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Thank you to all who supported our Mama’s Faith concert on June 7 – musicians Bruce Guthro, Andrew Doyle and Kim Dunn who gave so generously of their talent and time, the crews and volunteers who worked so diligently before and during the event, and all who bought tickets and came out to be part of this special celebration. In total, $5,385.00 was raised for shelters and organizations in our diocese supporting women and their children escaping domestic violence.

Sincere gratitude to all who took part in our Synod diocesan phase closing celebration on Pentecost Sunday, June 5 at St Ninian Cathedral. Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick celebrated Mass, which included a procession of candles and scrolls symbolizing submissions from representatives of parishes and ministries who hosted Synod conversations.


Synod = Journeying Together

Now through May 2022, our diocese is engaged in the Synod journey, inviting individuals and groups to share their stories, opinions, and thoughts on the church past, present and future. Information gathered during this time will be compiled into a 10-page report that will become part of a submission by Canada and the United States to the Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome in 2023.

But there is more to the journey for us.

CBU Chaplaincy Synod day via Zoom:
Cape Breton University students offer personal reflections on what needs to happen in the Church today:


Conversations sparked by the Synod process will help us build or renew relationships with our communities, parishes, and each other. inviting light and healing into the isolation caused by the global pandemic, dissatisfaction with church actions and teachings,  and a society where faith is seen as irrelevant.

Information gained in the Synod process will:
– help our diocese and parishes renew their commitments to sharing and service
– help us develop new and different ways of meeting the needs in our communities
– support a healthy church, which in turn can support healthy communities

And most importantly: You will be heard. 


The consultation phase of the Synod in our diocese is now closed. Work is underway to review and compile submissions into reports for the Synod of Bishops and diocesan use. Documents will be shared here when ready. 

If you have questions or want to speak with someone, 

Email us anytime

Find us on Facebook @antigonishdiocese

Visit our Synod page for Bishop Kirkpatrick’s letters and Vatican resources.

Contact Jennifer Hatt, Communications Officer




Communications Officer, Diocese of Antigonish

Comments (2)

  • Reply Janet Marusiak - January 23, 2022

    I have recently moved back home to Sydney from Halifax. I have not gone online yet or been to any meetings so far with these meetings of synod. I am now going to Lady Fatima church and hope to be in ministry as Lector and joined the CWL here. I like to receive any emails or updates. I am not on FB.
    We are in difficult times and we need the Church more now than ever to be a safe place and one to share hope and guidance and to grow into a more dynamic community so all feel free and comfortable to share their ideas and concerns.
    Thank you.

    • Reply Margie Gillis - February 16, 2022

      Hello Janet,
      Welcome back home to Cape Breton. I am working in the Office of Liturgy as Assistant Director of Liturgy for the Diocese. My office is in the Diocesan pastoral Centre in Membertou First Nations. We have a Religious Bookstore in the Centre. The Office of Religious Education and Faith Formation is also located here. You are welcome to visit any weekday from 9:00am- 4:30 pm. The Phone number is 902 539-6188. You can reach Nick Vince at this number.
      Margie Gillis

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