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Synodal Pathway

The Synodal Pathway 

The Irish Bishops Conference has announced it has proposed to embark on a synodal pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland leading to the holding of a National Synodal Assembly within the next five years.

The initial two-year phase of embarking on the synodal pathway and leading, in time, to a National Synod, helpfully coincides with preparation for the 2022 Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops in Rome entitled, For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission

Bishops envisage the next two years as a period of prayer, listening and discernment, involving a nationwide consultative conversation on this theme.  This will allow individuals and parishes, religious orders and associations as well as groups, movements and organisations both within the Church and in Irish society at large, to share their insights into the Church in Ireland – past, present and future.  It will also include discussion and debate via related information sessions and educational programmes on the meaning and processes of synodality.   Best practice in listening and synodal processes and assemblies at home and around the world will be researched.

Using the Synodal Pathway website

This new Synodal Pathway website is live on www.catholicbishops.ie/synod.  This link can be shared on websites and social media pages to encourage people to participate and to keep up to date with news on the Synodal Pathway. The home page features a user-friendly menu with the following options:  

Background – This section outlines the background to the Synodal Pathway and shares a timeline from 2021 – 2025. 

Submissions – This section will feature the live submission opportunities. At the moment this section covers the initial submission request that is active from 5 April – 23 May 2021. 

FAQs – This section has answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on the Synodal Pathway. 

News – News on the Synodal Pathway will be shared on this section. 

Reading and Resources – As we begin the period of prayer, listening and discernment, this section offers some recommended reading resources. 

Multimedia – The multimedia section will feature infographics, videos and podcasts relating to the Synodal Pathway. 






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