What does it mean for the Catholic Church in Ireland to embark on a synodal pathway?
It means walking together on our pilgrim way in faith towards God, conscious of our God- given gifts. Essentially, it is listening intently to each other. We are then called to engage in reflecting and praying together about what we are hearing. We journey in this way to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in our mission of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ireland and beyond.
YOUR PARISH – YOUR VOICE: Every Voice Counts……
On Tuesday Aug 16th 2022, the Irish Bishops’ Conference published the ‘National Synthesis of the Synodal Process‘ on www.synod.ie. The Synodal Process has been conducted across the Church in Ireland from Autumn 2021. The publication the National Synthesis is the fruit of a wide-ranging process of listening and consultation drawing on the syntheses produced by the 26 dioceses in Ireland, as well as those submitted by religious congregations and other interested groups.
The National Synthesis was forwarded to Rome as part of the worldwide synodal process of listening and discernment launched by Pope Francis in October 2021 and which will culminate in the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2023.
The bishops issued a statement of welcome on the completion of the National Synthesis, saying, “We are pleased to publish the National Synthesis document prepared by the Steering Committee of lay faithful, religious, priests and bishops which was appointed by our Conference to lead us along the synodal journey.” The National Synthesis can be found by clicking HERE.
The Kildare and Leighlin diocesan ‘synthesis’ of the many conversations that took place during Lent about our future as Church is available on the ‘kandle’ website. For quick access please click HERE There is much in it that we can reflect and act upon. Comments and observations welcome at [email protected]
This page will be updated regularly, visit often as we “walk together”.