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Synod on Synodality

As you are probably aware the “Synod on Synodality,” listening at the diocesan level, has concluded. We are most grateful to all those who organized, facilitated, and participated in the Listening Phase. Read the Archdiocesan Listening Phase Synod Synthesis Report:

Synthesis Reports were also prepared by each of Canada’s four Regional Episcopal Assemblies – Western, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions. Read the:

These four regional reports were then received by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and used to draft a national synthesis, which has been submitted to the General Secretariat of the Synod of the Holy See on 15 August 2022.

The national synthesis document is divided into 11 sections, collectively reflecting on the major themes of this process and the voices heard.

Read the: CCCB National Synod Synthesis Report (EN) or the Synode Sur La Synodalité (FR)

The national report is the culmination of a sincere listening exercise that occurred in every diocese across the country. What was most present in the regional reports has been included in the national synthesis, providing a thorough and thoughtful account of the exchanges which took place during the initial phase of the Synodal process.

“Catholics in Canada want their Church to be relevant and engaged in our world’s ongoing transformation. They recognize an urgent need for the Church to undergo a profound missionary renewal” said the Most Rev. Raymond Poisson, President of the CCCB, and member of the Canadian National Synthesis Writing Team.

“I found great encouragement and inspiration in the level of engagement I witnessed in this process. It showed that God remains at the center of the lives of many Canadians, and that many families feel a positive connection with the impact Catholic parishes are having in their communities” added the Most Rev. Richard Gagnon, former President of the CCCB, and also a member of the Canadian National Synthesis Writing Team.

The next phase of the Synodal process will involve the development of a “Document for the Continental Phase” by the General Secretariat of the Synod in Rome. Once complete, this document will serve as the source document for reflection during the continental phase. For this purpose, the CCCB will be working closely with the USCCB.

More information on the continental phase for North America will be released in the coming months. The Synodal process will conclude with the Synod of Bishops in Rome in the fall of 2023.

Synodality is the way of being the Church today according to the will of God, in a dynamic of discerning and listening together to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
– Pope Francis

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Here we are, oh Lord, available to You!

We are making our way with You and between us.

We wish to be truly synodal,

moving forward in harmony, spurred on by

the Holy Spirit.

Let us congregate ourselves, as local Churches,

in the unity of the one Church,

being the ecclesial “we” that celebrate

your Body and Blood and center on them.

Give us the grace of being the holy family that lives

the Gospel and is nourished by the Eucharist.

Let us live always, and especially this time,

in the communion with your Body and Blood;

so that, although there are many of us on this Synodal Path,

we may bear witness of being one single body

for we all share in one loaf, in You, Lord,

Bread of Life and Life in abundance.