XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Synodal ChurchAn introduction to the Synod of Bishops
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INTRODUCTION | DIOCESAN CONSULTATION | CONTRIBUTING AS A GROUP | REFLECTING AS AN INDIVIDUAL | SUBMIT YOUR RESPONSE
OTHER RESOURCES | THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS AND THE PLENARY COUNCIL | NEWS

 

Introduction


In March 2020, Pope Francis announced that the theme for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023 would be “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission”.

The journey towards the celebration of the Synod opened in October 2021 in dioceses around the world and Pope Francis has invited the entire Church to reflect on this theme that is decisive for its life and mission. All Catholics are invited to take part in the diocesan consultation process to promote a sense of communion and journeying together.

Australian Diocesan Consultation Phase (October 2021-April 2022)


The fundamental question that guides this consultation of the People of God is the following: A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together:” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your particular Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”? 

In order to respond, you are invited to read and reflect on the questions in the material provided and submit your response. You can contribute as a group or as an individual.

Contributing as a group


Reflecting on Synodality as a group is the best way to journey together. Contact your parish/diocese to find out how you can join a group. Or, get together with friends and family to form your own group! You may even want to consider reaching out to others beyond your parish community and invite them to take part. Their voice matters too!

Use the guides below (one for each theme) and follow the instructions within the guide to submit your response.

Reflecting as an individual


You may also wish to reflect on the synod questions as an individual: Here are the resources to guide you through the process.

Submit your response


When you are ready to submit your response, click on the button below. These responses will be sent to your diocese to form part of the diocesan contribution to the Synod of Bishops.


 Other Resources

The Synod of Bishops and the Plenary Council

The Catholic Church in Australia is currently celebrating the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, with assemblies in October 2021 and July 2022. The Plenary Council and Synod of Bishops processes will overlap, and a national committee has created a timeline to explain how the processes will unfold.

Click here to access the Synod of Bishops and Plenary Council timeline (updated November 18, 2021)

News

Information about the Synod of Bishops will be provided on this website. Check back regularly for updates.