Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Synod Summary Document

Pope Francis is seeking input, from ALL members of the laity, especially those whose voice is not typically heard. The Synod on Synodality is a two-year process of listening and dialogue beginning in of 2021. The synodal process will conclude in 2023.

In the diocesan phase, we invited everyone to attend Synod Listening Session. The diocese has prepared a summary document on these consultations, which can be viewed below.

The USCCB then compiled these diocesan summaries into a National Synthesis of the People of God in the United States of America. The synthesis marks the completion of the Diocesan Phase of the synod.

Prayer for the 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.

The Church has become increasingly aware that synodality is the path for the entire people of God. It’s a journeying together of all the faithful since all the baptized, both the hierarchy and the laity, are called to be active participants in the saving mission of the Church. There are a diversity of gifts and charisms among all the faithful for the renewal and building up of the Church. All of us have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation.

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