Synod 2021 - 2023

For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.

Pope Francis is inviting the entire Church to reflect on its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open Herself to mission. Our “journeying together” is, in fact, what most effectively enacts and manifests the nature of the Church as the pilgrim and missionary People of God.

“…the purpose of this Synod is not to produce more documents. Rather, it is intended to inspire people to dream about the Church we are called to be, to make people’s hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts, and restore strength to our hands for our common mission” (Synod Preparatory Document)

On October 17th 2021 the world will celebrate the opening of the Synod: “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission”. Each parish across the diocese will join in prayer for the Synod that weekend and resources will be forthcoming to support parishes in this process.

This Synod will have a 3-phase consultation: diocesan, continental and universal. Pope Francis is asking all Catholic dioceses around the world to start consulting with parishioners and others to hear the voices of the People of God.

How Can I Participate in this Synod?

  • Contact your parish council or priest to find out if there are synod sessions happening in your parish.

  • Write a letter to:

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin

Private Bag 1941

Dunedin 9054

  • Make an appointment to speak to someone in person:

Phone 027 655 6691

The Fundamental Questions of the Synod are:

A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”?

Parish Leadership Teams, Parish Pastoral Councils, and Catholic community groups are being asked to allocate time to participate in this consultation and make a submission and to lead synod conversations in their communities.

There are 10 themes that are given:

  • Companions on the journey

  • Listening

  • Speaking out

  • Celebration

  • Sharing responsibility for our common mission

  • Dialogue in Church and society

  • Ecumenism

  • Authority and participation

  • Discerning and deciding

  • Forming ourselves in synodality

For further background a ‘Preparatory Document’ and the ‘Vademecum’ or Official Handbook can be found on the Vatican’s Synod website.

More information will be posted here as the process evolves.

The Synod Website Link and Diocesan Contact

Diocesan Synod Contact

Stephanie Swann

027 655 6691

Resources to Help Your Parish/Group Run a Synodal Session