Meet the Families Who Attended the World Meeting in Philadelphia

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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, sponsored an essay contest during the summer before the World Meeting of Families open to all diocesan families for tickets to the gathering’s theological congress. Eight families representing the entire geographic region of the diocese were selected to receive tickets. In the profiles below, meet some of the families who attended and hear from them about their experiences at this historic international, spiritual congress.

The following articles originally appeared in the Catholic Star Herald, the Diocese of Camden’s newspaper.

All profiles by Carol Magrino.

Christina Silvaria and Stephen Ellsworth

Christina Silvaria attended the World Meeting of Families congress along with her fiancé, Stephen Ellsworth, and the two of them found that the congress, “was way beyond [their] expectations.” Both Silvaria and Ellsworth are uniquely committed to serving others.  For them, a highlight of the week was joining with Catholic Relief Services, which made it […]

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The Reemmer Family

Sometimes the moments of greatest meaning for families are found in the midst of the hubbub of life. For those families lucky enough to be part of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last week, being part of the hubbub was exactly what they were hoping for. Zoe Reemmer (10) of Egg Harbor Township, […]

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The Cotto/Reyes family

“I see miracles all the time,” says Ivette Cotto who, along with husband Pedro Reyes and two of their five children, attended the World Meeting of Families theological congress this week. When it comes to the World Meeting of Families week of events, Cotto says, “It was a miracle for me to be there.” The […]

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The Shields Family

Vicky Shields believes the best way to bring children up in the faith is by parents getting involved and bringing the kids along. That could explain why she applied to attend the World Meeting of Families congress this week in Philadelphia with three of her eight children: Christopher, Kathleen and James. The family was not […]

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The Arey Family

“As soon as I heard there was a World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, I was determined to go,” says Nancy Arey, a parishioner at St. Mary Church in Gloucester City. Nancy entered the Catholic Charities essay contest with the goal of being able to help her family take part in the historic event. Along […]

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The Cuentas Family

Jamaila Cuentas knows exactly what she’s looking to find at the theological congress that will kick off the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next week. “I want to know how I can engage my family … to know Jesus,” she says. Jamaila will attend the World Meeting with other members of her family: […]

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