Synodal Path | Diocesan Phase
The Synod on Synodality is a two-year process of listening and dialogue which began in October 2021 with solemn opening liturgies in Rome and in dioceses around the world. The diocesan phase of listening has been extended, and continues throughout Spring 2022, and the global synodal process will conclude in 2023.
The word “Synod” comes from a Greek word which means, “to be on the journey together.” Following an ancient model, the contemporary Synod of Bishops was established as an institution after the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), to advise the Pope on important aspects of Church life and mission. Recent synods have included consultations on evangelization (2012), family life (2015), and young people (2018).
Throughout his papacy, Pope Francis has emphasized that synodality involves the whole Church. The theme for the 2021-2023 synodal initiative is synodality itself, with the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” All are encouraged to be part of this process.
The Synodal Path in the Diocese of Youngstown
Throughout the diocese, listening and dialogues have and are taking place in parishes, among parish councils, and in regions. The worldwide Synodal Path (2021-2023) will also involve an implementation stage, again the local level.
Additionally, many have participated in our online survey and reflection tool. Because the diocesan phase has been extended by the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops, all are invited to continue to utilize our online tool. It continues to be monitored by Msgr. John Zuraw, our diocese’s Synod Contact Person, as he works with consultative bodies to prepare the report that will go to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.