It was a glorious beginning to the historic week in which the 8th World Meeting (WMF2015) is being hosted in Philadelphia, and in which Pope Francis visits our country. Denise D’Oleo, Kathy Wither, and Kathy’s husband Dave were at the WMF2015 for the opening ceremony which included among others, Archbishop Chaput, Archbishop Paglia, and Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter. This is also the same hall where the three Keynote addresses were held on Tuesday and Wednesday (with Bishop Robert Barron, Cardinal Robert Sarah, and Helen Alvare).
While Kathy and Dave came to participate in Tuesday and Wednesday’s WMF2015 events, travelling back to NYC for the Holy Father’s visit on Thursday, Denise was at the WMF2015 primarily to attend the First Hispanic/Latin-American meeting of families (PEHLF) that was sponsored by the USCCB.
May the fruit of Pope Francis’ visit here in the U.S. be a renewal of faith, hope and love in all the faithful. May the graces of the Holy Spirit rain down upon the Family Life/Respect Life Office, the Archdiocese of New York, and all of New York and the surrounding communities.