“It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” - Pope Francis
The entire People of God, in all its diversity, is invited to participate in the upcoming Synod which will focus on the three pillars of a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.
In April 2021, Pope Francis initiated a synodal journey of the whole People of God, beginning in October 2021 and culminating in October 2023 in the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. An opening ceremony will be held in Rome on Saturday, October 9 , 2021.
Bishop Malesic celebrated an Opening Liturgy on Sunday, October 17 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist which began the diocesan phase of the three-year synodal journey of consultations and discernment.
All baptized Catholics were invited participate in this process of listening, dreaming, and discerning God’s call for the Church amid the present signs of the times. The diocesan discernment concluded with a “Pre-Synodal Gathering” on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Over 250 delegates gathered to pray, share, listen and discern our next steps on this synodal journey together.
The response to the Synod in our diocese far exceeded our expectations, especially in light of all the challenges that we faced with timing and the pandemic. Over the past 8 months:
Over 200 facilitators were trained from Oct 2021 – Jan 2022
118 parishes (64%) conducted at least one listening session from Dec 2021 - Mar 2022
169 reports have been submitted
12,684 people participated in person
610 responded to the questions online
All 10 college campus ministries participated
Just over 50% of participants were young people (under age 30): PSR, Catholic schools, high schools, young adult groups
A copy of the final diocesan synthesis is available below, as well as the Working Document from our Diocesan Pre-synodal Gathering, which outlines the process followed and includes the top 10 priorities and most common themes that emerged during the consultation.
Bishop Malesic celebrated the opening Mass for the diocesan synodal process. Watch his homily.
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
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