Synodality is a way of living and ‘being’ Church that is more inclusive, participatory, and responsive to the needs of its people. It helps us to discern the Holy Spirit’s guidance for the Church and to build communion within it. The resources on this page have been created to help us incorporate synodality into our daily lives, so we are more open to hearing and responding to the needs of others, and we are more likely to build a Church that is truly inclusive and participatory.
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“It’s not about gathering opinions, nor holding a parliament,” Pope Francis explains, but rather “listening to each other in our diversity and opening doors to those who are outside the Church.” And by listening to “the protagonist, the Holy Spirit,” which requires prayer, the Synod can become an “opportunity to be a Church of closeness, which is God’s style.”
Written by Fr Paul Marshall, this position paper explores the context of the first Diocesan Synod, and what to expect in our experience and journey.
We invite you to deepen your understanding of Synodality at one of our upcoming events. If no events appear below, please contact us to organise a formation workshop for your local community.
About the Synod
Excerpt from the directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops
The submissions from these consultations and conversations were collected online, in person, or via mail and were synthesised by the Synod Writing Group. These submissions informed the development of the agenda and Synod Working Document for the first Synod Assembly, which was held from 13 to 15 October 2023.
If you’d like to encourage your parish or prayer group to embrace the spirit and practice of synodality, get in touch to organise a formation session or workshop for your local community: