Synod Update

Here’s a Year 1 and Year 2 recap — looking forward to Year 3 and small groups. Watch for more to come. 

Year 1 (2019-2020): The Church Listens

Prayer & Listening Events

  • 30 Prayer & Listening events (19 open and 11 focus) held and attended by Archbishop Hebda.
  • Over 8,000 faithful attended providing over 35,000 comments on what is working well in the Archdiocese and challenges and opportunities as we move forward together.
  • Based on this feedback, along with other consultations and discernment, Archbishop Hebda determined these broad Focus Areas that will shape the 2021 Deanery and Parish Consultation process.
    1. Forming parishes that are in the service of evangelization;
    2. Forming missionary disciples who know Jesus’s love and respond to his call; and
    3. Forming youth and young adults in and for a Church that is always young.

Year 2 (2020-2021): The Church Prepares

Fall Prayer and Study

  • Online talks and tools for praying with scripture and growing in holiness. (5 sessions)
  • Virtual retreat focused on healing and hope. (5 sessions)

Winter/Spring Prayer and Study

  • Presentations on key topics of faith and culture. (4 sessions)
  • Lent: “Synod at Home – Growing in Faith Together.”
  • Spring: Live events on the Focus Areas.

Year 3 (2021-2022): The Church Engages

Fall 2021: Parish Consultation Process with Small Groups

  • Small groups meet in every parish to learn, pray, and discuss the Focus Areas.
  • Parish feedback on the Focus Areas will help determine the Synod Topics.

January/February 2022: Deanery Consultation Process

  • Pastors and parish representatives gather to learn, pray, and discuss the Focus Areas.
  • Deanery feedback informs the Parish Consultation Process.

June 2022: Archdiocesan Synod Assembly (Pentecost Weekend)

  • Approximately 500 appointed delegates (including two from each parish) gather to learn, pray, and discuss the Synod Topics and recommend pastoral priorities to Archbishop Hebda.
  • After considering the Synod recommendations, Archbishop writes a Pastoral Letter (Nov. – Feast of Christ the King), leading to a Pastoral Plan to move our Archdiocese into the future.

February 5th, 2021