Synod of Bishops Adopts Synthesis Report
The XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops took place October 4-29, 2023, following a two-year engagement and preparation journey involving Christian faithful from around the world: clergy and religious, parishioners and those of other denominations, those who are devout and those no longer engaging with their faith.
In the late afternoon of Saturday 28 October 2023, the members of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops adopted the following Synthesis Report:
We as a Church and as a diocese continue to pray for the Synod. The Synod of Bishops has ended, but the invitation remains to continue conversations, continue opening our hearts to the Holy Spirit and to continue our journeys together as the people of God.
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Methodology of the Synod of Bishops
Assembly conversations were guided by the Instrumentum laboris (IL), the working document developed from the seven Continental Synod continental reports compiled in early 2023 from diocesan and regional reports and continental virtual conversations held December 2022 through January 2023.
Laymen and laywomen eligible to vote
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The Secretariat for the Synod has announced that 70 “non-bishop members” appointed by the Pope—half of whom will be women—will be able to vote at the Synod General Assembly in October. These 70 individuals will include lay people appointed directly by the Pope, 50 percent of whom shall be women and among whom shall be included several young people. All 70 will enjoy voting rights at the Assembly, which will consist of around 370 voting members out of more than 400 total participants.
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North American Report to the Synod of Bishops
Diocesan Report to the Synod
This diocesan report was submitted to the Atlantic Bishops in June 2022 for inclusion in the Atlantic Regional Report.
In July, the Atlantic Regional Report was completed and submitted to the National Office of Canadian Bishops for inclusion in the Canadian National report.
The National Report was submitted to Rome on August 15, 2022
Next steps for our diocese:
The diocesan phase of the Synod of Bishops concluded in June.
The journey forward for our diocese is just beginning.
Synod conversations in our diocese generated many topics for further exploration and discussion not only for the Synod of Bishops, but for our diocese and parishes as well.
A companion document summarizing Synod responses, suggestions and topics of local discussion is being developed for release later this fall, with next steps for continuing and acting upon these important conversations.
Next steps for the Synod:
The synodal process will conclude with the Synod of Bishops in Rome.
On Oct. 26, 2022, Pope Francis announced the extension of the Synod to October 2024.
The Synod of Bishops will convene in two phases: October 2023 and October 2024, to allow more time for discernment.
The two sessions will bring together bishops from across the world to discuss and prepare a document to counsel the pope.
“I trust that this decision will promote the understanding of synodality as a constitutive dimension of the Church, and help everyone to live it as the journey of brothers and sisters who proclaim the joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said.
Thank you to all who supported our Mama’s Faith concert on June 7, 2022 – 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.
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