Synod on Synodality: A Listening Church

Pope Francis Wants to Hear from YOU!

Pope Francis has invited us to a sacred time for the church to listen with the heart to those around us. This is an invitation for ALL PEOPLE to have their voices be heard. Whether you are a practicing Catholic, identify as a Baptized Christian, no longer identify as a Catholic/Christian, practice another faith tradition, or have no affiliation with a faith, Pope Francis is asking YOU to be part of the conversation!


General Synod Listening Sessions:

Monday, April 4
Thursday, April 7

Both sessions will be held at 7:30 PM in the Spiritan Campus Ministry Room loacted on the 2nd Floor inTowers. 

All are welcome to attend, no matter what denomination you are affiliated with or whether or not you have been involved with Campus Ministry. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Bill Christy via email.


What Is a Synod?

The word "synod" comes from a Greek word meaning the "same way" or "same path." It means to journey together or walk together. In the early Church, bishops would gather at a synod to talk about issues facing the Church. In October 2021, the Church entered into a synod. This year is like no other because it is not just for the bishops. We, the people of God, are invited into a two-year process of sharing, reflecting, and listening to each other and the Holy Spirit! The theme for this synod is "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. Come be part of the conversation.

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YOUR VOICE is Important to Spiritan Campus Ministry!

The synod is a time for us to truly walk with one another. No one gets excluded or left behind! 

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Three Questions:

  1. What does it mean for a community to walk together?
  2. What does walking together look like today in our community?
  3. What steps does the Spirit invite us to take to grow in our walking together?

As we reflect on the three questions above, Pope Francis has asked us to consider 10 focus areas: Companions on the Journey, Celebration, Sharing Responsibility for our Common Mission, Listening, Speaking Out, Dialogue in Church and Society, Ecumenism, Authority and Participation, Discerning and Deciding, and Forming Ourselves in Synodality. For more information on the ten categories, you can read about them on pages 5-8 of the Participant Guide below.

Let's do this together! No one gets excluded or left behind. Many members of our Duquesne community will be facilitating listening sessions to assure that each of you has a place to gather and share. Spiritan Campus Ministry will also be holding general sessions for anyone who wants their voice to be heard. Please be sure that your voice is heard. Take some time to prepare what you would like to share, pray about what the Holy Spirit is asking you to say, and finally, share with boldness!


Resources:

Looking for more information to facilitate a group or participate in one? There are step-by-step instructions to make the whole proces as seamless as possible for you! You can find more information below or by contacting Fr. Bill Christy at christyw458@duq.edu.