Synod on Young People and Vocational Discernment

“The Church has decided to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective ways to announce the Good News today.” (Preparatory Document, Introduction)

Bishop Crosby with Youth

In January of 2017, the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops issued a preparatory document for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which will take place in October of 2018.  The theme for the Synod is, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”  The Diocese of Hamilton warmly welcome young people aged 16-29 to share their voice with the Universal Catholic Church and to offer insight on how we as a Diocese can be supporting our youth along their faith journey.

In March 2018 the Vatican invited young people from different faiths, countries and backgrounds  to join together in Rome for a Pre-Synodal Meeting.  There young people had the opportunity to share their own thoughts and experiences of being a young person in the world today. The young people engaged with one another, actively listened to the lived realities of their peers and collaborated to create a working Pre-Synodal Document to present to the Holy Father, which in turn inspired the Instrumentum Laboris which was then given to the Synodal Bishops.  

Read the Full Pre-Synodal Document

Read the Instrumentum Laboris


Finally in October 2018, Bishops from all across the world joined together for the “The Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”  These Bishops, young people and Pope Francis spent 25 days together, listening and discussing the realities of young people, the faith, and vocational discernment.  From this meeting a "Final Document" was written by the Bishops to share with Pope Francis to assist him in writing the Apostolic Exhortation- Christus Vivit. 

In April 2019 Pope Francis published the Apostolic Exhortation  -Chrisitus Vivit which was written to the Young People and Entire People of God. 

If you would like to purchase a published English or French Copy of the Apostolic Exhortation- Christus Vivit please contact the Office of Youth Ministry. 

You can find PDF versions of the Final Document and the Apostolic Exhortation- Christus Vivit below:

Final Document 

Apostolic Exhortation