Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
We have just begun the opening of the Synod on Synodality for every diocese in the world. There are many questions and perhaps even confusion about the synod. This part of the synod is about listening-listening to the Holy Spirit and listening to others. Synod means journeying together. It means taking the time to listen to another’s story. It means listening to people we normally don’t talk with. It means listening to people we might not agree with. It means listening to people who are marginalized. Why is this important? Because every human person is a member of our family.
The Synod is meant for everyone to participate. That includes you. How can you participate? By following a three-step process.
- Please take the time to listen to another person’s story…perhaps someone you have been meaning to talk with but haven’t for one reason or another. Perhaps a neighbor, perhaps someone in Church whom you have seen but haven’t had a conversation with, perhaps someone who is struggling, someone that you may have different views on politics and the Church, someone who is poor.
- After listening to their story, ask them, “how has the Church journeyed with you?” “Is there anything you feel the Church can do to help you or do better?”
- Write a short summary of what you learned from that person. Then please send that summary to the chancery either via a letter or going to our website and submitting it on the diocesan synod page under the bishop’s office. (https://salinadiocese.org/office/bishops office/diocesan-synodD
Each diocese is asked to collect these “stories” and then write a report on the answers. This report will be sent to the Vatican by April 2022. In the fall of 2023, there will be a synod of bishops to discuss synodality. Let us pray together so that the reflections and exchanges of this endeavor might help us rediscover the joy of being the People of God who journeys together, listening to everyone.
In Christ’s service,
Bishop Gerland Vincke
Let us pray together so that the reflections and exchanges of this Assembly might help us rediscover the joy of being the People of God who journeys together, listening to everyone.
We invite and encourage you to have conversations and share your story.