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Synod 2021-2023

“It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” - Pope Francis

Over the past two years, the entire People of God, in all its diversity, has been participated in the Synod on Synodality, which focuses on the three pillars of a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission. Below are the synthesis reports from the various phases of the synodal process.

  • Diocesan Synthesis. Final synthesis report marks the completion of the parish phase of the Synod process and was submitted to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.      
  • Diocesan Working Document. This document used during our Diocesan Pre-synodal Gathering. It outlines the process followed and includes the top 10 priorities and most common themes that emerged during the parish consultation phase.
  • National Synthesis (in Spanish). Final synthesis report of U.S. dioceses marking the completion of the diocesan phase. 
  • North American Final Document (in Spanish). Synthesis report from Continental Stage of the Synod, including the United States and Canada. 

Click here to discover additional Synod resources and materials from the universal Church.

Prayer for the Synod of Bishops

The 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place in Rome from October 4 through October 29, 2023 with the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” In preparation, Pope Francis has invited us to observe a moment of prayer on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, placing the Synod under her protection. 

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Adsumus Sancte Spiritus

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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Overview of the Diocesan Synod

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 

Listening Session Highlights


Opening Mass Homily


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