The “Synod on Synodality: Communion, Participation, and Mission”
is a two-year process of listening and dialogue beginning in 2021 and concluding in 2023.

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: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through her experience which processes can help her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open herself to mission. (Courtesy of USCCB).

An invitation from Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez

Listen to Archbishop Pérez’s homily from the opening Mass of the Synod
October 17, 2021

“We’re a church that listens.” Hear from Archbishop Pérez in his recent vlog with CatholicPhilly.com.

Attend a Listening Session

By virtue of Baptism, you have a voice in the Church, and she wishes to hear you. Listening sessions at the local, regional and archdiocesan levels will take place this spring, both in person and virtually. Each session will be led by trained facilitators from our communities.

To register for a regional synodal session in person or virtually, please CLICK the link below:

REGISTRATION: Archdiocese of Philadelphia Synod Sessions

For sessions at the local level, please contact your parish, institution or local community leader.

Disciple Maker Index Survey

Each diocese will carry out the Synodal Process in a way that best responds to their local circumstances. In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, we are working with Catholic Leadership Institute to implement the Disciple Maker Index (DMI) survey at every parish in the Archdiocese from March 2 to April 4, 2022. The DMI survey is a nationally recognized survey administered at parishes around the United States and Canada since 2013 by The Catholic Leadership Institute. The results from this survey will provide baseline feedback that will be added to the feedback received through the engagement sessions in March and April. Maximum participation will be encouraged through all Archdiocesan structures and communication channels to involve the greatest number of people as possible.

Take the Disciple Maker Index survey using the link below.

Catholic Leadership Institute Disciple Maker Index Survey link

PLEASE NOTE: Please select your parish or the parish you attend most often if you are not registered in a parish to complete the Disciple Maker Index.

Information for Pastors, Community Leaders and Facilitators

In order to offer as many of the faithful as possible with multiple opportunities to participate and be heard, synodal consultations will be held archdiocesan-wide through both in-person regional meetings and virtual meetings utilizing Zoom. In both cases, the meetings will be facilitated by Catholic Leadership Institute and will last approximately 2 hours, including breakout sessions for participants. In-person sessions will be held on the weekends of March 19-20 and April 2-3. Virtual meetings will be held during the intervening weeks. Locations are currently being determined for in-person meeting. That information will be communicated soon along with further details about the virtual format so that you may relay it to the members of your community and encourage their participation.

Additionally, there will be local synodal meetings. Each parish is being encouraged to hold local meetings best suited to that community. Institutions and communities sponsored and supported by the Archdiocese are also being encouraged to offer the opportunity of synodal consultations for their members. To assist parishes, Archdiocesan institutions and communities in holding these local consultations, training for synod facilitators will be held mid-February and early March, both in-person and virtually. This training will provide facilitators with the information and materials needed to conduct locally what will take place at the Archdiocesan-wide in-person and virtual regional listening sessions.

Pastors and leaders of institutions and communities are invited to identify members of their communities to be trained as facilitators for local synodal sessions they wish to hold by using the following link (https://surveymonkey.com/r/phlsynodfacilitators). Training has been happening throughout February. Based on need, additional training dates may also be established. Once you have submitted names for training, information regarding training sessions will be sent directly to the nominated facilitators.

Virtual meetings will be recorded and available for viewing by those unable to attend a scheduled session.

Synod Timeline

Local Facilitators Training (February – March)

February 15th – March 1st (for the training of Archdiocesan parish, institution and community facilitators)

Archdiocesan-wide Listening Sessions (March – April)

In-person Meetings: March 19th/20th & April 2nd/3rd
(facilitated by Catholic Leadership Institute)

Virtual Sessions: March 19th through April 9th
(facilitated by Catholic Leadership Institute)

Local Sessions (March – May)

Archdiocesan Sponsored Sessions for specific groups and communities
(facilitated by Catholic Leadership Institute)

Parish Sponsored Sessions
(facilitated by Catholic Leadership Institute)

Non-Formal Opportunities for Consultation (March – May)
Opportunity for anyone to contribute to the Archdiocesan consultation
individually via the Archdiocesan Synod webpage, through means of an electronic submission.

Submission of feedback from all Synodal Consultations (through May)
Module will be provided for local consultations to submit feedback from meetings.

Archdiocesan Pre-Synodal Meeting with Liturgical Celebration (early to mid-June)
Conclusion of the Archdiocesan Synodal Consultation

Submission of Archdiocesan Synodal Report (by June 30th)

Synod Resources

To learn more about the synod in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please send inquiries to [email protected].

Official Synod Website

Preparatory Document from the Vatican

Official Handbook for Listening and Discernment in Local Churches (Vademecum)

Vatican Prayers for the Synod

Prayer for Synod on Synodality

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance
lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together
to eternal life and not stray
from the way of truth and what is right.

All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.

Amen.

Adsumus Sancte Spiritus

Nos encontramos ante ti, Espíritu Santo,
al reunirnos como familia en tu nombre.
Solo tú eres nuestro guía,
haz de nuestros corazones tu hogar.

Enséñanos el camino que debemos seguir
y la manera en que debemos recorrerlo.
Somos débiles y pecadores;
no nos dejes impulsar el desorden.

No dejes que la ignorancia nos lleve por el camino equivocado,
ni la preferencia influya en nuestras acciones.
Permite que encontremos en ti nuestra unidad,
para que caminemos juntos hacia la vida eterna
y no nos desviemos del camino de la verdad
y de lo que es lo correcto.

Te pedimos todo esto a ti,
que estás presente en todo lugar y en todo tiempo,
en comunión con el Padre y el Hijo,
por los siglos de los siglos.

Amén

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