World Meeting of Families & Our Lady of Knock
Spiritual Director: Fr. Edward Murphy
August 20 - 27, 2018
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located Four Star Hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 6 nights | Aug 21-27 | Gresham Hotel, Dublin
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Transfers as per itinerary (on Group Basis)
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of a professional local guide throughout
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- World Meeting of Family Registration and attendance to ALL Events
- Arrangements for Mass daily
- Tips to Restaurants
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches and beverages not mentioned, Tips to your guide and driver.
Monday, August 20, 2018: Depart for Dublin
Depart from your hometown for your overnight flight(s) to Ireland. Meals will be served on board.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018: Arrive in Dublin
Cead Mile Failte - Welcome to Ireland! Upon arrival into Dublin you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver. We will have a panoramic city tour on both sides of the River Liffey, where we pass by the General Post Office on the city's main streets, O'Connell Street, Custom House, and Phoenix Park, the largest city park in Europe. On the other side of the river are Georgian squares characterized by colorful doors, Grafton Street and Trinity College which is the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. Time permitting we visit the ancient library containing over 20,000 manuscripts, among which is the Book of Kells, a manuscript from the 9th century written by the monks at St. Colombo's monastery on the island of Iona. Today we will also visit St. Patrick's Anglican Cathedral, built in 1213. This Gothic Cathedral has a splendid interior, with some beautiful tombs and monuments. The ornate stained glass windows can be found in the Chancel. In the afternoon we will transfer to our hotel for an early dinner and overnight.
*Opening Ceremony at Croke Park
Wednesday, August 22, 2018: World Meeting of Families
Following breakfast, we will make our way to attend the first day of the Pastoral Congress for the World Meeting of Families. Over the next three days, there will be a series of major panels, workshops, keynote speakers, testimonies and activities. Each day, the Pastoral Congress will explore themes from The Joy of Love under a particular heading. After a full day, return to your hotel for dinner. You will have the evening free to spend at your own leisure.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme – The Family and Faith
Thursday, August 23, 2018 : World Meeting of Families
Following an early morning breakfast, we will make our way to the location for the second day of the Pastoral Congress. You will have free time to attend any, and all, events and lectures that are of interest to you! Return to the Hotel for dinner, and then
have free time in the evening to go for a walk on your own.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme – The Family and Love
Friday, August 24, 2018: World Meeting of Families
After breakfast, we will make our way to the location of the final day of Lectures and Events. You will have free time to attend any, and all, events and lectures that are of interest to you! Return to the Hotel for dinner, and then have free time in the evening to go for a walk on your own.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme – The Family and Hope
Saturday, August 25, 2018: World Meeting of Families
Make your way to breakfast, and prepare to celebrate one of the most significant and beautiful events within every World Meeting of Families. Today will be a spent gathering with pilgrims around the world, and celebrating the gift of “family”. A cultural celebration will be taking place throughout the day, in the form of music, dance, song, and prayer. Stories will be given by families representing the five continents – along with many other activities. Dinner and overnight.
*Attend the Festival of Families
Sunday, August 26, 2018: Closing Ceremony of the World Meeting of Families
Today is an early morning, which will start with breakfast, and then making our way on foot to the Closing Ceremony (location: TBD.) Starting with a Solemn Mass in thanksgiving to God, the Holy Trinity, and for the gift of family and for its sanctification. This Mass will mark the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, along with the next Diocese to host the event in conjunction with the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life will be announced. This is expected to be a full day event. Return to the Hotel for your final dinner in Ireland, and a restful nights sleep.
*Schedule for Closing Ceremony and Solemn Eucharistic Celebration
Monday, August 27, 2018: Dublin – Return Home
This morning, you will have an early morning breakfast before you make your way to the Airport for your return flights home.