The following introduction and summary are provided to give respondents a context that will be useful in responding to the questions put forward by the Holy See.

Below please find a link that will take you to a dedicated webpage where you may provide and submit your answers. Responses to the questions should be returned by Monday, March 9, 2014 utilizing the form provided via the link below only.

You may submit the form electronically after completion by clicking the “submit” button or mail a printed version to:

Reverend Dennis Gill
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299.

The recent 2014 Synod of Bishops in Rome met to discuss the topic, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, and issued a final document called the Relatio Synodi. This final document is the preparatory document or the Lineamenta for the next Synod of Bishops in Rome. This Synod will take place from October 4 to 25, 2015, with the topic, The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World. Once again, as with the most recent Synod of Bishop, the Office of the Synod of Bishops invites a process of broad consultation among every component of the local Church, including academic institutions, organizations, lay movements and other ecclesial associations.

CONSULTATION The principal document for this broad consultation is the Relatio Synodi or the Lineamenta which can be found in English in its complete form on the Vatican Website, The consultation requires a thoughtful reading and reflection on this document and a response to questions that accompany it. These questions, listed below for your convenience, are arranged according to the outline of the document and are preceded in some instances by a summary of its principal points.

This instrument is designed to be electronically disseminated and collated. Pastors, academic leaders, leaders of Catholic agencies and organizations, leaders of religious congregations and lay movements and ecclesial associations, are asked to distribute this consultation as widely as possible. Individual as well as organized group responses are acceptable responses to this consultation.

RESPONSES Responses to the above questions are to be returned by Monday, March 9, 2015, to this designated e-mail address, All responses will be collated and form a general response of the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to assist with the preparation for the 2015 Synod of Bishops. Thank you for your time and interest in this consultation. Let us pray together for the greater proclamation of the Gospel and its reception among us on Christian family.


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