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Thanks for your feedback! Find out what's next for Synod 2018

 
Pope Francis has called a gathering of bishops across the world (called a Synod) in October 2018 on the topic of Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to talk about how the Catholic Church can better support young people in living their faith and identifying and pursuing their mission in life. To help Pope Francis and the Bishops prepare for this Synod, they asked both Catholic and non-Catholic young people across the world to share their experience. This was accomplished through an online survey (now closed) and listening sessions available in our diocese over the last few months.
 
Thank you to everyone who helped organize and who participated in the Synod 2018 survey and listening sessions in our parishes and with Bishop Walkowiak. Your responses will help the Synod of Bishops and our Holy Father better understand the realities of young people today and their pathways to vocation and the Catholic faith.   

What are the next steps in the Synod 2018 process?

Over the coming weeks, survey and listening session responses gathered in our diocese will be organized into a working document by our bishop and diocesan staff members. That information will be submitted to the U.S. Bishops who will, in turn, provide it to the pope. By September 2017, a seminar of studies will be organized to listen to the conditions of the life of young people; it will include experts and youth who will aid in the preparation of the Synod. Then, beginning in October, all of the national responses received as a result of the Preparatory Document and surveys will be used to write another text called the Instrumentum Laboris, which should be completed by the Spring of 2018. This working instrument for the Synodal Fathers (Bishops Delegates of the Episcopal Conferences), will serve as the basis for discussions that will take place for three weeks during the October 2018 Synod in Rome. 
 
Bishop Walkowiak's invitation to participate in Synod 2018.
 
Thank you for your input. Please note: the Synod 2018 online survey is now closed; the deadline was Aug. 15.
 
  
Jesus looks at you and invites you to go with him. Dear young people, have you noticed this look towards you? Have you heard this voice? Have you felt this urge to undertake this journey?
- Pope Francis -