Synod 2021 - 2023:

For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.

“…the purpose of this Synod, and therefore of this consultation, is not to produce documents, but to ‘plant dreams, draw forth prophesies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts, give strength to our hands’” (Preparatory Document, 32).

What is a Synod?

In the Catholic Church, a synod is traditionally a gathering of bishops for the purpose of establishing guidance in the areas of catechism, morality, or Church governance. A synod is more or less a church council, and the terms are interchangeable. Synodality is the practice of "journeying together", listening, praying, adapting to new situations, and moving forward as one.

What is the 2021-2023 Synod?

A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together”.

On October 9, 2021, Pope Francis opened a special two-year synodal process in the hopes of reinvigorating this concept of cohesiveness among the body of the Church.

During the following months, we are called on to pray, listen, and determine together the message of the Holy Spirit as it pertains to the Church's mission.

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What would you tell Pope Francis?

Synodality is all about listening, and Pope Francis wants everyone to be heard. What is your message?