It is Never Enough Until We Give It Away

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – July 26, 2015

Jesusfeedsthemultitudes5loves2fishToday’s Old Testament reading from 2 Kings 4:42-44 is a fitting prelude to John’s version of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (6:1-21). The author of Kings tells us about one of Elisha’s servants who doubts that 20 loaves of barley is enough to feed 100 people. Elisha, however, trusts the promise of the Lord and overrules his servant. The miracle vindicates Elisha’s trust. The numbers fed are modest in comparison with the feeding of the 5,000 in John’s Gospel!

Bread is a symbol of the person and work of Jesus in John’s great Eucharistic teaching in Chapter 6, and this Eucharistic theme continues over the next four weeks of Scripture readings. Today’s Gospel is John’s marvelous story of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. The various accounts of the multiplication of loaves and fishes, two each in Mark and in Matthew and one each in Luke and in John, indicate the wide interest of the early Church in their Eucharistic gatherings (e.g., Mark 6:41; 8:6; 14:22); and recall also the sign of bread in Exodus 16; Deuteronomy 8:3-16; Psalm 78:24-25; 105:40; Wisdom 16:20-21. The miraculous event, recounted by the four evangelists, points forward to the idea of life in God’s kingdom as a banquet at which the Messiah will preside.

Unique perspectives

Mark’s readers saw this incident as an anticipation of the Last Supper (14:22) and the messianic banquet, both of which were celebrated in the community’s Eucharists.

Matthew’s addition of the number of people present and fed is significant, because the total figure could well have come to 20,000 or 30,000 people and the miracle is repeated again in 15:38. The sheer numbers of those fed give the feeding stories a distinct social character.

Luke links his feeding account with Jesus’ prediction of his passion and his instructions about bearing one’s cross daily (9:18-27). To celebrate the Eucharist in memory of Jesus (22:19) is to share not only his mission (9:1-6) but also his dedication and destiny, symbolized by the cross (9:18-27). The Eucharist is part of a journey in Luke’s Gospel, nourishing and strengthening us for continuing faithfully in our way of life.

Johannine details

John’s multiplication story is a central part of Jesus’ important teaching on the Bread of Life (6:1-15). This story is immediately followed by Jesus’ walking on water. John’s multiplication story has been expanded in the introduction by the addition of 1) the vague chronological marker “after these things”; 2) the specification of the place, Lake of Tiberias. This is also the place of the appearance of the risen Lord in John 21:1; 3) the motivation for the crowd — they have seen Jesus’ healings (signs); 4) the reference to the impending “Passover of the Jews.”

As in other Johannine miracle stories, the initiative for this miracle clearly lies with Jesus. Philip does not perceive that Jesus’ question is an appeal to his faith and simply refers to the amount of money required. Jesus teases Philip to have bigger dreams and better hopes rather than to reduce them down to reality. In verses 14-15, the crowds respond correctly that Jesus is the messianic prophet, but misunderstand what they are really saying. The true nature of Jesus’ kingship, which is not that of a national liberator, will only be revealed at his trial (18:33-37; 19:12-15).

One unique Johannine touch is the role of the young boy in this miracle story. What human reason did not dare to hope became a reality with Jesus thanks to a young boy’s generous heart.

Living bread

The multiplication of the loaves is an enduring image of the Eucharist. Jesus wanted to use this humble gift of a few loaves and fishes to feed a multitude, and more (12 baskets were left!). Logic and human reason often say to us, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish.” But Jesus asks that even such meager provisions as these, together with the trust and generosity of disciples of every age, be stretched to their limits. “Let’s see. It will never be enough until we start to give it away.”

For the believer, Jesus is much more than a miracle worker; he himself is heavenly food. The believer will never again experience hunger or thirst. As bread sustains life, Jesus will sustain all who approach him in faith. To acknowledge Jesus as the living bread is the ultimate expression of God’s love in Christ’s death and glorification.

Prolonging the miracle

Whenever I read the miracle stories of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, I recall these stirring words from Pope John Paul II’s 1998 Apostolic Letter “Dies Domini” — On Keeping the Lord’s Day (No. 71). These words illustrate what lies at the heart of today’s miracle of the loaves and fishes and challenge each of us about our duties to truly put the Eucharist into practice in daily life:

“The teachings of the Apostles struck a sympathetic chord from the earliest centuries, and evoked strong echoes in the preaching of the Fathers of the Church.

