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SYNOD 2023

Pope Francis has announced a Synod on Synodality, to be held in 2023. The local churches have been invited to participate in the initial process, which begins in October and concludes with a pre-Synod meeting of representatives from the Archdiocese in April 2022.

The Synod proposes as its focus the following: A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your particular Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in your “journeying together”?

The Archbishop has decided to use this as an opportunity to deepen our reflection on the outcomes of the 2019 Archdiocesan Synod, using as a lens the Synodal themes of listening and journeying. One way for us do this is to look for commonalities between the 2023 Synod themes and the outcomes of our 2019 Synod. Put differently, when we place the 2023 Synod themes in dialogue with the 2019 Synod outcomes, what might they have to say to one another?

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In the most basic terms, a synod is a council that has been appointed by an authority in the church to decide / discuss an issue of a doctrine, administration or application.

The etymology of the word synod originates from the Greek meaning “meeting” or “assembly”.

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