The first phase in of the 2023 Synod on Synodality has now been completed in the Archdiocese of St. John’s.
The Archdiocesan local Listening Process was overseen and facilitated by the Redemptorist Adult Faith Formation Team (RAFFT).
- Thirteen focus groups gathered in different parts of the Archdiocese, either in person or online. In each focus group, discussion and conversation revolved around the ten themes in the preparatory document.
- People also had the opportunity to respond to the ten themes by means of an online survey. Thirty responses were received, each of them commenting on all ten themes.
- The consultation extended to all regions of the Archdiocese.
People who participated in the Listening Process, whether through Focus Groups or by participation in the online Questionnaire, expressed great willingness and even excitement to take part.
The consultation process that is the Synodal Path was well received. It was clear from all participants that they had a love and affection for the Church, even in difficult times.
Many controversial issues were discussed and variety of opinions shared. However, it was done in an atmosphere animated by mutual respect and sincerity.
Throughout the consultation, there was a forward-looking spirit that took seriously the call to proclaim the Gospel today which bodes well for the future of the Archdiocese.
Our Archdiocesan report has now been sent to the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly where an Atlantic Regional Report will be prepared. This Regional Report will be sent to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) where a National Synthesis will be prepared. Once reviewed and approved, this National Synthesis will be sent to Rome. This Synthesis, along with Syntheses from all the other Catholic Conferences of the world, will be the basis for the discussion and discernment of the Assembly of Bishops in Synod in October of 2023.
Our thanks goes out to RAFFT and to all the individuals and groups whose involvement and input have contributed to the participation of the Archdiocese of St. John’s in this first phase of the 2023 Synod on Synodality.