World Meeting of Families with the Diocese of Charlotte

World Meeting of Families with the Diocese of Charlotte

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August 20 - 29, 2018

Anticipated Papal visit!

Pilgrimage chaplain: Fr. Joshua Voitus

The Diocese of Charlotte invites you to the World Meeting of Families in Ireland. Highlights of this pilgrimage include a sightseeing tour of Dublin, the World Meeting of Families Events (Including the 3-day congress, the Festival for Families, Mass, and celebrations), and an anticipated visit from Pope Francis. We also see the Knock Shrine, explore Galway City, Kelmore Abbey and Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, and many other beautiful and timeless attractions!

Your Pilgrimage Includes...

  • Roundtrip airfare (including taxes & fees) from Charlotte Douglas International Airport

  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation

  • Excellent 4-star hotel accommodations

  • Breakfast daily & 6 dinners

  • WMOF Registration

  • 3 day WMOF Congress ticket

  • Entrance to the Festival of Families

  • Preferential seating at the Solemn Mass

  • Assistance of a Canterbury Tour Manager & local guides

  • Sightseeing & admission fees as per itinerary

  • Daily Mass & devotions

Your Pilgrimage Itinerary...

August 20, 2018: Our pilgrimage begins as we depart Charlotte for an overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland.

August 21: Upon arrival Dublin Airport, we meet our driver and tour guide followed by an orientation sightseeing tour of Dublin. After hotel check-in, we begin our pilgrimage journey with opening Mass at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. Dinner in Dublin City. Overnight Dublin

August 22-24: Following breakfast we set off for the World Meeting of Families three-day congress Daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, keynote speakers, workshops and exhibitions. Each day will reflect on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” chosen by the Holy Father. Overnight Dublin

August 25: This morning, after breakfast, we set off to visit Glendalough,an ancient monastic city, established in the sixth century by St. Kevin, in the heart of the valley of the two lakes (Gleann da Loch). There, we’ll celebrate Mass at St. Kevin’s, and then visit the Round Tower, the ruins of the cathedral, and St. Kevin’s Kitchen. This afternoon we’re off to Baltinglass to see the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey and Castledermot to visit the Franciscan Abbey. We return back to Dublin this afternoon to participate in the Festival for Families. A festive time, where we gather to celebrate the gift of family from the perspective of the specific theme of the World Meeting. This will be a cultural celebration of music, dance, song, within a prayerful and joyful setting, and with the aid of stories given by families representing the five continents. Overnight Dublin

August 26: Solemn Eucharistic Celebration. The World Meeting of the Family 2018 will conclude with a Solemn Mass in thanksgiving to God, the Holy Trinity for the gift of family and for its sanctification. Following the closing Mass, we depart Dublin for Knock Shrine, an important pilgrimage center, famous for over a century as the site of apparitions and miraculous cures. The story of Knock began in 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared to fifteen people at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. From this miraculous occurrence, Knock was given the indelible seal of Vatican approval and has been a place of pilgrimage for both St. John Paull II and Mother Teresa. Following, we make our way to Galway for hotel check in. Overnight Galway

August 27: This morning we’ll enjoy an orientation of Galway city, a true delight with its narrow streets, old stone and wooden shop fronts, bohemian musicians and pubs. Next, we visit the Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. We continue onward to Westport, and on our way, we’ll visit the Cong Abbey. We’ll view the ruins of this 12th-century Augustinian abbey that was established by Turlough O’Connor, High King of Ireland. On arrival into Westport, we’ll have time for lunch, a guided tour, and Mass at St. Mary’s. Back to Galway in time for a dinner cruise on the River Corrib & Lake. Overnight Galway

August 28: This morning we travel through the Burren Region. First populated by humans 6,000 years ago, the region shelters a mixture of flora and archaeological sites which have attracted visitors for centuries. We see here the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Here we visit O’ Brien’s Tower, St. Brigid’s Well, and Atlantic Edge (a huge domed cave that contains images, exhibits, displays & experiences exploring different elements of the mighty Cliffs of Moher). We then take the Shannon Car Ferry. This pleasant, 20-minute journey travels across the Shannon Estuary which is home to a group of bottle nosed dolphins and serves as a habitat for migrating birds and wild fowl. We’ll head south towards Kerry, making a stop on our way to celebrate Mass. Dinner at Kate Kearney’s Cottage for a traditional Irish night with traditional music and costumed dancers. Overnight Kerry

August 29: After a final breakfast at your hotel we depart for the airport with renewed faith and memories to last a lifetime.

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