Diocese Launches Synodal Pathway
In coming together during the listening sessions across the Diocese of Meath, we’re doing something really historic: we’re participating in the Synod on Synodality. What does that mean, the “Synod on Synodality”?
Synod is a word used for a Church gathering, usually of bishops. It comes from two Greek words that literally mean “on the way together.” A “synod,” then, is the Church journeying together, dialoguing together, discerning together. This is the first Church Synod in history in which the whole Church—clergy and faithful—have been invited to participate together.
“Synodality”, according to Pope Francis, "is the way of being the Church today according to the will of God, in a dynamic of discerning and listening together to the voice of the Holy Spirit.”
When we talk about the “Synod on Synodality,” then, we are talking about a particular way of being the Church—a Church that listens, that walks and discerns together.
The Diocese of Meath, in union with the universal Church, formally launched its synodal journey in October 2021, whereby it invited all the baptised to join in a process of 'prayerful discernment of God's will for his Church at this time'. Having engaged in synodal conversations across the Diocese and welcomed independent submissions, the Diocese publishes its synthesis of submissions received during synodal process.