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Synod 2021-2023

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“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.

  • To gather together as people of one faith
  • To engage in dialogue and respectful listening to one another
  • To witness to the Good News of God's love in the world

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.

Through the end of the year, all baptized Catholics will be 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 will culminate in a “Pre-Synodal Meeting” on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this process.

The online individual participation process closed on March 31, 2022. Click here for a brief status update. 

Synodal Mass Homily

Bishop Malesic celebrated the opening Mass for the diocesan synodal process.  Watch his homily.

Prayer for the Synod: 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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