In March 2020, Pope Francis announced that the theme for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023 would be “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission”.
The journey towards the celebration of the Synod opened in October 2021 in dioceses around the world and Pope Francis has invited the entire Church to reflect on this theme that is decisive for its life and mission. All Catholics are invited to take part in the diocesan consultation process to promote a sense of communion and journeying together.
The fundamental question that guides this consultation of the People of God is the following: A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together:” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your particular Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”?
In order to respond, you are invited to read and reflect on material created for this event. Reflection material can be found here: https://www.catholic.org.au/synodalchurch
The portal below accepts submissions of your or your group’s reflection of 250 words or less. If you would like to make a larger submission, please send it directly to your diocese. When you are ready to submit your response, click on the button below. These responses will be sent to your diocese to form part of the diocesan contribution to the Synod of Bishops.