“St. Ambrose addressed words of fire to the rich who presumed to fulfill their religious obligations by attending church without sharing their goods with the poor, and who perhaps even exploited them: ‘You who are rich, do you hear what the Lord God says? Yet you come into church not to give to the poor but to take instead.’

“St. John Chrysostom is no less demanding: ‘Do you wish to honor the body of Christ? Do not ignore him when he is naked. Do not pay him homage in the temple clad in silk only then to neglect him outside where he suffers cold and nakedness. He who said: ‘This is my body’ is the same One who said: ‘You saw me hungry and you gave me no food,’ and ‘Whatever you did to the least of my brothers you did also to me’ … What good is it if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden chalices, when he is dying of hunger? Start by satisfying his hunger, and then with what is left you may adorn the altar as well.’

“These words effectively remind the Christian community of the duty to make the Eucharist the place where fraternity becomes practical solidarity, where the last are the first in the minds and attentions of the brethren, where Christ himself — through the generous gifts from the rich to the very poor — may somehow prolong in time the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves.”

Questions for reflection

What does Jesus’ Eucharistic presence mean for us? Does our participation in the weekly and daily celebrations of the Lord’s meal transform us into people of gratitude, loving kindness, justice and charity? In what ways does the Eucharist symbolize the life we are living and our life symbolize the Eucharist? How do we express gratitude? Is the Eucharist giving direction to our life?

Do we not often wonder where we shall get the means to accomplish what seems good and necessary? Today’s miracle reveals the extraordinary resources of life within each of us. In order to sustain our hopes, we must believe in miracles. We must feast on the Body and Blood of the Lord for our real energy and life.

[The readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time are: 2 Kings 4:42-44; Ephesians 4:1-6; and John 6:1-15]


Pope Francis Releases 2nd Papal Encyclical “Lauto Sii’ on the Care of our Common Home. View a Summary here.

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Sii” (Praised Be), a line from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of Creatures,” was released June 18, the Vatican press office announced. “Laudato sii” is the introductory phrase to eight verses of St. Francis of Assisi’s famous prayer thanking God for the gifts of creation.
“Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is the day, and through whom you give us light,” one of the first lines says.
The prayer also praises God for the gifts of “Sister Moon,” “Brother Wind,” “Sister Water,” “Brother Fire” and “Sister Mother Earth.

5 things to know about Pope Francis’ visit to Philly


Pope Francis attends the Ordinary Public Consistory at St. Peter's Basilica on February 14, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis’ two-day stop in Philadelphia may garner more attention in the city than the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

It seems the city is preparing for more than just a visit — it’s more like an invasion. The budget is $45 million, according to Fox News. And Mayor Michael Nutter told Vatican Radio that he anticipates approximately 1-1.5 million people, which is double the city’s population.

“We’re ready,” he said.

The papal visit comes as part of the World Meeting of Families, an event started by Saint John Paul II in 1994 to “strengthen the sacred bond of families across the globe,” according to its website. It will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City from Sept. 22-27, 2015. The Holy Father will arrive at the end of the week — Sept. 26-27 — for the closing event: the Festival of Families.

This is projected to be one of the largest events in the city in the original capital of the U.S. If you are planning on attending the event, here are a few things you need to know:

1. You’re going to be doing a lot of walking.

If you work in South Philadelphia and usually take the train there, forget about it. Philadelphia Magazine reported that SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system, will be “drastically modified” on Sept. 26 and 27.

SEPTA Service Map (subject to change) (Photo courtesy of SEPTA)

Thirty one of SEPTA’s 282 subway, Regional Rail and light rail stations will be in service that weekend. You’ll need a special $10 pass to ride the Regional Rail straight from the ‘burbs to Center City. Passes are limited and only sold in advance. Regular passes and tokens are still good for the subway, trolley and buses. The bus system will be running on a weekday schedule, meaning buses will run a little more frequently. Bottom line: Don’t drive, wear your tennis shoes and look up the bus schedule. For more information, visit SEPTA’s website.

