XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops


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

The journey towards the celebration of the Synod in October 2023 opened on October 9-10, 2021 in Rome, and on October 17 in each particular Church.

On September 7, 2021, the preparatory document and the vademecum (handbook) for the synodal journey were released. With the convocation of the Synod of Bishops on the themes of communion, participation and mission, Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium. This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s ‘renewal’ proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task.”



 An introduction to the Synod of Bishops | Credit: Sydney Centre for Evangelisation


Diocesan Consultation Phase

All Catholics are invited to take part in the diocesan consultation process to promote a sense of communion and journeying together. Click on the resources below if you wish to participate as a group

You may also wish to reflect on the synod questions as an individual:

You can make your submission to the Synod of Bishops by clicking 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.


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

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