Come to the World Meeting of Families Congress! September 22-25, 2015

There is something for everyone: Compelling content for adults; fun faith formation for young people ages 6-high school graduate. Daycare is also available.

“It is very important to reaffirm the family, which remains the essential cell of society.”
-Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2013

Our Speakers:
Check out our inspiring 2015 speakers – internationally known and engaging! Please note that this list does not include all of the information that will be available in the final program. Especially significant is that many of these presentations will be available in other languages. Every session in the Adult Congress, both Keynote and Breakout events, currently includes presentations in one of the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Other languages will be added as registration shows a need.
Keynote Speakers:
Father Robert Barron
Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley O.F.M. Cap.
Professor Helen Alvaré
Dr. Juan Francisco de la Guardia Brin & Gabriela N. de la Guardia
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Cardinal Robert Sarah

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All customers – regular riders & visitors – must pre-purchase special one day passes to ride Regional Rail September 26 & 27. Pass quantities limited. If you plan on using the Regional Rail during the weekend of September 26-27 during Pope Francis’ visit, you must purchase a One Day Regional Rail Pass through SEPTA. These passes are on sale now. SEPTA will be selling a limited number of these tickets for each station. You are encouraged to buy your tickets, if needed, as soon as possible. Tickets will cost $10 and will be valid for one passenger. Note that only 18 outlying Regional Rail stations of the 150 will be operating during the weekend. One of these is Pennbrook Station in Lansdale. To learn more about the passes, please visit
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In anticipation of the upcoming visit of his Holiness Pope Francis to Philadelphia in late September, Lansdale Borough officials share this information with community members to ensure safe and efficient travel for all. The Pennbrook and Fort Washington stations will be the only stations on SEPTA’s R-5 line running direct (non-stop) express trains into the city. As a result, we anticipate extremely large crowds descending on that area of the Borough from local counties as well as out of state regions. On both September 26 and 27 parking will be scarce for personal vehicles. Be aware that there will be large lines and long waits at the train station. Tickets will not be sold on the days of travel and can only be purchased online. No one without a ticket will be permitted to board.

What is the World Meeting of Families?
By now most have heard the news that at midday, 3 June 2012, after having celebrated Mass in the presence of almost one million faithful in Milan and before praying the Angelus, the Holy Father announced that the eighth World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia, U.S.A. in the year 2015. “I send my warm greetings to Archbishop Charles Chaput”, he said, “and to the Catholics of that great city, and look forward to meeting them there along with numerous families from all around the world” (from the Vatican News Service, 6/3/12).
This will be only the second time in Philadelphia’s history that the Pope visits the Archdiocese. The first was the memorable stop in 1979 when Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass over a specially constructed altar in Logan Circle at which over a million people were present. Now Pope Benedict is proposing a return for the World Meeting of Families.
The first World Meeting of Families was held in Rome and other countries in 1994, the “Year of the Family” jointly declared by Pope John Paul II and the United Nations. Subsequent  meetings took place in Rio de Janeiro (1997), Rome (2000), Manila (2003), Valencia (2006), Mexico City (2009), and Milan (2012). The meetings in Philadelphia will be the 8th time groups meet to discuss the important place of the family in society. Each meeting has a theme (e.g., the 2009 theme was The family, teacher of human and Christian values). It will be attended by cardinals, bishops and delegations of families from all continents. The Holy Father or his designated pontifical legate also attends.
Traditionally at these world meetings, the main celebrations will be preceded by a theological-pastoral congress which is connected to the theme. Public celebrations – which draw many thousands of people – are presided over by the Pope or his legate.
The Church is making great efforts of evangelization, supporting Christian families in their values and encouraging a wide-ranging strategy to promote and defend life from conception to natural death. The Meeting of Families is one initiative that supports and defends traditional family life.