Hello from Dublin!

Welcome to the World Meeting of Families

Hello from Dublin! Following yesterday’s press conference, I had a chance to meet with some of Ireland’s leading transgender Catholic activists. Awesome, energetic visionaries!

Today was a day of speaking with additional media, including the Washington Blade, NET TV in New York, and NBCOut. Our family also got our registration materials for the World Meeting of Families, and spent some time chatting with other folks checking in. Among them were a family from Harare, Zimbabwe who had also been at the Philadelphia WMF, and an Irish/American couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. All were quite receptive to our presence. As we arrived at the WMF registration center, Dublin’s “Pride Bus” pulled up right outside! Talk about confirmation…

We also had the chance to visit the Mercy International Center, and tour the very site where Mercy Founder Catherine McAuley started her work on behalf of impoverished Irish women and children that grew into an order now working in 44 countries. Touching into the spirituality so important to Becky and me was wonderful grounding for the upcoming gathering.

Formal sessions start in the morning. Look for more updates! And thank you for the ongoing prayers and messages of support. We carry all of you in our hearts!

The Duddy-Burke's official name badges

World Meeting of Families Family Guidebook

Connecting with transgender activistis in Dublin
Connecting with transgender activistis in Dublin

The Proudest Bus

Becky being interviewed for NET TV (NY Catholic Television)
Becky being interviewed for NET TV (NY Catholic Television)
Emily being interviewed for NET TV (NY Catholic television)
Emily being interviewed for NET TV (NY Catholic television)
Finn in his NET TV interview
Finn in his NET TV interview
Arriving at Mercy International Center, Baggot Street, Dublin
Arriving at Mercy International Center, Baggot Street, Dublin
With Sr. Corita, our Mercy International Center Tour guice
With Sr. Corita, our Mercy International Center Tour guide

The above post is part of a series that Marianne Duddy-Burke is writing from Dublin, Ireland, as she attends the 2018 World Meeting of Families. For more information on Equally Blessed’s presence at the event, including additional posts from Marianne, please visit our new resource page.