2. There may be drama.

According to NPR, Philadelphia auxiliary bishop John McIntyre said a University of Notre Dame staff member will discuss his sexual orientation at a panel discussion on Sept. 24 before the open-air mass.

“We hope that everyone feels welcome to come, and certainly people who have experienced same-sex attraction are certainly welcome like anybody else,” Archbishop Charles Chaput told NPR. But he added: “We don’t want to provide a platform at the meeting for people to lobby for positions contrary to the life of our church.”

3. Now is your time to go camping in the city.

Philadelphia prohibits camping in any of its parks. But in light of the big guy’s visit, that’s might change. The city may decide to allow camping in its parks, save for federally controlled areas like Independence Park. No final decision has been made, so don’t start packing your tent quite yet.

4. There’s a Pope-themed bar crawl.

Yes, you read that right. On the morning of the Pope’s arrival, there will be a bar crawl following his city-wide tour. More than 4,000 people have RSVP’d to the Facebook event. Shirts are being made for the crawl through a Gofundme page and all proceeds benefit Philabundance, the area’s largest hunger relief organization.

“The scandal that millions of people suffer from hunger must not paralyze us, but push each and every one of us to act; singles, families, communities, institutions, governments, to eliminate this injustice,” Pope Francis said in a speech at St. Peter’s Square in December 2013.

The organizer of the event, Matt Stehman, posted on Facebook that the “event was not intended to poke fun at the Catholic Church, the pope or any of their followers. This event was created to celebrate the arrival of a world leader who, in my opinion, is a great role model for all of humanity, regardless of religion.”

5. Think twice about where to stay.

Hotels have been booked for months and rumors have been flying about the rush of demand for housing. People hoping to rent their homes in the city for a big chunk of change seem to be disappointed.

In January, Brent Rovner created Popedelphia.com, a hub for information on the Pope’s itinerary and listings for homeowners and interested visitors. Newsworks reported that the city legalized short-term home rentals with taxes like hotel rooms, with some rentals hitting $16,000. But many of these homeowners are not seeing any takers. The problem is the World Meeting of Families is offering cheaper options like a host program — sometimes with free lodging — according to Newsworks. The demand, some are saying, might not be there.

Still, the preparations surrounding the papal visit in Philly continues to grow with time. By September, the city’s population will double and the Pope will be in Philly, bringing all of the commotion to a head.

Emily Rolen is a student at Temple University and a summer 2015 USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent.


Pope Francis’ Itinerary for Historic Visit to Philadelphia Officially Released by the Vatican

In addition to the Festival of Families and Papal Mass, the Holy Father will deliver an address at Independence Hall and visit inmates at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility among other activities as part of an expansive two-day visit

Philadelphia, PA (June 30, 2015) –Today, the Vatican released the comprehensive itinerary for Pope Francis’ journey to the United States, including his schedule for Philadelphia on September 26-27, which will close the 6-day Apostolic Journey. Confirmed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, Pope Francis will take part in eight public (8) events in the City of Brotherly Love and sisterly Affection, in addition to his arrival at/departure from Atlantic Aviation.

The following reflects the chronological order of confirmed Papal events for Philadelphia.

Saturday, September 26


Private Arrival: Atlantic Aviation

The Cathedral Mass with Pope Francis: The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul


Greeting of the Holy Father by the Seminarians of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary:

Exterior Front Steps of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

“We Hold These Truths… :” Independence Hall (Outdoor; Overlooking Independence Mall)

o Address by Pope Francis (Expected Themes: Religious Liberty and Immigration)


The Festival of Families: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Sunday, September 27


Address to Cardinals + Bishops attending World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015:

Saint Martin’s Chapel at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Visit with Prisoners and Select Families:

Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility


The Papal Mass: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Projected: 4 p.m. EST)


A Celebration of World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Supporters + Volunteers:

Atlantic Aviation

Official Departure Ceremony: Atlantic Aviation

Decisions regarding which events will require passes are still to be determined. The Festival of Families (Saturday,

September 26) and the Papal Mass (Sunday, September 27) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are open to the public.

“Pope Francis’ plans for his visit to Philadelphia seamlessly integrate powerful public moments with more intimate gatherings that are deeply grace filled,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. “It is an itinerary that says, ‘I walk with you – and so does the Lord.’ It says, ‘Embrace your faith and embrace one another as children of God.’ It says, ‘God forgives.’ And it says ‘Come together in celebration.’ The Holy Father’s planned itinerary is a true gift to all of us in the Philadelphia regardless of faith tradition. I am confident we will leave a positive and lasting impression upon Pope Francis and keep the spirit of his visit in our hearts as we seek constantly to build a better society. ”

The below provides a brief overview of the key sites selected for Papal events/moments in Philadelphia:

Atlantic Aviation

Atlantic Aviation is a fixed-base operator which has been granted the right by the Philadelphia International Airport to serve private, corporate and general aviation aircrafts on the airport’s premises. It is where Air Force One and Air Force Two land when the President and/or Vice President visit Philadelphia.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Considered Pennsylvania’s largest cathedral, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul serves as the mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as it houses the chair or “cathedra” of the Archbishop. Additionally, the Cathedral is the largest and most architecturally-eminent structure brownstone in the City of Philadelphia with its Roman-Corinthian style, majestic facade, vaulted dome, eight (8) impressive side chapels and main sanctuary. It was designed by Napoleon LeBrun, known for his work on the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and John Notman, designer of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Modeled after the Lombard Church of Saint Charles (San Carlo al Corso) in Rome, the cathedral is central to the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The great dome is a recognizable sign of this religious landmark among the many civic ones on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Completed in 1864, the Cathedral Basilica seats approximately 1,500 people.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, established in 1832 by Philadelphia’s third Bishop, is the oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It has served as a leading institution in the formation of Catholic men for the Priesthood in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and dioceses throughout the country for more than 180 years. As a center of enrichment for the larger Church community, Saint Charles provides ongoing academic and pastoral programs to priests, deacons, religious and lay men and women through the School of Diaconal Studies and the Graduate School of Theology. Past dignitary visitors include four future Popes: Pius XII as Cardinal Pacelli, Paul VI as Cardinal Montini, John Paul II, twice as Cardinal Wojtyla and a third time as Pope, and Benedict XVI as Cardinal Ratzinger. Additional visitors who have received honorary degrees at Saint Charles include Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Mother Angelica, and Avery Cardinal Dulles.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall is the centerpiece of Independence National Historic Park in Center City Philadelphia. The United States of America was born within the walls of Independence Hall, as it is the location where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. In 1787, the Constitution of the United States, which forms the framework for our government, was signed in the very same building. Independence Hall is a fundamental icon of United States history. It is the home of America’s universal principles of human dignity, religious freedom and democracy.

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Inspired by Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a breathtaking  boulevard that runs through the cultural heart of Philadelphia. Stretching from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a scenic, tree-lined boulevard flanked by some of Philadelphia’s most acclaimed tourist destinations, leading the way to a cultural mecca of world-class museums and educational institutions. The Parkway also provides access to Fairmount Park, consisting of 63 parks across 9,200 acres. Fountains, small parks, statues and monuments all give the Parkway its own special characteristic, unique to the City of Brotherly Love.

The Chapel of Saint Martin of Tours at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

The facade of Saint Martin’s Chapel is modeled after the Church of Santa Maria della Pace in Rome. The spiritual home of the College Division since its opening in 1928, Saint Martin’s features a four-manual Moller pipe organ with over 2,500 pipes. It was donated by Albert Greenfield, a prominent Philadelphian and friend of Cardinal Dennis Dougherty. Behind the altar are paintings depicting the life of Saint Martin of Tours, the 4th-century Roman soldier-turned-bishop. Pope John Paul II, during his visit to Philadelphia in 1979, met with the seminarians of Saint Charles in Saint Martin’s Chapel.

Curran-Fromhold Correctional Center

Opening in 1995, Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF) is the largest Philadelphia Prison System facility. The prison was named in honor of Warden Patrick Curran and Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold, who were killed at Philadelphia’s Holmesburg prison in the line of duty in 1973. The 25-acre prison consists of four (4) housing buildings and processes nearly 30,000 males annually.

We are exceptionally grateful for the Holy Father’s plans for Philadelphia as they are reflective of his pastoral priorities as well as Philadelphia’s identity as the birthplace of religious freedom and a city of neighborhoods built by diverse immigrant communities,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. “With his itinerary announced, we can now finalize our own planning knowing the places that Pope Francis wishes to visit and the themes upon which he wishes to touch. We have every confidence that this visit move us all in ways we cannot yet imagine.”








