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World Meeting of Families


The 9th World Meeting of Families will take place August 22-28, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. Families from all over the world will gather in Dublin for the 4-day celebration to share their lives and experiences from different parts of the world, reflect on challenges, and grow together in faith.

The first World Meeting of Families began in 1994 under Pope St. John Paul II, who sought to establish an international event featuring prayer, catechesis, and celebration that would bring families from around the world together in their faith. Since then, there has been a gathering every 3 years in a different international location.

For more information, contact Wayne Winter, Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization at 989.732.5147 or via email at

Pilgrimage to Ireland for the 2018 WMF

Join the Diocese of Gaylord for a pilgrimage to Ireland for the 2018 World Meeting of Families! This family-friendly pilgrimage will depart from Detroit on Sunday, August 19, and travel to religious and historical sites in Ireland before reaching Dublin for the World Meeting of Families. We will depart for Detroit on Tuesday, August 28.

Cost for the trip is $4,599* and includes round-trip airfare, registration and entrance to World Meeting of Families events, daily Mass, tips and gratuities for tour guides, land transportation via private deluxe motor coach, all listed entrance fees, lodging in 3 and 4 star hotels, breakfast daily, and 4 dinners.




Tour stops include:

  • 2 nights in Galway
  • 2 nights in Killarney
  • 4 nights in Dublin
  • Clonmacnoise - Monastic site chose by St. Kevin on the banks of the Shannon River
  • Knock Shrine - Ireland's most famous pilgrimage site, where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1879
  • Ballintubber Abbey - home of St. Patrick's Well, where he baptized converts and left an imprint of his knee on a stone that remains
  • Cliffs of Moher - a popular attraction on the Atlantic Coast
  • Bunratty Castle - a restored medieval fortress that includes the Bunratty Folk Park where visitors can immerse themselves in 19th century Irish life
  • The Ring of Kerry route that includes the Killarney National Park
  • Blarney Castle with an opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone

Daily Mass will be celebrated at the following locations (pending confirmation):

  • the Pope's Shelter at Clonmacnoise Monastery
  • the Apparition Chapel at Knock
  • St. Mary's Cathedral in Killarney
  • Holy Cross Abbey at Blarney Castle, which houses a relic of the True Cross

The World Meeting of Families includes the 3-day Congress, the Festival of Families Concert, and admittance to the Closing Mass.

* Cost is per person and based on 30 passengers. If the pilgrimage reaches more than 50, the price will drop to $4,399. A single-occupancy room is available for a supplement of $1,250 and is based on availability.