Synod on Synodality

Vatican Synod Newsletter by the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops

Archdiocese of Edmonton Synod Synthesis Special thanks to the 4,000 Participants across 350 Listening Sessions who led, participated, and prayed for the Synod on Synodality Archdiocesan phase. Archdiocesan Final Synod Synthesis (EN)

Assembly of Western Bishops Synthesis Each of Canada’s four Regional Episcopal Assemblies: Western, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions, also prepared reports which were synthesized by the Western Bishops into one Western Canada Report Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops regional report (EN)

Assemblée des évêques catholiques de l’Ouest Synthèse des rapports synodaux (FR)

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops National Synthesis The four regional reports were then received by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and used to draft a National Synthesis CCCB National Synod Synthesis Report (EN)

Synode Sur La Synodalité (FR)

Source document for the Continental Phase This document served as a reflection tool as the US and Canadian Bishops gathered in prayerful discernment to complete the Continental Synthesis Enlarge the Space of Your Tent

North America Continental Synthesis Report 12 virtual assemblies: seven in English, two in French, and three in Spanish

931 delegates (six from the Archdiocese of Edmonton) and 146 Bishops from Canada (including Archbishop Smith) and the United States were appointed to participate in one of these twelve virtual assemblies to share their reflections and responses.

North American Final Document for the Continental Stage: 

Six Continental Reports These six Continental Synthesis  reports formed the foundation of the Instrumentum Laboris Continental Reports

Instrumentum Laboris The working tool for the 16th General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, October 2023 Instrumentum Laboris

Earlier this year, Pope Francis announced that participation in the Synod in October 2023 would be expanded to include non-bishop members, which would be a group of individuals from each of the regional groupings of episcopal conferences. The four non-bishop voting delegates from Canada and the United States chosen to represent the North America region are:

  • Sami Aoun, Maronite Eparchy of Saint Maron
  • Catherine Clifford, Archdiocese of Gatineau
  • Sr. Chantal Desmarais, s.c.s.m., Diocese of Joliette
  • Linda Staudt, Diocese of London

Read the full story click here including the CCCB statement.

View the complete list of all delegates click here.

Let us pray for the Synod and the continued inspiration of the Holy Spirit.