Set Free the Gifts of the Spirit

by: Fr. Thomas Rosica

Christian theology of the Holy Spirit is rooted in Judaism. The term Spirit translates the Hebrew word (ruah) and even in the pronunciation of it we detect God’s wind and breath. The wind of God, the breath of God, the presence of God are all ways of referring to God’s presence.

pentecost-2014The expression “Holy Spirit” was used only seven times in the Old Testament, whereas the terms “Spirit of God” or “Spirit of the Lord” occurs 67 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. In the very first line of the book of Genesis 1:1, God’s Spirit was gently hovering over the primordial waters waiting for the opportune moment of drawing order from that chaos.

Jesus, himself, uses the sensory image of the wind in the mysterious, nocturnal conversation with Nicodemus when he talks about the Spirit as the wind that blows where it wills [cf. John 3]. This, then, is the Spirit’s first function in the Scriptures: to be the mysterious presence of God in history, not reducible to human or earthly logic.

The second function of the Spirit in the Old Testament is that of putting things in order. The Genesis creation account [Chapter 1] reveals a descending Spirit upon this formless world and its descent produces the miracle of creation, the transformation of chaos into cosmos, of disorder, into order, of anonymity into community.

The third function of the Spirit in the Old Testament is life-giver. In Genesis 2:7, we read: “The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the Spirit, the breath of life and man became a living being. As a result of this divine breath, the human creature is transformed into a living being, no longer to be simply a creature but a partner made in the image and likeness of God, with whom and to whom God speaks and confides responsibility for the world.”

The fourth function of the Holy Spirit is guide. We read in Isaiah 11: “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord.” The fear of the Lord is not something that terrorizes people but could be understood as our ability to say “wow,” “awesome” before God’s handiwork and God’s creation.

The fifth function of the Spirit is healer, articulated so powerfully in the prophecy of Ezekiel 36:26-27 — “I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, I will put my spirit within you and make you live by my statutes, careful to observe my decrees.” The Spirit enters, recreates, restores to health and vanquishes sin.

The sixth function of the Holy Spirit is the universal principle. We read in Joel 3:1-2: “I will pour out my spirit on all flesh, your sons and your daughters shall prophecy, even upon the men-servants and the maid-servants, in those days I will pour out my spirit.” The day will come when all humanity will be truly possessed by the spirit and that day will coincide with the eagerly awaited Messianic age of which the prophets speak. It was this principle that captivated Jesus’activity and ministry in a remarkable way.

The seventh function of the Holy Spirit takes place on the feast of Pentecost when the disciples were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. The coming of the Holy Spirit signals the start of a world-wide mission for Christians beyond their geographic boundaries of Israel, first from Israel to Rome, and then from Rome then to the ends of the earth. It is a mission that overcomes human obstacles and has the Spirit as its driving force.

The Catholic Experience

The Holy Spirit makes the Christian experience truly Catholic and universal, open to all human experience. To be Catholic is to be universal and open to the world. Not only to Canada, North America Europe or Asia, or a certain familiar part of the world or segment of society, but it must be open to all, to every single person. The mind of Christ is not intended to be a selective mentality for a few but the perspective from which the whole world will be renewed and redeemed. An insight like this, the universal scope of salvation did not however come easily and without much pain and confusion.

In fact, the whole of the New Testament can be understood precisely as the emergence of the Catholic, the universal, in Christian life. Christianity, had it not moved from where it was particular and small would have just been a small modification of the Jewish experience, a subset of Jewish piety that was still focused in and around Jerusalem and the restoration of a literal kingdom of Israel. The first two generations of Christians discovered that Christianity could not be just that. Because they had received the Holy Spirit, which is the universal principle, the Holy Spirit opened peoples’ eyes to the universal import of the Christian truth and through the encounter with non-Jews who received the Holy Spirit.

