Synod 2023 Update

Written on: March 4, 2023

Communion, Participation, Mission

Submitted by Sr. Barbara Schiavoni, GNSH

The Global Synod is now in the “Continental Stage.” The theme for this phase of the Synod is

“Enlarge the space for your tent, spread out your tent cloths unsparingly; lengthen your ropes and make firm your pegs.” (Isaiah 54:2)

Beginning in 2021, Synod listening sessions were held throughout the world in dioceses and Catholic organizations, educational institutions and religious congregations. The GNSH held two listening sessions with Sisters and Associates in March 2022. Responses from the worldwide listening sessions, including ours, were compiled into the “Document for the Continental Stage” (DCS).  Click here for the .pdf document

Earlier this month, Srs. Denise Roche and Barbara Schiavoni participated in a Zoom call with other U.S. based Catholic organizations. In small groups, we shared our reflections on the DCS. It was heartening to interact with lay professionals who are passionate about the future of the church. Reflections on the DCS from groups throughout the world will form the basis for the working document for the first session of the Synod to be held at the Vatican in October 2023.

May the Holy Spirit guide and renew the Church as we walk together in faith, hope and love!


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