PHILADELPHIA (June 5, 2015) The Franklin Institute, the most-visited museum in Pennsylvania, has announced plans to host the exclusive East Coast destination of Vatican Splendors, beginning September 19. The exhibition, timed to take place during the historic Papal Visit (September 26-27) and the 2015 World Meeting of Families Congress in Philadelphia (September 22-25), explores the historical and cultural impact of the Vatican over the span of 2,000 years through significantly relevant objects straight from the Vatican in Rome, Italy. Every object in the exhibition tells its own story, together forming a great historical mosaic of the Vatican—and many of the artifacts have never before been on public view at the Vatican in Rome.

Highlights of the nearly 10,000 square-foot exhibition include artwork by Michelangelo, including signed documents and a rarely seen bas relief sculpture, and tools used in work on the Sistine Chapel and Basilica of Saint Peter’s; works by masters including Bernini and Guercino, artwork dating back to the first century, venerated remains (bone fragments) of Saints Peter and Paul, relics discovered at the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul, and historical objects from the modern and ancient basilicas of Saint Peter’s in Rome.

The exhibition is organized into 11 galleries that illustrate the evolution of the Church, with thematic areas highlighting important developments, people and events tied to the history of the Vatican, reflected in both important historical objects and artistic expression from different eras. The objects are presented in galleries and recreated environments designed to enhance the understanding of their historical and artistic significance. Visitors will feel transported to the Vatican, from the underground catacombs where the remains of Saint Peter were discovered to the magnificent papal chambers found above ground. From the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica to a touchable cast of Saint John Paul II’s hand, the exhibition is a multi-sensory experience.

“There could not be a more fitting exhibition to bring to Philadelphia this fall than Vatican Splendors,” explains Larry Dubinski, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute. “Hosting an exhibit of this caliber during such a momentous time for Philadelphia and the world is truly remarkable and for anyone participating in the World Meeting of Families or the Papal Visit and mass, Vatican Splendors will unquestionably add an unforgettable layer to that once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for the exhibition, the first of a two-city North American tour, after which the items will return to the Vatican, from which they cannot be absent for more than a year. The collection of priceless artifacts will be housed in the climate-controlled exhibit gallery in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion at The Franklin Institute.

“What an extraordinary opportunity for all those who will be in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to experience Vatican Splendors at The Franklin Institute,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. “The exquisite art work, relics and artifacts that will travel here from Rome are a perfect complement to the events of the week, especially in providing families from across the region and around the world with a wonderful way to create memories during this special time in the City.”

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter said, “Philadelphia is the big city for big events—and bigexhibitions, and there are few greater or more meaningful in content than Vatican Splendors. Having had the opportunity to personally experience the Vatican Museum in March 2014, I am thrilled to welcome to Philadelphia this exhibit, which features many of the same precious objects I saw in Vatican City. Making this exhibit open and available to the public immediately before we host the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis is a wonderful way to prepare for that event and make it even more accessible to everyone.”

Vatican Splendors is organized and circulated in conjunction with the Congregazione per l’Evangelizzazione dei Popoli of the Vatican City State. Items in the collection—which include mosaics, frescoes, paintings by Renaissance masters, works by well-known sculptors, intricately embroidered silk vestments, precious objects from the Papal Mass, uniforms of the Papal Swiss Guard, historical maps and documents and relics are on loan from The Reverenda Fabbrica of Saint Peter, the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, the Vatican Library, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Apostolic Floreria, the Papal Swiss Guard, the Vatican Museums, and private collections. The exhibition is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions

Vatican Splendors will be open Thursday through Saturday from 9:30am- 9pm, with last exhibit entry at 7:30pm; Sunday through Wednesday from 9:30am-5pm, with last exhibit entry at 3:30pm. Tickets are now on sale.


Vatican Splendors

September 19, 2015-February 15, 2016

Daytime Tickets (Includes General Admission to The Franklin Institute)

Adults $34.95; Children (ages 3-11) $28.95

Evening Tickets (5pm-close)

Adults: $22.95; Children (ages 3-11) $14.95

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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!


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.




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!

Click here to view the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

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