The Synodal Process in Brief
As communicated over the past week, the Church throughout the world is initiating a Synodal Process. Words such as Synod or Synodality may not be familiar. The word Synod refers to certain types of important church meetings and the root meaning has to do with journeying together, walking together in the way of the Lord. The word Synodality refers to a way of going about the Church’s mission together and listening.
The Synodal Process will have three phases in two years:
· Diocesan (Phase 1, Oct. 2021-April 2022)
· National-International (Phase 2, Sept. 2022-March 2023)
· Synodal Meeting in Rome (Phase 3, Oct. 2023)
The theme of the Synodal Process is: Participation, Communion and Mission. It is designed to be a time of prayerful listening and discernment, reaching out to those who currently participate in the Church’s life as well as those who do not.
Over the next few weeks, you will hear more about our Memphis Diocesan Synodal Process. In the meantime, check through the following links: VaticanNewsCelebratingSynod – CNANewsSynodalPath – VaticanNewsSynodofBishopsVideo.
Many blessings! ¡Adelante! Going forward together, on mission…that all may be one (John 17:21)!