Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment
“The Church has decided to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognise and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective ways to announce the Good News today. By listening to young people, the Church will once again hear the Lord speaking in today’s world.” Pope Francis
What is a Synod?
Literally speaking the word “synod”, derived from two Greek words syn meaning “together” and hodosmeaning “road” or “way”, means a “coming together”. A Synod is a religious meeting or assembly at which bishops, gathered around and with the Holy Father, have opportunity to interact with each other and to share information and experiences, in the common pursuit of pastoral solutions which have a universal validity and application. The Synod, generally speaking, can be defined as an assembly of bishops representing the Catholic episcopate, having the task of helping the Pope in the governing of the universal Church by rendering their counsel. Pope John Paul II has referred to the Synod as “a particularly fruitful expression and instrument of the collegiality of bishops”. (synod2018.va)
Synod Youth rep
Each diocese in England and Wales has been asked to send a young person who can represent the young people of the diocese in meetings with the national rep at the Bishop’s Conference.
Abbey Mounter from Bristol has been involved with diocesan youth ministry for a number of years including pilgrimages to Lourdes, diocesan days and now as a lay Chaplain at St Bede’s, she coordinates their involvement in the CAFOD Young Volunteers programme. Abbey is a parishioner of St Bernard’s Shirehampton serving on the altar and studying Theology at Bristol University. Follow Abbey’s progress as our Youth rep as we move towards the Synod in October
Abbey Mounter explains about the Synod:
The second report from Abbey: