“Enlarge the space of your tent” (Isaiah 54:2)
Synod 2021 - 2024
The Agency for Evangelization are pleased to offer the Diocesan Discernment Group’s Response to the DCS, the Working Document for the Continental Stage, along with our own diocesan Bishops’ Reflection on the Continental Stage of the Synodal Process. Both documents are available for downloading above.
The Diocesan Discernment Group had a series of meetings in December in which they discerned the 2-3 page response which Bishops were asked to make to the DCS, a Global Synthesis gleaned from 112 such National Syntheses. This group - made up of lay men and women, religious, a deacon, two priests and a bishop – discerned the Diocesan Synthesis which was presented in the Cathedral last February and was forwarded by our Bishops as the Diocese’s contribution to the National Synthesis. The full text of the DCS is available for downloading above, along with a helpful summary prepared by Monsignor Roderick Strange of St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
This period is the culminating moment of the Continental Stage, the Continental Synodal Assemblies. Our Diocesan Response will feed into the European Synodal Assembly held in Prague, 6th – 12th February, to be followed by Assemblies in the Middle East, in Asia and Africa, and in Latin America.
We are invited, in collaboration with the World Pope's Prayer Network, to join in praying for the synod every first Monday of the month. Find out more here: https://www.prayforthesynod.va/en/