Archbishop Diarmuid Martin launched the planning for the World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Dublin on 22-26 August 2018, at a gathering of representatives from dioceses, parishes and lay organisations, associations and movements of families in Dublin last Saturday (22nd October).
Addressing the gathering Archbishop Martin expressed his hopes for the World Meeting, which will focus on the theme of The Gospel of the Family – Joy for the World: “This is a gift to the Irish church, a huge challenge but a high point of a process which will enable us to examine the adequacies of our pastoral care of families”.
The day conference was designed to reflect the structure of the World Meeting with a focus on testimonies from families and the theme of celebration. A good part of the agenda was dedicated to highlighting the work and impact of the many organisations which serve families in Ireland. Fr Timothy Bartlett, Secretary General for the World Meeting, announced that it is anticipated that the website will be launched early in 2017 and the Preparatory Catechesis will be published in March 2017.
A group from England and Wales attended the event including Deirdre Peden and Kit Dollard, both Trustees of Catholic Marriage Care; Peter and Pauline Lavery, Marriage & Family Life Coordinators in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle; Clara and Charles Donnelly, representing FAMILIAS, the Association of Diocesan Coordinators of Family Ministry; Breda Theakston, Parenting Coordinator in the Diocese of Leeds; Mary Killeen and other colleagues from Maryvale Institute; Elizabeth Davies, Marriage & Family Life Project Officer at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
The website for the World Meeting is www.worldmeeting2018.ie and the twitter hashtag is @wmf2018