THE ENTIRE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS CALLED TO PARTICIPATE IN
“FOR A SYNODAL CHURCH: COMMUNION, PARTICIPATION, AND MISSION.”
The Synod opened in Rome on October 9, followed by the opening in each diocese on October 17.
This process is calling together all the people of God – clergy, religious and laity –
to listen, dialogue, discern and pray. The goal of the Synod is not to create a new pastoral plan,
but rather to be present with each other, learn from each other, and grow closer to the Lord and His Church.
More details on the Synod and the Diocese’s participation will be posted to
www.hbgdiocese.org/synod-2021-2023/ throughout this process.
The Diocesan phase of the Synod process will last through April 2022, followed by a
continental phase from September 2022 to March 2023, and ending with the
XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican in October 2023.