World Meeting of Families
World Meeting of Families was conceived by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1992 to look at strengthening the sacred bonds of the family unit across the globe. The first World Meeting of Families took place in Rome in 1994, the International Year of the Family.
Every three years since 1994, families from all over the world are invited by the Holy Father to attend this global gathering. At the conference, families share their thoughts, dialogue and prayers, working together to grow as individuals and family units. Families can participate in discussion groups on the Christian family’s role in the church and society, led by many distinguished speakers.
Our theme, “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive” was inspired by the early Church Father, St. Irenaeus, who wrote “the Glory of God is man fully alive.” The glory of men and women is their capacity to love as God loves – and no better means exists to teach the meaning of love than the family. His Holiness, Pope Francis also inspired the theme. He embodies the message of mercy, joy and love at the heart of the Gospel. – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
My Saint My Hero was excited to not only attend the World Meeting of Families but to be chosen as the designer of the official Pope Francis medal commemorating this amazing event of love, purpose, faith and prayer.
In order to prepare our hearts for the World Meeting of Families and the anticipated visit from Pope Francis to the United States, we as a team reflected on a catechism on family life entitled, Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive. Each week for ten weeks prior to the event we reflected on one chapter from this catechism. Follow on our blog. You can learn more about the World Meeting of Families at WorldMeeting2015.org.