Synod 2021

Synod 2021

What is a Synod? What is the purpose?

“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.”


Come Holy Spirit
Make our ears to hear
Make our eyes to see
Make our mouths to speak
Make our hearts to seek
Make our hands to reach out
And touch the world with your love.

Mary, Mother of the Church,
Pray for us.

Year 1 (2019-2020): Prayer and Listening Events
20 events throughout the Archdiocese that are open to all. Choose one that works for your schedule; invite others! Find the full listing at org/synod.
11 additional events for focus groups such as youth, elderly, priests, religious, and Catholic school principals.
Purpose: To identify an initial set of focus areas to discuss during Year 2.

Year 2 (2020-2021):
Parish Consultation Process: Fall 2020
Small groups meet in parishes across the Archdiocese to pray, study, and discuss the focus areas arising during Year 1. Parishes provide feedback which will inform the Synod topics to be discussed in the Deanery Consultation Process.
Deanery Consultation Process: January and February, 2021
Pastors and an estimated 10 parish representatives gather at the Deanery (regional) level to pray, study and discuss the proposed Synod topics. Deaneries provide feedback for the Archdiocesan Synod Assembly.
Archdiocesan Synod Assembly: Pentecost weekend, May 2021
Approximately 500 invited delegates (including two from each parish) from across the Archdiocese gather together to pray, study, and discuss the Synod topics and vote on pastoral priorities to recommend to Archbishop Hebda.
Pastoral Letter: November 2021, Feast of Christ the King
Considering the Synod results, Archbishop Hebda writes a pastoral letter intended to lead to an Archdiocesan pastoral plan to move our Archdiocese into the future.

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