Synod Update #5

New Synod Video!

Check out this new video of the Synod process in our diocese. Listen to what those who have participated in our listening sessions have to say about their experience and what the Synod means for us as Church.

We encourage you to share this video on your website and social media platforms. If you have any upcoming listening sessions, you may also consider playing the video before you begin as an introduction to the process.

A special thanks to Kay Colby, the Communications staff, and all those who generously gave their time to participate in this video.
"Let the Synod on Synodality be a time of conversion for all of us." - Bishop Malesic

Frequently Asked Questions

During the listening sessions, participants were asked to identify emerging actions that could be implemented at the local level. The hope is that you will continue the conversation in your parishes, schools and communities and develop a plan to make those recommendations a reality.

At the diocesan level, we will review and summarize the synthesis reports from the listening sessions, online participation survey, and family conversation starters into a working document that will inform our conversations during the Diocesan Pre-synodal Gathering in June. Following the June gathering, a 10-page diocesan synthesis report will be compiled and sent to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Beyond the diocese, the process will continue as follows:
During the Assembly of Bishops in Rome in October 2023, bishops will gather with Pope Francis "to speak and listen to one another on the basis on the Synodal Process that began at the local level... and discern at the universal level the voice of the Holy Spirit who has been speaking throughout the entire Church." (Vademecum, 3.4)

How are the listening sessions going?

Let us know how the Synod listening sessions are going in your community by completing this brief survey. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please remember that the deadline for conducting the listening sessions is the end of March and all reports are due by the end of April.
Complete Survey
On Saturday, June 11, we will gather delegates from across the diocese representing diverse peoples, ministries, communities, cultures and all walks of life. This will be a time for prayer, a time to reflect on what we have heard in the listening sessions, and a time to discern where the Holy Spirit is leading us as a diocese. More information coming soon!

Individual Participation Process

The online Individual Participation Process is now open and we will be accepting responses until March 31. Also available in Spanish.

The online process is an effort to include those who are not connected with a faith community and those who cannot participate in a gathered listening session for a number of different reasons.

PLEASE NOTE: The information gathered online will come directly to the diocese. We will not collect personal information except for some basic demographic data. We are also not tracking the respondent's parish. Therefore, parishes will not receive the data collected through the online process. 

Lenten Conversation Starters

During the Christmas season, we provided a handout with conversation starters for holidays gatherings with family and friends. We have updated the handout so that it can be used during Lent to engage family and friends in the Synod listening process, especially those who are disconnected from the Church. The handout is available in both English and Spanish.

Dolan Science Center, John Carroll University
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As the Catholic Church around the world enters into a process of discernment about the future, Pope Francis has called together an international group of experts to assist in preparing for the Synod on Synodality. Hear from Dr. Kristin Colberg, the only American on the synod's theological commission, as she shares her experiences in Rome and reflects on this call for the conversion of the whole church.

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