Encountering Christ through the Synodal Process
Encountering Christ through the Synodal Process in the Archdiocese of Baltimore
Pope Francis once remarked that every crisis contains both danger and opportunity. As we remain in the midst of the pandemic, in the midst of a financial crisis, still working through the twin crises of abuse and leadership failures, our Church has just begun an important global synodal journey. This “journey together” — the literal meaning of synodality — began in dioceses across the world on 17 October and offers hope for the future of our Church. Pope Francis has asked each bishop in the world to consult with the people of his parishes and listen to how the Holy Spirit is speaking through them.
Many have called this a “synod on synodality,” because the intention of the Holy Father is to seek out, listen to, and learn from the people about what is needed to make our parishes, our Church, and our faith stronger. Synodality is co-responsibility in action: it’s bringing together lay, religious, and ordained leaders to dialogue, listen and lead together.
We encourage you to take some time to prayerfully reflect on the following questions and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your responses. Pope Francis sincerely wants to hear from you. Your response will be forwarded to Archbishop Lori (to be included in our archdiocesan report to Pope Francis) and will be reviewed by our parish staff in order to better serve you. Please do so by Friday 17 December.
A Synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together”– a journey that includes all the people of God.