Synod is our moment in history – Herald of Hope by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki
Randy Nohl, director of the John Paul II Center and chairman of the Synod Preparation Commission, developed the following timeline for how parishes, clusters and districts are to prepare for the synod.
May 19, 2013
Pentecost Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki officially announces the 2014 Archdiocesan Synod for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, to be held June 7-8, 2014.
Parish leadership reflection sessions
Parishes hold reflection sessions for parish staff and pastoral council members on the Archbishop Listecki’s pastoral letter, “Who Do You Say That I Am?”
What is a synod?
Brian T. Olszewski
In his decree convoking the June 7-8, 2014 Archdiocese of Milwaukee Synod, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki stated a synod “is an assembly of members of Christ’s faithful in a diocese which, for the good of the whole diocesan community, assists the diocesan bishop in his care for the community by proposing direction and priorities.”
Prepare for parish/cluster reflection sessions
Parishes prepare for parish/cluster reflection sessions to be held in the fall.
Parish/cluster reflection sessions
Parishes and clusters hold a session based on the pastoral letter to give input on shaping the future of the archdiocese. Pastoral goals and future initiatives will begin to be identified.
Each district holds a gathering to pray, dialogue and further discern the goals and initiatives identified at the parish and cluster sessions.
June 7-8, 2014
Synod Pentecost weekend
Delegates representing parishes, priests, deacons, religious communities, lay groups and Catholic high schools, colleges and universities will attend.
Synod will focus on prayer, presentations, discussion and formal approval of pastoral priorities for parishes and the archdiocese.
Synod to close with a Mass to celebrate God’s blessings and seek God’s guidance.
Archbishop Listecki issues “synodal declaration”
Archbishop Listecki issues a “synodal declaration” identifying goals, priorities and recommendations for implementing the vision of the synod.