Volunteer for World Meeting of Families

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The World Meeting of Families has launched its Volunteer call to recruit several thousand volunteers to assist in the organising and running the largest gathering of families in the world, which will take place in Dublin from 21 to 26 August 2018. The Programme Host a Pilgrim/Family has also been launched seeking families to host pilgrims in their homes.

“WMOF2018 is encouraging everyone as individuals and groups to come along get involved and join us as a volunteer for what will be one of the biggest events of 2018 in Ireland”, said Fr Tim Bartlett, Secretary General for World Meeting of Families 2018. “And this volunteering experience is all the more rich and appropriate as it is in the family that we all first learn to help each other”.

WMOF2018 is looking for a diverse mix of people with various skills and experiences to ensure the success of this event. Volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of roles, such as ushers and stewards, hospitality, information, music, liturgy, medical services, pastoral, translators, administration, transport, photographers, bloggers, media support, logistics, programming support, among  others.

The application process for volunteers is now open. Volunteers are needed to help with the preparations in the run up to the event and also for the five days of the event. This includes a formal online Volunteer application, a training program, as well as Garda vetting and screening process in line with WMOF2018 safeguarding policies. The online application form is now live on www.worldmeeting2018.ie/volunteer

Applicants to volunteer must be residents of the island of Ireland at the time of application. They must be over 18 years of age as of 1st January 2018 , be available to volunteer for a minimum of four consecutive days between 18th and 29th August 2018 and be sensitive and respectful of the Catholic ethos of the event. Volunteers can also help on the lead up to the event in the main offices and in various preparatory events taking place around Ireland.


Host A Pilgrim/Family Programme

Over the years, a tradition of hosting pilgrims has grown around the World Meeting of Families. Individuals and families from places like Peru, Ecuador, the Philippines, Bangladesh and many others travelling from distant places, face quite significant costs to attend World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland. Yet, their presence here is an important expression of solidarity with us, coming as they do from countries which have a strong missionary connection with Ireland.

World Meeting of Families 2018 is  now actively seeking offers of accommodation for overseas pilgrims in family homes in the Dublin area, and particularly in areas which have good bus or rail links to the City Centre.

Applicants interested in hosting pilgrims or a family in their home, are invited to email volunteer@worldmeeting2018.ie with “Host a Family” in the subject line.

To find out more information on volunteering for WMOF2018, please visit www.worldmeeting2018.ie/volunteer


  • The World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin from 21 to 26 August 2018.


  • Pope Francis chose Dublin to host the World Meeting of Families 2018 and gave it the theme: “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.


  • The World Meeting of Families takes place every three years: the most recent took place in Philadelphia in September 2015.


  • The event has as its heart four main moments. Firstly, a National Opening of World Meeting of Families that will take place simultaneously in all dioceses in Ireland. Secondly, from the 22nd to 24th August, a three-day Congress for all that will entail a joyful and reflective programme of workshops, talks and discussions centred on the main theme; an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as faith and fun activities for children. This will be followed by a Festival of Families on Saturday 25th August, comprising a special cultural concert style event within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith will be shared by families representing the five continents of the world. WMOF2018 will close with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration on Sunday 26th August that will gather thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world. WMOF2018 will include exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances, events around the city, gestures of solidarity with those in need, celebrations and much more.


  • To help prepare for WMOF2018, a programme of pre-catechesis will be offered to parishes and families based largely on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia(The Joy of Love), encouraging reflection on different aspects of being family in the Church and in the world today.