World Meeting of Families

The next World Meeting of Families
will be held in Rome in June 2022

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What is the World Meeting of Families?

Rome, Italy has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in June 2022. Started by St. Pope John Paul II, and held approximately every three years, the international World Meeting of Families (WMOF) celebrates the family as the cornerstone of our lives and the fundamental building block of society & the Church. The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the 2022 WMOF is Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness. Come to Italy to see how the family can transform the world and see how a pilgrimage to Italy can transform you.

What is the Purpose of the World Meeting of Families?

World Meeting of Families
Pope St. John Paul II founded the WMOF to give families from around the world the opportunity to meet and celebrate together. It also seeks to strengthen the sacred bond of family life, which unite all of us.

When was the first World Meeting of Families?

Started by Pope John Paul II, the first WMOF occurred in Rome, Italy, in 1994. It has occurred every 3 years since, in various host dioceses, and is the largest gathering of Catholic families in the world.

Who can go to the World Meeting of Families?

The WMOF is open to all – married, single, religious, with children or without – everyone is invited! There are keynote speakers, workshops, and other programs for adults and youth, as well as activities for children and the whole family.
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“The couple that loves and begets life is a true, living icon – not an idol like those of stone or gold prohibited by the Decalogue – capable of revealing God the Creator and Savior. For this reason, fruitful love becomes a symbol of God’s inner life.”
- Amoris Laetitia
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World Meeting of Families Tentative Itinerary

June (exact dates TBD)
According to the USCCB, each meeting begins with a Congress that invites married couples, families, pastors, theologians, and professionals with expertise on a variety of issues that affect family life together for workshops, talks, and discussions surrounding the theme. After the Congress, there is an all-day Festival of Families that invites all participants into a prayerful and joyful celebration of family life, usually held in a large stadium or arena with the participation of the Holy Father. Finally, the event concludes with Sunday Mass, customarily celebrated by the Holy Father, to bring the participants together as a family of families, the universal Church, in the name of Christ Jesus.

Schedule details will be released by the organizers closer to the departure date, so check back as the date draws nearer!

Additional Pilgrimage Locations

Tekton will be providing pilgrimage opportunities before and after the WMOF to explore Italy, its Saints, sacred sites, and deep Catholic history of the region. The following are sample locations that could be added to the beginning or end of the WMOF. We are happy to discuss these and other options with you to personalize your World Meeting of Families pilgrimage experience for your group’s needs.

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