Parramatta Diocese has launched its “draft synthesis” document as part of the local consultation phase for the global Synod on Synodality. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Between October and March, individuals and groups were invited to reflect on, and respond, to a series of questions across the Synod of Bishops’ themes of communion, participation and mission.
The diocese received more than 650 responses, which were then compiled into the 10-page draft synthesis, titled “Go Out Into The Deep: Become the Church Christ calls us to be”.
The document was launched at the diocese’s Synod of Bishops Exhibition Night, held online on April 21. The evening was hosted by the Diocesan Committee for the Consultation on the Synod of Bishops and the Diocesan Synod Writing Group.
Feedback on the Synod logo set the scene for what the Synod is trying to achieve: people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, especially people whose voices are not often heard, walking together as one towards a common purpose.
Anastasia Boulus, a member of the writing group, led those present through a summary of the responses. From the responses received, the writing group drew out seven themes.
The themes explored and acknowledged the existing synodality of the diocese through pastoral councils, approaches of leadership, school commitments, and the wisdom of religious institutes. The themes also highlighted areas for growth and transformation, particularly in: cultural inclusion and welcome; embracing the spirit of Vatican II; transparent and synodal leadership; more opportunities for education and formation; greater inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTQIA+ Catholics and those of other faiths; and creative and welcoming liturgies.
Read the Draft Synthesis at parracatholic.org/synod-of-bishops. Responses will be presented to Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. today.
Synthesis Exhibition night celebrates the continuing journey of Synod (By Sr Sophie Boffa, Catholic Outlook)
Dioceses preparing reports for Synod of Bishops process. (ACBC Media Blog)