004-tower-babelThe artists of the Middle Ages often contrasted the Tower of Babel with the “Tower” of the Upper Room. Babel symbolizes the divisions of people caused by sin. Pentecost stands for a hope that such separations are not a tragic necessity. The babbling mob of Babel compares poorly with the heartfelt unity of the Pentecost crowd. Babel was a mob. Pentecost was a community. A people without God lost the ability to communicate. A people suffused with the Spirit spoke heart to heart.

At Pentecost the full meaning of Jesus’life and message is poured into our hearts by the Spirit alive in the community. The New Testament seems to say that – for a fleeting moment – the nations of the earth paused from their customary strife and experienced a community caused by God. The brief and shining hour of Pentecost remains to charm and encourage us to this day.

World Youth Day

One of the finest teachings on the Holy Spirit in recent times took place during the prayer vigil at World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia. The Saturday evening event at the Randwick Racecourse began in darkness, gradually illuminated by torches borne by dancers on the podium, representing the opening to the Holy Spirit.

“Tonight we focus our attention on how to become witnesses,” Benedict XVI told the young people in his address. “You are already well aware that our Christian witness is offered to a world which in many ways is fragile. The unity of God’s creation is weakened by wounds that run particularly deep when social relations break apart, or when the human spirit is all but crushed through the exploitation and abuse of persons. Indeed, society today is being fragmented by a way of thinking that is inherently shortsighted, because it disregards the full horizon of truth, the truth about God and about us. By its nature, relativism fails to see the whole picture. It ignores the very principles which enable us to live and flourish in unity, order and harmony.”

Yet, the Pope went on, “such attempts to construct unity in fact undermine it. To separate the Holy Spirit from Christ present in the Church’s institutional structure would compromise the unity of the Christian community, which is precisely the Spirit’s gift! […] Unfortunately the temptation to ‘go it alone’ persists. Some today portray their local community as somehow separate from the so-called institutional Church, by speaking of the former as flexible and open to the Spirit and the latter as rigid and devoid of the Spirit.”

“Let us invoke the Holy Spirit: He is the artisan of God’s works,” the Pope concluded. “Let His gifts shape you! Just as the Church travels the same journey with all humanity, so too you are called to exercise the Spirit’s gifts amidst the ups and downs of your daily life. Let your faith mature through your studies, work, sport, music and art. Let it be sustained by prayer and nurtured by the Sacraments. […] In the end, life is not about accumulation. It is much more than success. To be truly alive is to be transformed from within, open to the energy of God’s love. In accepting the power of the Holy Spirit you too can transform your families, communities and nations. Set free the gifts! Let wisdom, courage, awe and reverence be the marks of greatness!”

Come Holy Spirit!

We read in the gospels “the one whom the Father will send will teach us everything and remind us of all that Jesus has said to us” [John 14:26]. This act of reminding and recalling is stated very clearly in the Catechism of The Catholic Church [No. 1099]: “The Holy Spirit is the Church’s living memory.”  On this great feast and birth of the Church, let us pray for the gift of memory, and for the courage to move from the empowering mystery of the Upper Room to the reality of daily life.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
And kindle in us the fire of your Love!

Lord, send us your Spirit,
And renew the face of the earth…
The face of our Church, the face of our communities,
Our own faces, our own hearts. Amen.


Catching Fire – A Poem for Pentecost

We stayed locked behind closed doors
Safe from the rest of the world
Wondering what the future held
Would things ever be the way they were?
Should we just give up? Return home
And pretend like our worlds had not changed
Get on the with the business of our normal lives
Or do we dare to dream of God’s kingdom?

