The impetus: The Upcoming synod

A “Synod” is a gathering of Bishops throughout the world, called by the Pope, to reflect together on contemporary issues of faith and life. The word ‘Synod’ means “to walk together” as one Catholic (universal) Church. Beginning in 1967, after the Second Vatican Council, the acting Popes have desired to gather every few years with the Bishops across the world for consultation on a particular topic. In October 2018, Pope Francis will host the next Synod on the topic of Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.

In January 2017, Pope Francis wrote a Letter to Young People and the Vatican released a Preparatory Document with questions for reflection, and asked that dioceses throughout the world answer these questions to provide feedback on their local experience. This feedback will be gathered from dioceses across the world and form the starting point for the Synod conversation in October 2018.


The Diocese of Dallas Response to the invitation to gather feedback


Bishop Edward J. Burns is calling delegations from throughout the Diocese of Dallas to gather for a Convocation on Youth, Campus, & Young Adult Ministries and Vocational Discernment as a way to offer feedback Pope Francis's Synod.  The Convocation will be a three day series of listening sessions occuring July 27-29, 2017 at St. Rita Catholic Community with different focus audiences including youth, young adults, pastors, ministry leaders, parents, volunteers, key stakeholders, and representatives from various faith traditions.  Catholic parishes, organizations, and other faith traditions receive invitation to send a delegation.  Delegation leaders register their representatives as a group.


Everyone, Catholics and non-Catholics, in the Diocese of Dallas are invited to offer feedback through an online survey.  The information gleaned from the surveys will be compiled along with the feedback given at the convocation.  Complete your survey today!