World Meeting of Families 2022- The AVOSA Edition

And So Its Finally Here ! 
The World meeting of Families 2022 - The AVOSA Edition , a one of the first of its kind in the vicariate. 
A Pastoral Congress  + A Festival of Families + Holy Mass  = WMOF 2022 AE     #WMOF22AE

What is the World Meeting of Families - WMOF ? 

WMOF is the acronym for World Meeting of Families, created by Pope John Paul II in 1994. In fact, that year was declared “International Year of the Family” by the United Nations, and so the Year of the Family was also celebrated in the Church. Thus, the 1st World Meeting of Families was created, which was held in Rome on 8 and 9 October 1994. A World Meeting of Families has therefore been held since 1994 every three years and in different places around the world. The pattern followed has always been fairly similar, with an international Theological-Pastoral Congress at the start and ending, with a vigil and Festival of Families (a cultural program event) along with a great final Eucharistic celebration. The 10th World Meeting of Families is being held in Rome from the 22nd to 26th June 2022. 

What is the World Meeting of Families - The Avosa Edition ? 

This year, in a video message released by Pope Francis, he said a new format is being planned for the WMOF event, which will have its focus not only in Rome but to be held throughout the world. Thus, in support and encouragement from H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder, the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabic will have the World Meeting of Families – The AVOSA Edition.

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Who is Invited to Attend ? 
Well, EVERYONE is invited to attend !! 
The conference will have specific personalized parallel program paths designed for the below categories : 

  • Parent, Parents, Single Parent and Long-Distance Parent

  • Grandparent & Seniors,

  • Widows & Widowers 

  • Kids to Teenagers sub-group (ages 2-17yrs),

  • Young Adults & Singles,

  • Married Singles,

  • Young Couples, and

  • Families with Adults / Children of Determination. 

Phew !! Yes we really did mean "Everyone". Bring your entire family along, drop them off to their respective groups and come witness an enriching day with everyone.

How Can I Register for the Event ? 

Simply follow the registration link on this page or get in touch with your parish family ministry coordinator
to get full details on the registration for the program.


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What is the Pastoral Congress about ? 

The Pastoral Congress is dedicated towards the enrichment and growth of catholic family life, especially for families here in the Middle East today. An interactive day filled with insights and tools to equip each segment of family. 

Holy Mass Dedicated for Families 

A Holy Eucharistic Celebration by our Bishop, dedicated especially to the families of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia (AVOSA), with blessings & grace being bestowed for all our attending families.  

What is the Festival of Familes ? 

The Festival of Families, is a time to celebrate Family Life !! After the Pastoral congress, families convene for an evening filled with festivities. Music, entertainment, family activities and most of all meeting up with old friends and making new friends! 

Have a Question ?

We are right around the corner !.  Your parish has a dedicated Family Ministry Team, reach out to your Family Ministry Coordinator and get your queries, doubts and questions answered about the program. Want to help and support the program ? Get in Touch !

Meet Our Speakers

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H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder

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H.E. Bishop Paolo Martinelli

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Rev. Fr. Peter Fernando


Rev. Fr. Lennie  Connully


Luke Coutinho


Rev. Fr. Chito Bartholo

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Rev. Fr. Roy Clarence

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Rev. Fr. Matthais Renggli


Rev. Fr. Darick D'souza



Stranger to no one in our Vicariate, joining us for the WMOF-AE, U.A.E's very own home-grown gospel band, a Jesus Youth Initiative-MasterPlan !!
Blazing through the world, with their pure, feet thumping music and blissful renditions. All ready and set to invigorate us with their soul lifting music. Watch out for their WMOF Theme Song Video coming out soon ! 

Meet Our Gospel Bands

"Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.


The Music Ministry has always been at the heart of our soul, dusting and opening it's doors and windows. Gospel Band Ablaze are all set to invigorate us with their contemporary  unconventional gospel rock music !

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Got Talent 

We've are buzzing with so much talent
right here in our vicariate. Kids 

Scroll below to find out about the different
Talent Contests and Showcasing Platforms
happening at the event. 

Join in to Participate !

Modern Dance Group

Calling all Van Gogh's, Beyoncé's and Adam's 

Choreography Class

H0me Entrepreneurs

Volunteering Service

Craft Supplies

We constantly need support and help across our different channels .
If you'd like to volunteer yourself or

would like to support the program
via sponsorships and funding
reach out and
get in touch with our team !

Looking for all the support we can get. 

If you are a catholic home entrepreneur,
you run your own home business in some form, craft, art, handicrafts or
have an artistic talent

that you would like to showcase ?
Age is no Barrier!

Reach out to the team and find out ways you can showcase your works and get a stall at the event.  

Official Prayer for the X World Meeting of Families

Heavenly Father,
We come before You to praise You and to thank You for the great gift of the family.
We pray to You for all families, consecrated by the Sacrament of Matrimony.
May they rediscover each day the grace they have received, and as small domestic Churches,
May they know how to witness to your Presence and to the love with which Christ loves the Church.

We pray to You for all families faced with difficulty and suffering
caused by illness or circumstances of which only You know.
Sustain them and make them aware of the path to holiness upon which You call them,
so that they might experience your infinite Mercy and find new ways to grow in love.
We pray to You for children and young people, may they encounter You and respond joyfully
to the vocation You have in mind for them;
We pray for parents and grandparents: may they be aware that they are signs
of the fatherhood and motherhood of God
in caring for the children who, in body and spirit, You entrust to them;
for the experience of fraternity that the family can give to the world.

Lord, grant that each family
might live their specific vocation to holiness in the Church
as a call to become missionary disciples, in the service of life and peace,
in communion with our priests,
religious, and all vocations in the Church.
Bless the World Meeting of Families.