Our Lord came down to the water
And fished us out, calling us from our lives
To journeys we hadn’t imagined
The kingdom was near, the blind saw, the deaf heard
The demons were cast out and the religious were afraid
We had no wealth, no security, but we had him
This man who pulsated with the presence of the living God
Who dared to dream, speak and enact God’s kingdom

Our Lord took us outside the world we knew
To the other side of the lake, to Samaria, and into the city
He touched the unclean, welcomed the sinners
Ate with the tax collectors, and called us all to follow
Building this kingdom of outcasts and unholy into something divine
He opened our eyes, our ears and our hearts
Sometimes we heard, sometimes we were still deaf
Sometimes we trusted, sometimes we failed
But we relied on his faithfulness, his trust
His vision of the kingdom of God drawn near

His vision of the kingdom of love met the hatred
Of men who had lost their dreams, of rulers trapped by fear
So they hung him on a tree, cursed before the world
And laid him in a tomb, killing the dream
Scattering his followers to the four winds
As we ran away in our fear and disillusionment
Hiding away behind locked doors
Fasting where once we feasted
Mourning the loss of the kingdom of God incarnate

But the dream didn’t die
Love overcame hatred; the bars of death were shattered
And with this one, this Jesus, resurrection became reality
We saw him, touched him, ate with him, were taught by him
Yet still we didn’t understand how dead could be not dead
How to overcome the scandal of the crucifixion
How to move beyond our fears and beyond the walls
Our fear keeps the insiders in and the outsiders as strangers
As we argue, debate and question the future of God’s kingdom

We stayed locked behind closed doors
Safe from the rest of the world
Wondering what the future held
Would things ever be the way they were?
Should we just give up? Return home
And pretend like our worlds had not changed
Get on the with the business of our normal lives
Or do we dare to dream of God’s kingdom?

Light and life, wind and fire, tongues and messages
The same Spirit that drove Jesus into the wilderness
The same Spirit that went forth from him to heal the sick
Cast out the demons, open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf
Comes down and casts us outside
No longer behind closed doors, no longer trapped in fear
No longer caught in the illusion of our own control
No longer fearing death or persecution
But caught up in the moment, catching fire
Not knowing what the future holds
But captured by the pulsating power of God’s presence
That we are not alone, that we go forth in love
Witnesses to the kingdom of God

Our problems are not gone, they are new
As we are cast out by the Spirit into God’s world
We meet the outsiders, the gentiles, the strangers
The sinners, the broken, the hurt and the healing
We see the way God’s kingdom is at work in them
And it changes us, it rekindles our own flames
Stoking the fire of the Spirit that breaks down the walls of our fear
Proclaiming the arrival of the kingdom of God

In an age of fear we are captured by the creating Spirit
In the face of hatred and prejudice we are called to love
In insecurity we bring a dream of a world renewed
Yet at times our own fires grow dim
We find ourselves locked behind our own doors
Trapped within our cathedrals
Fearing the outsiders, the strangers and even our neighbors
Then may that same Spirit that moved the frightened few
Into the marketplace, the workplace and to the ends of the earth
Open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to the work of God in our midst
Pushing us towards the kingdom of God

Neil White, 2013


Volunteers Needed to Assist with World Meeting of Families

We need more than 10,000 volunteers. Our volunteers will take care of more than one million people coming for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 and the Papal visit.

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World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Announces Launch of Volunteer Registration for Historic Event

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Philadelphia, PA (April 27, 2015) – The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 today announced that its highly anticipated online volunteer registration is now officially open to the public. With more than 10,000 volunteers needed for the World Meeting of Families Congress (September 22-25) and Papal Visit (September 26-27), individuals 18 years of age and older can now register here http://worldmeeting2015.volunteerhub.com/ for the opportunity to play a crucial role in this once-in-a-lifetime event. Currently at launch, there are more than 100 volunteer opportunities throughout the week of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, including opportunities related to the Festival of Families and Papal Mass. More volunteer options will likely be added upon the announcement of a formal itinerary for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia by the Vatican. That announcement is anticipated in early summer.

Partnered with Verified Volunteers, the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 volunteer registration site provides registrants with a simple yet secure platform to complete an online volunteer application form and a required level three (3) background check, in accordance with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s volunteer protocol. This background check typically takes 24-48 hours to process and the cost is assumed by the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, although registrants do have the option to donate the $28.00 fee back to the event. With a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the week – ranging from bilingual and multilingual skills for translation purposes to greeters at Philadelphia International Airport to WMOF social media support – the World Meeting of Families volunteer registration site will offer registrants the option to select different assignments as well as specific days and times. The average time to complete the World Meeting of Families volunteer registration is estimated at 4.5 minutes.

Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 commented, “The single most frequently asked question we receive is ‘How can I help? With today’s official launch of the World Meeting of Families Volunteer Registration Site, we can finally and happily say ‘VOLUNTEER!’ This event will undoubtedly be one of the largest in Philadelphia’s history and we gratefully invite volunteers to play a special role in this event and to serve as the welcoming face of Philadelphia to all of our domestic and international guests.”

To ensure an organized volunteer infrastructure and successful effort for this international event, the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 will require all approved volunteers to participate in formal training programs throughout summer 2015, which will fully prepare individuals to assist delegates and guests in a wide variety of ways while also providing an outstanding visitor experience for all those who will come to Philadelphia.

Volunteers will also be professionally outfitted in colorful, easy-to-identify and fully branded volunteer uniforms. These uniforms, which will include t-shirts, jackets and hats, will be designed, produced and distributed by Aramark [NYSE: ARMK], the global provider of food, facilities management, and uniforms with headquarters in Philadelphia, as the Official Uniform Provider for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015.

“Enriching and nourishing lives in communities around the world is an integral part of who we are,” said Eric Foss, Chairman, President and CEO of Aramark and a member of the Executive Leadership Cabinet for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. “We are proud to serve as the Official Uniform Provider for the 10,000 volunteers participating in the 2015 World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit as it allows us to fully embrace our service commitment to community whether at home or abroad. In 2015, there is no event, other than the World Meeting of Families, that will so spectacularly introduce our home, Philadelphia, to the world and we are excited to play such a significant role.”

In addition to serving as the Official Uniform Provider for the event, Aramark will also provide corporate volunteers for the events beginning Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Additional corporations have also committed volunteers, notably Campbell Soup Company [NYSE: CPB] Independence Blue Cross and Torcon. Several local colleges and universities have also committed volunteers for this international event, including Cabrini College, Neumann University, St. Joseph’s University and Villanova University.

“The colleges and universities within this region have a rich heritage and strong tradition of supporting major events and the World Meeting of Families is no exception,” said Rosalie Mirenda, President of Neumann University and a member of the Board of Directors for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. “There is a wonderful enthusiasm for Pope Francis, especially among our students, and we are excited to support opportunities for them to serve during this extraordinary moment for the city.”

Co-sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families is a triennial global event that seeks to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe and highlight its intrinsic value to the good of society. This international gathering will welcome Pope Francis to the United States for the first time in his Papacy. Being held in the United States for the first time ever, the official theme for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

For more information regarding the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September, please visit www.WorldMeeting2015.org.  For more information regarding The Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, which co-sponsors the World Meeting of Families with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit http://www.familiam.org/famiglia_eng/00002554_HOME_ENG.html. An online retail store, featuring t-shirts, hats, pins and other small mementos, is also open and can be accessed at http://wmof.myshopify.com/. You can also engage the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia on Facebook (World Meeting of Families 2015) (Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015), Twitter (@WMF2015) (@WMF2015ES) and Instagram (WMF2015).

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Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015 Anuncia lanzamiento del Registro de inscripción para Voluntarios de este evento Histórico

Filadelfia, Pensilvania (27 de Abril del 2015) - El Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015 anunció el día de hoy, que el registro en línea para voluntarios está oficialmente abierto al público. Con más de 10,000 voluntarios necesarios para el congreso Encuentro Mundial de las Familias (Septiembre 22-25) y la visita papal (Septiembre 26-27), personas mayores de 18 años pueden registrarse ya aquí http://worldmeeting2015.volunteerhub.com/ para la oportunidad de desempeñar un papel crucial en este evento único. En este momento hay más de 100 oportunidades de voluntariado durante la semana del Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015, incluyendo oportunidades relacionadas con el Festival de la Familia y la misa papal. Es probable que se añada más oportunidades cuando el Vaticano anuncie un itinerario formal para la visita del Papa Francisco a Filadelfia. Ese anuncio se prevé a principios del verano.

En conjunto con Voluntarios Verificados, la página de registro de voluntarios del Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015, ofrece a los inscriptores una plataforma fácil y segura para completar el formulario de aplicación en línea. De acuerdo con el protocolo de voluntarios de la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia requiere un verificación de antecedentes de nivel tres (3). Esta revisión de antecedentes normalmente toma de 24- 48 horas en procesar y el costo será asumido por el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015, aunque los solicitantes de registro tienen la opción de donar esta cuota de $ 28.00 al evento. Con una gran variedad de oportunidades de voluntariado durante la semana -que van desde habilidades bilingües y multilingües con fines de traducción, anfitriones en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Filadelfia, y apoyo en las redes sociales (WMOF) – la página para el registro de voluntarios del Encuentro Mundial de las familias ofrecerá a los registrantes la opción de seleccionar diferentes tareas así como los días y horas específicas. El tiempo promedio para completar la inscripción para el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias es de 4.5 minutos.

De acuerdo a Donna Crilley Farrel, directora ejecutiva del Encuentro Mundial de las Familias- Filadelfia 2015, la pregunta que con más frecuencia se recibe es “¿Cómo puedo ayudar? “. “Con el lanzamiento oficial del sitio de registro para voluntarios del evento, felices y finalmente podemos decir ‘¡VOLUNTARIOS!’. Este evento será sin duda uno de los más grandes de la historia de Filadelfia e invitamos amablemente voluntarios para desempeñar un papel especial en este evento y servir a todos nuestros invitados nacionales e internacionales, mostrando el rostro más amable de Filadelfia.”

Para garantizar una infraestructura de voluntarios organizada y el éxito de este evento internacional, el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015 requerirá que voluntarios aprobados participen en programas de capacitación formal en el verano del 2015. Lo que les preparará de diversas maneras para ayudar a los delegados e invitados, y a la vez proporcionará una experiencia excepcional a todos los visitantes de Filadelfia.

Los voluntarios también estarán equipados profesionalmente con uniformes de colores, fáciles de localizar y debidamente marcados. Estos uniformes incluirán camisetas, chaquetas y sombreros, y serán diseñados, producidos y distribuidos por Aramark [NYSE: ARMK], el proveedor global de alimentos, gestión de instalaciones, y uniformes con sede en Filadelfia, designado como Proveedor Oficial de Uniformes para el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015.

Eric Foss, Presidente y CEO de Aramark y miembro de la Dirección del Gabinete Ejecutivo para el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015 dijo: “El enriquecimiento y fortalecimiento de vidas en las comunidades de todo el mundo es una parte integral de lo que somos “. “Estamos orgullosos de servir como el proveedor oficial de uniformes para los 10,000 voluntarios que participen en el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias –Filadelfia 2015 y la visita papal, ya que nos permite cumplir con nuestro compromiso de servicio a la comunidad tanto en nuestra propia casa como fuera de ella. No habrá en el 2015 otro evento fuera del Encuentro Mundial de las Familias que permita presentar al mundo de una manera espectacular nuestro hogar, Filadelfia, y estamos muy contentos de jugar un papel tan importante”.

Además de servir como el Proveedor Oficial de Uniformes para el evento, Aramark proporcionará voluntarios corporativos para los eventos desde el martes 22 de septiembre del 2015. Entre otras empresas que también se han comprometido a ofrecer voluntarios están Campbell Soup Company [NYSE: CPB] Independence Blue Cross y Torcon. Entre las escuelas superiores y universidades locales que también se han comprometido con voluntarios para este evento internacional están: Cabrini College, Neumann University, St. Joseph’s University y Villanova University.

