2018 Synod of Bishops
The Church's next Synod will be on the topic of "Young
People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment." While this synod will
not convene in Rome until October 2018, the time of preparation is NOW!
The Vatican has released the Preparatory Document for the synod, which ends
with several questions that they would like to be the focus of their
consultation with the whole church. Our diocese must submit our responses
to those questions to the USCCB in early fall, and so now is the time for us to
hear from YOU!
Some people might hear the words "Vocational Discernment"
and think that the topic is all about how to encourage more youth to choose
religious vocations. That is ONE element reflected in the preparatory
document, but the focus is on the "vocation to love" as it finds expression in
states of life, professions, social and civil commitment, lifestyle, the
management of time and money, etc. and how to help young people discern
these choices in the light of faith. In short, the Preparatory Document
makes it clear that this synod is all about how we - as the Church, and as
individuals IN the Church - help young people (ages 16-29) navigate this
challenging time of transition in their lives. It's about all aspects of
our ministry. Thus, we really want your input!
Our listening process will consist of two phases:
1) Written input via a questionnaire (late April to late May)
2) Gathered Listening sessions around the diocese:
Ministry leaders are invited to attend the listening session that is most convenient for them! If possible please review the Preparatory Document and/or Questionnaire ahead of time.
Saturday, May 20th
Tuesday, June 6th
Ss Peter and Paul
Saturday, June 10th
Our Lady of the Angels