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Why Catholic? Meet Bishop Edward C. Malesic
Synod Diocesan Synod

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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 (watch the homily below). 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 

Watch listening session highlights

Bishop Malesic Homily- Opening Diocesan Phase

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