Archdiocesan Synod

MN KC Blog * Written by David Whatmuff


I had the privilege and pleasure of being a delegate to the first Synod held in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 80 years. This historic occasion, held the weekend of June 3rd to 5th, culminated an event that was first suggested in 2015 by Archbishop Hebda, when he was the administrator of the Archdiocese, and has been 3 or 4 years in the making.

The Synod began on Friday evening with an opening Mass at the Church of the Holy Spirit on the campus of Cretin-Durham Hall High School, with Bishop Cozzens delivering the Homily. This was followed by a Eucharistic Procession in song of the more than 500 attendees into the Joe Mauer Field House, where we heard opening comments by Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Williams, spent time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Benediction.

On Saturday morning the focus of discussion was “Forming parishes that are in the service of Evangelization”, with sub-topics:

  • Welcoming Parishes
  • Collaboration in Parish Ministry
  • The Liturgy Experience
  • Sharing the Gospel in Word and Deed

The study of each focus topic took the form of three steps:

  • Orientation talk and lectio prayer
  • Table discussions and large group sharing
  • Feedback, including voting on priorities for the focus topic

After lunch, the focus was “Forming missionary disciples who know Jesus’ love and respond to His call”, with sub-topics:

  • Encounter and Life-long Formation
  • The Universal Call to Holiness

In the evening, we drove or were bused to the Cathedral for Pentecost Vigil Mass, followed by a prayer service.

We reconvened Sunday afternoon, for discussions on the final topic “Forming youth and young adults in and for a church that is always young”, with sub-topics:

  • Formation for Children (birth-grade 5)
  • Youth Ministry (grades 6-12)
  • Young Adult Ministry (ages 18-35)

After final voting, we proceeded to the Church of the Holy Spirit for the Synod Closing Mass, where Bishop Williams delivered the Homily.

The next step is a pastoral letter, expected to shape the focus of parish ministry, as well as individual Catholics, for the future of the Church in the Archdiocese.

Use this link to the Archdiocese and the Catholic Spirit for a more detailed description …

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