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Towards a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission

Pope Francis has launched a Synod in Rome with the theme “For a synodal Church: communion, participation, mission.” This Synod is an opportunity for Catholics to dialogue and discern how the Holy Spirit is inviting us to journey together as a Church. 

This is a multi-year process of prayer, communion, and participation with the goal of answering the question:

“How does this journeying together allow the Church to proclaim the Gospel in accordance with the mission entrusted to Her; and what steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow as a synodal Church?”

Synod Reports to Date

The preparation for the Synod of Bishops in 2023 continues as reports of each country and continent are prepared based on the local reports.

Let us pray for the success of the synod and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as the Church embarks on the path of synodality – the way of walking together with the Lord. Click on each respective document below to view/download.

Thank you to all who participated in the initial stage of the preparation for the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in Rome in October 2023 on the theme of Synodality: Communion, Participation and Mission. Over 2,000 submissions were received in the Diocese of Hamilton, including both individual and group responses. Every effort was made to include your thoughts in the Diocesan summary, which is provided below for your further reflection.

The Diocesan summary was forwarded to the Assembly of Ontario Bishops (ACBO) and is included in the summary of responses which were received from the Dioceses and Eparchies in Ontario. A copy of this summary report is provided below for your further reflection.

Diocese of Hamilton Synod Results

Summary from the Diocese of Hamilton, entitled "Audito Vocatione."

Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario Report

Regional Synodal Synthesis Report, dated July 8th, 2022.

National Synthesis for Canada

Synod on Synodality, dated August 31, 2022.

Working Document for the Continental Stage

Released October 2022, entitled "Enlarge the Space of Your Tent."

Continental Writing Retreat Press Release

Released February 21, 2023.

Instrumentum Laboris

A document of the whole Church. Released June 20, 2023.