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World Meeting of Families

The World Meeting of Families has invited thousands of volunteers to join them for the once-in-a-generation event.

At least three thousand volunteers are needed to assist with the planning and organising of the ninth World Meeting of Families event which Pope Francis asked Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to host in Dublin in 2018.

This six-day festival of faith will take place from 21 to 26 August next year with the theme: “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.

In addition to the volunteer recruitment drive, a ‘Host a Pilgrim/Family’ programme has also been launched with the aim of hosting pilgrims in family-homes based in and around Dublin.

Volunteering for the World Meeting of Families:

To apply to become a WMOF2018 volunteer, whether to start with helping with the preparations in the run up to the event and/or during the five days of the event, please visit www.worldmeeting2018.ie/volunteer. Becoming a volunteer will include a formal online volunteer application, a training programme, as well as Garda vetting and screening process in line with WMOF2018 safeguarding policies. Volunteers must be resident in Ireland, over 18 years of age and re

spectful of the Catholic ethos of the event. Volunteers will also assist at related preparatory events which will take place around the country.

Host A Pilgrim/Family Programme:

A tradition of hosting pilgrims has grown around the World Meeting of Families over the years. Individuals and families from countries such as Peru, Ecuador, the Philippines, Bangladesh face significant costs if they wish to attend the World Meeting of Families in Ireland. These countries have had an Irish missionary presence in the past and some continue to do so today. World Meeting of Families 2018 is now actively seeking offers to provide accommodation for overseas pilgrims in family homes based in Dublin and in the greater Dublin area, and particularly in locations which are close to direct bus or rail links to the city centre. Applicants interested in hosting pilgrim, or a family, in their home, are invited to email volunteer@worldmeeting2018.ie and please insert “Host a Family” in the subject field.

For more on the World Meeting of Families 2018 see www.worldmeeting2018.ie

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