A delegation of 40 Australians is heading to Ireland, for the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Source: The eRecord.
The Australian pilgrims will be accompanied by Armidale Bishop Michael Kennedy, who is the Bishop Delegate for the Family, and Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Terry Brady.
The meeting will take place from 21 to 26 August and is expected to be attended by some 37,000 people.
Ron and Mavis Pirola, who are part of the Australian group, have attended the past seven World Meeting of Families.
Mr Pirola hopes all participating families will experience confidence renewal in their family lives.
“It’s a chance to step outside of the usual rush of daily life to be reminded that marriage is a wonderful calling that is fulfilling and achievable,” Mr Pirola said.
“Also, behind the messiness of so-called ordinary family life, with all its ups and downs, there is extraordinary bonding and caring. And it’s where the faith can best be passed on and where God’s mercy can be most visible.”
Mrs Pirola pointed out that there are two things that we all can do to unite ourselves to this international event.
“One is to join in prayer with Pope Francis and with all participants. The other is to follow the discussion material of The Joy of Love,” she said.
“It’s a wonderful experience of the Universal Church.
“Being with a huge throng of people from all corners of the globe, with all their different cultural backgrounds, yet all enthusiastic and united in the one faith is wonderfully inspiring and encouraging.”
Initiated by St John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families occurs every three years. It will include a three-day pastoral congress, with daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, keynote speakers, workshops and exhibitions, followed by a family festival. An open-air Mass celebrated by Pope Francis will close the event on 26 August.