Synod on Synodality
Initiated by Pope Francis, the Synod on Synodality is a process of listening and dialogue which began in 2021 with a worldwide consultation of the People of God. The Synod continued with gatherings of delegates in Rome in October of 2023 and is expected to conclude in 2024.
Interim Phase of the Synod
During this interim phase between the two Synod Assemblies, the Vatican has invited local Churches to undertake a second consultation, this time on the theme of the co-responsibility of the baptized.
From January through March 2024, the Archdiocese of Seattle will undertake listening with several groups, including priests, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, the newly-formed Youth Council, and Chancery leadership. Parishes, schools, and other groups and organizations are invited to host sessions.
October 2023 Synod of Bishops
Pope Francis appointed more than 450 participants for the general assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality in October 2023, including religious men and women and laypeople from around the world. Archbishop Paul D. Etienne was among 20 appointed participants from the United States. The work of the delegates was guided by the Instrumentum Laboris for the Synod. (photo: CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Read the article about the October 2023 Synod from Northwest Catholic and Archbishop Etienne's reflection on his experience there.