World Meeting of Families

September 22 to 25

The World Meeting of Families is an international event, which was begun by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1994. The last 3 editions (2006, 2009, 2012) were held in Valencia, Mexico City, and Milan but in 2015, the World Meeting of Families will be held in the United States for the very first time, and will take place from September 22nd to September 27th in Philadelphia, PA.

From noon on Tuesday to noon on Friday (September 22nd to 25th) there will be a Congress, with speakers and breakout sessions. Participants numbering from 10,000 to 15,000 are expected.

The highlight of the meeting will be a Papal visit from Friday to Sunday, culminating in a Papal Mass on Sunday, which is expected to draw over a million people. Registration for the Congress is $350.

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Canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
A Mass of Thanksgiving

On Wednesday, September 23rd, The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi will be celebrating a solemn Mass of Thanksgiving to coincide with the Mass, Liturgy and Canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra which will be celebrated by Pope Francis in Washington, DC at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Note: Fr. John De La Riva, Rector, invites those who might be interested in helping in some way with the Liturgy, to contact him. Also, in his efforts to obtain a Statue of Fr. Serra (to be blessed and installed in the Shrine Church), he petitions those of our Shrine Community to consider a monetary gift that could help with the cost of such a Statue. Or, perhaps you may know someone else who would be willing and able to assist us. As in all contributions that make possible the ministries of the Shrine, any degree of help is greatly appreciated. Contact us and submit interest to Fr. John via email: