Synod 2021 - 2023

For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.

Pope Francis has invited the entire Church to reflect on its life and mission. The first phase of the synod (diocesan) has now finished and will now go on to national regions and then to Rome.

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)

Final Sythesis Documents

Click here to read the synthesis documents from all six dioceses in Aotearoa

Click here to read the final synthesis report for our diocese.

This document is a culmination of all the submitted responses we have received. Thank you to all who took the time to share their thoughts and prayerful reflections on how we are journeying together as Church in Aotearoa.

What are the next steps? The six diocese of Aotearoa will send representatives to a hui in Wellington on the 2nd July for a synodal process to produce a national synthesis document. This document will be included in a wider Oceania report which will then go on to Rome.

While our report is complete in our diocese, the synodal journey will continue. As stated in the conclusion of the report:

"Now that we have reflected on all the responses received, we look forward to continue

working in this synodal way, meeting with the people, listening and praying with each

other, to continue together on this journey in communion, participation and mission as

individuals, parish communities, and a diocese."

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