De acuerdo a Rosalie Mirenda, Presidente de la Neumann University – miembro de la Junta Directiva para el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015- “Las escuelas superiores y universidades de esta región tienen una herencia rica y tradición de apoyar en acontecimientos importantes. El Encuentro Mundial de las Familias no es la excepción”. “Existe un entusiasmo maravilloso por el Papa Francisco, especialmente entre nuestros estudiantes, y estamos muy contentos de poderles apoyar en oportunidades que les permitan servir en este momento tan extraordinario para la ciudad”.

Bajo el co-patrocinio del Consejo Pontificio de la Santa Sede para la Familia y la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia, el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias es un evento global trienal que busca fortalecer los vínculos sagrados de la familia en todo el mundo y poner de relieve su valor intrínseco, el bien de la sociedad. Este encuentro internacional dará la bienvenida al Papa Francisco a Estados Unidos por primera vez durante su papado. Celebrado por primera vez en la historia de los Estados Unidos, el tema oficial para el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias 2015 es “El amor es Nuestra Misión: La Familia Plenamente Viva”.

Para obtener más información sobre el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias en Filadelfia en septiembre próximo, por favor visite www.WorldMeeting2015.org. Para obtener más información sobre Consejo Pontificio de la Santa Sede para la Familia, que co-patrocina el Encuentro Mundial de las Familias con la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia, visite http://www.familiam.org/famiglia_eng/00002554_HOME_ENG.html.

Una tienda en línea que ofrece camisetas, gorras, pines y otros pequeños recuerdos, también está abierta y se puede acceder en http://wmof.myshopify.com/.Usted también puede participar del Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia en Facebook (World Meeting of Families 2015) (Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015), Twitter (@WMF2015) (@WMF2015ES) and Instagram (WMF2015).  

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WMOF-Philadelphia Congress Sessions, Speakers, and Speakers’ Biographies Announced

May 7, 2015

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce that the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015 Youth Congress content, along with registration information, is now available on the World Meeting of Families website! WMOF Congress attendees ages 6 through 17 can participate in a variety of different interactive programs. Young people who are over the age of 17 but still in high school may also be able to participate in the Youth Congress.

Different activities are offered for different age groups. These activities include “Praying with Paint,” “Sacramental Scavenger Hunt,” “Bowling with the Bishops,” “Trivia: Catechism Quest,” “St. Francis of Assisi,” and so much more.  There will also be a main stage with scheduled performances throughout the day. The Youth Congress will provide lessons on the Church’s teachings on the family in an interactive environment and all activities have a “catechesis connection,” drawing on the themes of the official Catechesis of the World Meeting of Families.

All of the activities included in the Youth Congress, as well as the required forms and information needed to participate, are available on our website at http://bit.ly/YouthCongress.

Keynote and breakout sessions for the Adult Congress, with descriptions and speaker biographies for each, are also now available on our website.

Learn about the dynamic, internationally known speakers who will present at the World Meeting of Families by visiting our Congress page, at http://bit.ly/WMOFCongress. Attached is a flyer highlighting the Congress and some of our celebrated speakers.

For more information about the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015, visit our website, worldmeeting2015.org or call 855-963-2015.

We hope to see you at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for this joyous event in September!

Sincerely,

Dr. Mary Beth Yount

Director of Content & Programming

World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015

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About World Meetings of Families

Beginning with 1994, The Year of the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for organizing the World Meetings of Families in Rome (1994); Rio de Janeiro (1997); Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009); Milan (2012); and now, Philadelphia (2015).  Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe.

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Register To Hear These DYNAMIC SPEAKERS

Join our Adult Congress Speakers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for practical tips on how to improve your family and strengthen your relationship with God. Our internationally-known and engaging speakers will deliver dynamic presentations unique to this event. Our speakers include: Father Robert Barron, Dr. Scott Hahn, Professor Helen Alvaré, and Dr. Greg and Mrs. Lisa Popcak. Interact with others about the joys and challenges in your life, while learning new strategies for a richer life!

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