WMOF 2018 - Latest Information - UPDATED 22nd June 2018

The latest information and links about the WMOF 2018 on Registration, Tickets, Volunteering, Events and Times, Fundraising and Sponsorship...


Apostolic journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Ireland on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin 25-26 August 2018

Saturday 25 August 2018

08:15 Departure by plane from Rome/Fiumicino for Dublin 

10:30 Arrival at Dublin International Airport OFFICIAL WELCOME 

10:45 Transfer to Áras an Uachtaráin 

11:15 Arrival at the Presidential Residence WELCOME CEREMONY in front of the main entrance of the Residence 

11:30 COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Presidential Residence 

12:00 Transfer to Dublin Castle 

12:10 Arrival at Dublin Castle MEETING WITH AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY AND DIPLOMATIC CORPS in Dublin CastleSpeech of the Holy Father

15:30 Arrival at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral VISIT to the CATHEDRALGreeting of the Holy Father

16:15 Transfer to the Day Centre of the Capuchin Fathers 


19:30 Arrival at Croke Park Stadium 

19:45 FEAST OF FAMILIES in Croke Park StadiumSpeech of the Holy Father 

Sunday 26 August 2018

08:40 Departure by plane for Knock 09:20Arrival at the Airport in KnockImmediate transfer to the Shrine 

09:45 Arrival at Knock Shrine VISIT to the CHAPEL of Knock Shrine ANGELUS on the square in front of the Shrine - Angelus of the Holy Father

10:45 Transfer to the airport in Knock 

11:10 Arrival at the airport in Knock 

11:15 Departure by plane for Dublin 

11:50 Arrival at Dublin International Airport Lunch with the Papal Delegation 

14:30 Arrival at Phoenix Park 

15:00 HOLY MASS in Phoenix ParkHomily of the Holy Father MEETING WITH THE BISHOPS in the Convent of the Dominican SistersSpeech of the Holy Father

18:30 Arrival at Dublin International Airport FAREWELL CEREMONY 

18:45 Departure by plane for Roma/Ciampino 

23:00 Arrival at the Airport of Roma/Ciampino


Registrations and Ticketing

Knock & Phoenix Park - Tickets:

It will not be possible to attend both venues on Sunday 26 August due to the timing of these events.

There will be no admission to either of these venues on the day without a ticket – all adults and children attending these events will need to have a ticket in advance. Tickets will be free and will be available to book from Monday 25th June on www.worldmeeting2018.ie.

At the time of booking there will be an invitation to make a voluntary contribution to the WMOF2018 to offset the costs of the event. This is optional and will have no impact on a person's ability to access a ticket.

The World Meeting of Families 2018 is open to all. It is expected that many families, parish and diocesan groups will attend this historic event and will offer support to members of their group with accessibility requirements. There is an application process in place for those with accessibility requirements. [See FAQs for more information]

Tickets: Knock Shrine

Pope Francis will visit Knock Shrine on the morning of Sunday 26th August to pray for families and the WMOF2018. He will arrive to Knock Shrine at 9.45am where he will visit the Apparition Chapel and then give the Angelus address on the square in front of the Shrine. He will depart the Shrine at 10.45am.

There will be a capacity of 45,000 for Knock Shrine. Tickets for Knock will only be available through the online booking system on www.worldmeeting2018.ie.

Tickets for the Knock Shrine event will be printed and posted by 31 July to all those who have successfully booked via the website.

Those booking tickets must give an email address and details of where they will be travelling from on the morning of the event. This information will be used to inform the overall transport plan for the area on 26 August.

Tickets: Phoenix Park Closing Mass

The Closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families 2018 will take place at the Papal Cross in the heart of the Phoenix Park in Dublin on the afternoon of Sunday 26th August. The Mass will begin at 3.00pm.

The WMOF2018 will issue 500,000 tickets for the Mass in Phoenix Park. These tickets will only be available through the online application system on www.worldmeeting2018.ie.

Tickets for Phoenix Park will be issued by email as a 'print at home' ticket by 31 July. The tickets for Phoenix Park can only be offered in this format because it would be cost prohibitive to print and post this number of tickets due to the size and scale of the event.

Phoenix Park is one of the public city parks in Europe at 1,750 acres. Given the scale of this event and the strict Traffic Management plan that will be in operation, all routes into the park will be assigned to ticket holders in advance and will be colour coded. Each ticket will give you access via a single route and gate and ticket holders will not be permitted to change gate on the day. The gate used by a ticket holder to enter the Park will also be the one they use at the time of exiting the Phoenix Park at the end of the Mass.

Parish groups are invited to register for tickets for the WMOF2018 Closing Mass and for a parking slot for their hired private coach/bus. Parish group bookings need to be completed by a designated 'Parish Leader'. All parish bookings will be verified with the parish and with the private coach or bus operator. Those travelling on the coach do not need to book separately for other tickets.

Plan your journey and mode of transport for Sunday 26 August

To assist all those interested in attending these events, new information has been published today by various agencies of the State regarding transport options available for both Knock Shrine and Phoenix Park. Transportation is a key aspect to these events, especially for the Phoenix Park Mass as it will inform attendees their assigned route to follow. We would ask all those planning to book a ticket to please read this helpful information: www.gov.ie/popeinireland

Partnership with tickets.ie

The World Meeting of Families is partnering with tickets.ie to provide the online ticket service for the WMOF2018 events. Tickets.ie are an Irish owned company who handle ticketing for thousands of events annually.

