July Synod Prayer Intention
That in imitation of St. Joseph the just and reverent man, each of us in the Synod process would practice the justice and reverence God requires of us.
Archdiocese Synod 2022
In 2019, Archbishop Hebda announced the Archdiocese Synod. Many of us were asking: What is a Synod? What is the purpose? Archbishop Hebda explains that “A Synod is a formal representative assembly designed to help a bishop in his shepherding of the local Church. The purpose is “to discern and establish clear pastoral priorities in a way that will both promote greater unity and lead us to a more vigorous proclamation of Jesus’ good news.”
A Synod is a time for mutual listening, a time of growing in unity, and a time of becoming a Church that more effectively proclaims the gospel. All the faithful must be engaged in the process.
In late Fall 2019 and early 2020, many parishioners attended a listening session facilitated by members of the Archdiocese Synod team. Then CoVID hit and the Archdiocese put plans to disseminate information learned from the listening sessions on hold until early 2021.
In the coming weeks, you will hear more about the three focus areas Archbishop Hebda has defined stemming from the listening sessions and how each parish in the diocese will be instrumental in continuing to build awareness and pave the path for the Synod moving forward.