Synod Update

Second Archdiocesan Synod

Our Archdiocese’s second-ever Synod was completed over three days during the recent Pentecost weekend. Archbishop Hebda, when he first came to the Twin Cities, identified his desire to utilize a Synod to identify pastoral priorities that can direct the Church in the coming years. He made clear that he wanted to use Pope Francis’ “listening Church” model. By utilizing this model, Bishop Hebda said he was reinforcing his “confidence that comes from believing that the Holy Spirit works in the faithful, and… we’re able to recognize the promptings of the Holy Spirit”.
 
Archbishop Hebda began this synodal process, with the assistance of Bishop Cozzens and Bishop Williams, by hosting 20 general public listening events in 2019- 2020 throughout the Archdiocese. These events resulted in over 35,000 comments on what was working well in the Archdiocese, challenges and opportunities for change. 
 
Following those public meetings, most parishes, including The Basilica, held six parish consultation meetings with various small groups during the fall of 2021 on topics raised. Scores of individuals from The Basilica attended these consultation meetings and provided their input. 
 
Approximately 10 members from The Basilica who participated in these fall consultations met again in early 2022 to further discuss and provide feedback on potential priorities for the Archdiocese. The Archbishop requested that each pastor select two members from this group to represent their parish to the Synod Assembly. 
 
Finally, Fr. Bauer, Chip Brink and Mary Gleich-Matthews attended the Synod representing The Basilica. Approximately 500 Catholics from parishes and representative groups in our Archdiocese prayed, discussed and provided input on 40 propositions for future Archdiocesan priorities. After fruitful discernment, discussion and voting, the final focus areas for future Archdiocesan priorities emerged. 
 
1) Parishes
a) Welcoming Parishes
b) Active Collaboration with the Lay Leadership
c) Liturgy
d) Sharing the Gospel in Word and Deed
2) Lifelong Learning and Universal Call to Holiness.
3) Youth and Young Adult Support to Keep the Church Forever Young.
 
Archbishop Hebda has promised to review and pray on all input he has received from delegates at the Synod and all participants in the synodal process over the past three years and anticipates publishing a pastoral letter by the Feast of Christ the King in late November, 2022 which will address the Synod’s topics and the pastoral plan to shape the Archdiocese in the next 5 to 10 years.
 
 
Chip Brink and Mary Gleich-Matthews, 
Synod Parish Delegates 

 

Last Call for Vatican Synod Survey

The Vatican Synod survey will close Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. CDT. Please continue to encourage parishioners to take the survey at archspm.org/vaticansurvey. Find further information and resources below.

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