homilist

The Family: Hope for the Church and for the world.

Gabriella Gambino

Under-secretary, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Major Panel Moderator

Dancing to the Future with Hope: Strengthening Marriage & the Family Today.

Linda Ghisoni

Under-secretary, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Major Panel Moderator

And the greatest is love: Pope Francis on 1 Cor 13

H.E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias

Archbishop of Bombay (Mumbai), India

Main Celebrant and Homilist

The Church as a family of families.

H.E. Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix

Archbishop of Quebec, Canada

Major Panel Moderator 

Looking to Jesus: presenting commitment to marriage as a path to joy today.

H.E. Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriquez Maradiaga

Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras 

Workshop Speaker

Pope Francis on the Revolution of Tenderness.

H.E. Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Archbishop of Westminster, England

Keynote Speaker

Support and preparation for marriage in the light of Amoris Laetitia.

H.E. Cardinal Seán O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap.

Archbishop of Boston, United States of America

Major Panel Moderator

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.

H.E. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

Archbishop of Vienna, Austria

Major Panel Moderator

In light of the Word: celebrating family in the Judeao-Christian Tradition.

H.E. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

Archbishop of Manila, Philippines.

Workshop Speaker  

Choose life: Pope Francis on the ‘throw-away’ culture.

H.E. Cardinal Joseph Tobin

Archbishop of Newark, United States of America

Major Panel Moderator

When Plates fly: Pope Francis on the reality of love in family life.

H.E. Cardinal Peter Turkson

Prefect of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development

Major Panel Moderator  

The Vocation of the Business Leader: A Family Business Perspective.

H.E. Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Archbishop of Washington, United States of America

Keynote Speaker

The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world.

H.E. Cardinal Mario Zenari

Apostolic Nuncio to Syria

Keynote Speaker

The family as a key to peace in a turbulent world.

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