August 22, 2023

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary to Host The 2023 Cardinals’ Forum

The discussion will consider the “Instrumentum Laboris” in light of the upcoming General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will host The Cardinals’ Forum on Tuesday, August 29, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Vianney Hall Auditorium on the Overbrook campus of the Seminary. This year’s discussion, entitled “SYNODALITY… a style, a mentality, a spirituality, a pastoral model,” will consider the “Instrumentum Laboris” and its vision of synodality and the synodal process. This forum comes in anticipation of Synod 2021-2024 in Rome where the first meeting will take place from October 4-29, 2023.

The “Instrumentum Laboris,” a document that brings together the experiences of dioceses around the world over the last two years, forms the basis for the work to be discussed at the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on synodality. The Cardinals’ Forum will center on section #59 of the “Instrumentum Laboris,” which emphasizes the importance of formation in establishing the synodal way as a pastoral model for the Church’s life and action.

Seminary faculty will offer thoughts on this document and engage the audience in a discussion of the topic. The event is open to the public, with free admission, and will also be livestreamed via

Reverend Patrick Brady, Seminary Vice Rector, will moderate the forum. Panelists include Dr. John Haas, the Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology; Reverend Thomas Dailey, OSFS, the Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications; and Dr. Nathan Knutson, the Louise Francesco Chair in Sacred Music. Reverend Keith Chylinski, Rector of the Seminary, will introduce the event.

“As we gather to mark the beginning of this new year of formation, this event will be a good opportunity to reflect as preparations are underway for the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome,” said Father Chylinski, Rector. “I am very grateful to Fr. Dailey for all of his hard work in putting this forum together.”

The annual series was named for the first endowed professorships at the Seminary. Its purpose is to advance the academic formation of Seminary students and provide continuing education for the lay faithful about topics of contemporary concern in the Church. Further details, along with an archive of previous events, can be accessed via the Seminary’s website at

About Saint Charles Seminary

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary was founded as the Roman Catholic seminary for the Diocese of Philadelphia in 1832, making it the oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in the state of Pennsylvania. As of August 2023, the Seminary has an overall enrollment of 147 seminarians, 72 of which study for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. There are 36 new seminarians enrolled this fall, making it one of the largest incoming classes in several years. Thanks to the prayers and generosity of so many people, the seminary has been able to continue its mission of forming future priests continuously for the last 192 years, both for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as well as many other dioceses and religious orders throughout the country and around the world.

For more information on Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, please call 610-667-3394 or visit


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Alaina N. Longo
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