Info Posted on June 3rd 2018:

RDS Pastoral Congress – GOOD NEWS!

-Registrations are going extremely well with almost 30,000 already registered. This is the largest of any WMOF.

-Of these almost 6,000 are 18 years old and under. The largest of any WMOF and the reason for an enhanced Teen & Children's programme.

-More than a quarter are couples aged from 29-40. Young families are clearly registering for the event.

-Over 11,000 of those registered are international. The largest of any WMOF. 103 countries are represented.

-People need to register soon, if they wish to attend the RDS. Organisers may have to close registration in advance of the event because of demand.

-There are already 5,500 volunteers with one day volunteers still needed for the Mass in Phoenix Park.

We no longer have the option for people to book a single day registration for the Friday (24th) in the RDS. This is due to the high numbers of registrations that we have for the Friday and that are continuing to come in. While we are very close to reaching capacity on the Friday, we can still offer people the option for the Friday as long as it is part of a booking for the full three days. There is also the possibility that we will have to close off one day only registration very soon for the Wednesday and the Thursday.

In light of the above numbers, it is important to encourage those whom you know wish to go to the RDS event to make their booking as soon as possible since there is every possibility that we will reach capacity for the RDS before the event begins in August.

Croke Park & Phoenix Park

Details of tickets for Croke Park and Phoenix Park are still being worked on. Tickets for the Festival of Families and the Closing Mass will be allocated to those who have requested them at the time of their RDS Pastoral Congress booking.

For Croke Park, as proposed at the March meeting of the ICBC, an allocation for each parish will be made so that at least one family from each parish in the country can be present. Details about the distribution of remaining tickets for Croke Park will issue shortly.

The distribution of remaining tickets for the Closing Mass is still being worked on in consultation with the statutory authorities and as we await final confirmation of the papal itinerary.

Those asking about tickets should be reminded for the next couple of weeks that they can avail of their free ticket now for the Festival of Families and Closing Mass if they book for one day [Wed and Thurs] or three days at the WMOF2018 Pastoral Congress.


There are already 5,500 volunteers with one day volunteers still needed for the Mass in Phoenix Park.

But, we will need up to 10,000 volunteers around the events in August. While we did set a deadline of 31 May for those who wish to sign up, we are still looking for more volunteers. 

We are asking dioceses to continue to give as much promotion as possible to volunteering during June.

Here is the link for everything to do with volunteeringhttps://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Get-Involved/Volunteer

We are sharing a lot of volunteer content across all our platforms and we will have a new video across social media over the weekend which shows how simple it is to sign up as a volunteer for WMOF2018. Please feel free to take any of the content that you need for websites and social media.

We have also shared a new video on Facebook showing how quick and painless it is for people to sign up as a volunteer and to begin the process of Garda Vetting.

Host a Family/Pilgrim

We have had a really good response to our request for people to open their homes to host a family or an individual pilgrim during the WMOF2018 events. We have had 1,800 requests from individuals/families who would like to be hosted in a home from home experience here in Ireland. We are nearly at that number in terms of matching these requests but we are still looking for host families. You can find out more about the programme on the website.

Local events in dioceses on Tuesday 21 August

We are now looking for information from dioceses on what's planned locally for the Opening of the WMOF2018 on Tuesday 21 August. We know that there will be a Solemn evening Prayer in each diocese, but we would like to have more information on what's planned so as we can include it on our website and in media information closer to the time in August.

I would be grateful if you could let me know the following:

  • What's planned in your diocese to mark the opening of WMOF2018 on 21stAugust?
  • Will there be an event before the Evening Prayer or something taking place after it?
  • Will your Evening Prayer be solely in the Cathedral or in multiple venues?
  • Are there any special venues you are using that might be of interest to us for video and photos?
  • Any other information that you can provide?

WMOF2018 Pray-A-Thon

We would be grateful for any promotion that you can give to the WMOF2018 PRAY-A-THON. The PRAY-A-THON has been designed to reach out to family members/friends and pray for them and any special intentions they might have. Similar to the aim of read-a-thons, which foster the habit of regular reading, the Pray-A-Thon can encourage children in the practice of praying within the family home. Easily downloadable from the WMOF2018 website, the prayer card can be printed by schools, parishes or parents, and given to children to fold into a booklet, bring home and fill in individually. The card has space for up to 20 names for whom they will pray on each day of their Pray-A-Thon. Children are invited to pray using the words "please, thank you and I am sorry" that Pope Francis encourages us to use within our family life. On the last day, the children pray for family members or friends that have died as well as for families around the world in need.

Find out more on our website here https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Resources/Pray-a-Thon

Fourth National Collection – weekend of 16 & 17 June 2018

Dioceses should now have received a new suite of resources for use in parishes and online in relation to the Fourth National Collection. We are also planning a creative media campaign to raise awareness about supporting WMOF2018 in advance of the next collection. This will include a radio and newspaper campaign which we are working on at the moment.

Humans of World Meeting of Families 2018 – new Facebook page

With this year's World Meeting of Families being hosted in Ireland, a new Facebook page has been set up to capture and catalogue family stories. The Facebook page is featuring stories and anecdotes about family life, past and present, from WMOF2018 staff, volunteers, diocesan and parish participants as well as those preparing to travel to WMOF2018 from other countries. These stories are linked by the theme of faith and are proving really popular on social media. These stories are human interest and are available to share from the Facebook Page 'Humans of World Meeting of Families 2018'. They feature volunteers, staff, delegates, families and individuals connected with the WMOF2018. Please feel free to take these and to share them.

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