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The Fundamental Question | Synod 2021-23

The Fundamental Question | Synod 2021-23

THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION The Synod poses the following fundamental question: A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your particular Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in...

Individual Discernment Process | Synod 2021-23

Individual Discernment Process | Synod 2021-23

Individual Discernment If you wish to make an individual response, then this simple process may help you develop clarity about what you want to say.Take some silent time to pray about how you will arrive at your response. Don’t focus on the theme initially. Instead...

Group Discernment Process | Synod 2021-23

Group Discernment Process | Synod 2021-23

A Spiritual Conversation (for groups) A suitable method for group dialogue which resonates with the principles of synodality is the Spiritual Conversation method, which promotes active participation, attentive listening, reflective speaking, and spiritual discernment....

Tips for Promoting the Synod

Tips for Promoting the Synod

Tips for promoting the Synod in your parish Have some paper copies of the 'Participation Booklet' at the back of the Church for people to pick up. Put a poster up in the foyer, meeting rooms, office etc. Use your parish app, newsletter, email distribution groups and...

Scripture for Reflection | Synod 2021-23

Scripture for Reflection | Synod 2021-23

The Preparatory Document explores two "images" from Scripture to inspire our journey of building a synodal church. The first image is Jesus, the Crowd, the Apostles. The second is A Double Dynamic of Conversion, looking at the story of Peter and Cornelius (Acts 10)....

Exploring the Preparatory Document

Exploring the Preparatory Document

Join Bishop Steve Lowe (Diocese of Hamilton as) he explores the preparatory document for the Synod 2021-23: Communion, Participation & Mission in this five part video series.  Click here to access a copy of the Preparatory Document.

Synod 2021-2023

Synod 2021-2023

Ehara taku toa, i te toa takitahi, ēngari e toa takitini. My success is not mine alone, it is ours. The greatest success we will have is from working together. Pope Francis has invited the Catholic Church to embark on a journey together. Through listening and...

For a Synodal Church

For a Synodal Church

Pope Francis has approved a dramatic shakeup to the next Synod of Bishops, pushing the physical gathering of Bishops from around world out a year (to 2023) and asking every diocese in the world to begin a local process of listening and walking together in October...

Roadmaps for Transformation

Roadmaps for Transformation

In November 2020, a small team delivered the 'Diocese of Palmerston North 2020 Update' in various locations around the Diocese. As part of this 'Update', I delivered a short presentation called 'Roadmaps for Transformation'. This article is a summary of that...

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