In the photo above, Pope Francis joins with auditors of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family as he arrives for the afternoon session at the Vatican on October 10th, 2014. (CNS photo)

Closing date for the questionnaire is February 28, thank you for your participation.

Synod 2015 Questionnaire

Synod of Bishops


The Vocation and Mission of the Family
in the Church and Contemporary World

Pope Francis has called a Synod of Marriage and Family to be held in October of 2015 which is to include Bishops from around the world. The Bishops have been asked to provide input on the Lineamenta, the working document from the Extraordinary Synod in 2014, in preparation for the 2015 Synod.

View or print the Lineamenta:

You are invited to participate in the
gathering of information from the Diocese of Hamilton:

Responses can be made online, or by printing the questionnaire and mailing your responses to us no later than FEBURARY 27, 2015.

You are encouraged, to mail typed answers should you choose the "Download, Print & Mail" option.

The "Print & Mail" questionnaire can be mailed to:

Family Ministry Office
Diocese of Hamilton
700 King Street West,
Hamilton, ON, L8P 1C7

Or faxed to:

(905) 528-1088

Focus Groups

We will be offering two sessions for those who wish to comment in person. The group sessions will be facilitated by Bishop Miehm, Auxiliary Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese and Teresa Hartnett, Director of the Family Ministry Office. Your input during the Focus Groups will be aided by reading the working document of the 2014 Synod, the "Lineamenta", which can be downloaded and printed above.

If you plan to attend, you are asked to RRSP.

By phone: 905-528-7988 ext. 2249 or e-mail

You may join in a focus group on either:

Tuesday, February 17th at:

St. Michael Parish
240 Hemlock Street,
7pm - 9pm

Thursday, February 19th at:

Diocese of Hamilton
Chancery Office
700 King Street West, Hamilton
7pm - 9pm

Inside the Extraordinary Synod of 2014

From October 5th to 19th, all eyes were on Rome as the Synod of Bishops convened. As the local churches around the world discussed the vocation and the pastoral challenges to the family in preparation for the 2015 Synod of Bishops. Salt and Light presents this general recap of the events that took place in the fall of 2014.

Learn more about this Extraordinary Synod on our special feature page...