Synod 2021-2023

Published : 2022-01-04 a 00h00 | Category : Diocese

Synod 2021-2023

For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission

How will the Synod work?  To facilitate as much participation in the discussion process as possible, Pope Francis has asked that a special document be prepared that contains both the purpose of the Synod, the way it will be organized and the various areas of discussions under consideration.  This document is available from the Vatican at the following link: https://www.synod.va/en/documents/english-version-of-the-preparatory-document.html or by typing, “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission” in your Search Engine.  By using this common tool, bishops from around the world are encouraged to involve as many people as possible in discussion groups throughout their Diocese.  This process will conclude on June 1, 2022.

Once input from people has been gathered, each country will synthesize the results from each participating diocese and send it to Rome.  In receiving the collected work from around the world Rome is charged to write an initial report that will initiate a second round of discussion and a second, more definitive, report, which, together with all that has preceded it, will be the matter for a formal gathering in Rome in 2023.  The whole Synod will conclude with the issuing of a formal document that will include a reflection on our lived experience, how it is working and pastoral recommendations for the future.  

For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission

If you are wondering how you can be involved in the Synod: parishes have been invited by Archbishop Valéry Vienneau to organize consultative meetings in their parishes, as we strive together to discern the Holy Spirit’s calls for the Church today. He reminds us that this first phase of the Synod consultations is of vital importance since it involves listening to the People of God guided by the Holy Spirit.  The pandemic is presently making it difficult for parishes to proceed as they would like but stay tuned to your bulletins as parishes attempt to put these meetings in place.  Service Organizations, Ministry Groups, Family Groups, Single Groups, Children and Youth, Seniors, Movements within the parish, and any other formal or informal grouping of people may also take the initiative to organize a discussion group around the questions found on the Vatican website.