Diocese of Derry

Synod 2021-2023

Synod

Diocese of Derry Synod Report

The people of the Diocese of Derry have taken part in parish discussions, online contributions and deanery gatherings during recent months in response to the call from Pope Francis about the next Synod.

The fruit of this listening has been collated and a synthesis is now submitted to form part of a national synthesis. This diocesan document is published below for reading and sharing.

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The entire Catholic Church is called to participate in the upcoming Synod of Bishops! This Synod is entitled: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.”


Pope Francis has called the entire People of God to journey together. This Synod is not just another meeting with oral presentations and written reports. This Synod is a process of journeying together by listening, dialoguing, praying, discerning and making decisions together for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pope Francis is asking each local diocese to gather – clergy, religious and laity together- to listen to each other. The “goal” of this journeying together is not to create a new vision or pastoral plan with objectives. Rather, the goal of our journeying together is to be present with one another, to listen and learn with each other, and to grow closer to the Lord and His Church.

Diocese of Derry Synod on Synodality Timeline

October 2021

Preparation

Appointment of Synod Diocesan Working Group.
Preparing materials for the consultation process.

October 2021

28 November 2021

Guided catechesis

Synodality as a journey in hope and expectation.
Guided catechesis each Sunday of Advent... view >
Sunday, 28th November, 5th, 12th and 19th December.

Early January 2022

Training

Training for every parish Synod facilitation group.

Early January 2022

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Listening

Sunday 16th January 2022 to Sunday 13th February 2022.
Period of local consultation and listening sessions.

Friday, 29 April 2022

Parish Response to Listening Gatherings

Parishes collate fruits of their listening gatherings and submit to the diocese.

Friday, 29 April 2022

May 2022

Deanery Gatherings - Sharing Fruits Together

Gathering the parishes in each of our four deaneries – Derry City, Derry County, Tyrone and Donegal - to hear what was being said by neighbouring parishes.

Sunday, 29th May 2022

Diocesan Synthesis - Diocese of Derry Report

Bringing together what has been heard. Submission to Irish Synodal Pathway Steering Group.
View the Synod report.

Sunday, 29th May 2022

Irish Synodal Pathway
The process explained

Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon, member of the Irish Synodal Pathway task group, explains the two Synodal process currently taking places across Ireland. The Universal Synod and the Irish Synod.

Fr Eamonn also explains that "This process is not meant to be a burden on anyone. It is not meant to draw energy from the work going on in each parish as people attend the urgent needs of their own community"

Synod on Synodality
All you need to know

Do you have questions regarding the Synod on Synodality? Here's all you need to know - right from what does synodality mean to what can you do.

What are we being asked to do?

The Holy Father, Pope Francis is asking that the entire Church participate in this Synod. The faithful, clergy and religious are invited to pray, listen, and talk together with the Bishops before the 2023 gathering of Bishops in Rome.  In our Diocese, we will pray, listen and talk with one another through parish and diocesan listening sessions.

"This is the start of our Synodal Journey"

Bishop Donal McKeown outlines the prayerful consultation process of Synodality, of walking together, of listening, of being led by the Holy Spirit to understand where the Lord is leading us.

Help for Parishes
Guidance and promotion materials

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Parish Preparation
RESOURCE GUIDES & VIDEOS

'Listening' conversation resources, the Synod questions, help guides and videos
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Parish Promotion
LOGO, BANNERS...

Promotion materials in the lead up to the start of the Synod process in our diocese.
Banners for Churches, Prayer Cards, Posters and more.
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Parish Listening Session
TOOLKIT

This toolkit will help priests and parishes understand and implement the diocesan Synod plan.

View Listening Toolkit

Questions?

Each parish in the Diocese is being asked to have 'listening' conversations.
Facilitation training for those conversations are being held throughout the Diocese in January and February. If you have questions or require information on the Synod process please email:

synod@derrydiocese.org

Latest Synod News

Safeguarding Questions?

A safeguarding concern or allegation should be directed to the Designated Liaison Person - Marie Gormley on +44 (0)75 9650 0793.

Contact Info

Diocesan Offices
St Eugene’s Cathedral
Francis Street, Derry
BT48 9AP | Tel: 028 7126 2302

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