Synod 2021 – 2023


Pope Francis and the Synod office in Rome are inviting the whole Church to become Synodal.

We are invited to journey together, listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the lives of the people we meet. 

The whole ‘Synod’ will be a two-year process beginning in every diocese in October 2021 and moving on to a national then international listening exercise.

The Synod prayer, Preparatory document and the Synod Vademecum provide us with an in depth understanding of what the synod entails.

Information sessions to help us with understanding the process in Clifton are to be held in early November. These will be followed by parish meetings with specific areas for reflection during the season of Advent.

Please continue to look at this website for further updates.


Prayer for the Synod

Adsumus Prayer for the Synod

Preparatory Document

Synod Vademecum


The documents below are the Delegates’ Guide to Synodal Pathway. They are for clergy, parish representatives and those organising the synodal pathway. Videos for the information day can be found below.

Delegates Guide to Synodal Pathway

For a Synodal Church – Facilitator’s Guide

For a Synodal Church Toolkit

Interactive Listening Activities

Questions Communion Participation Mission

Recorder notes

Submitting Data

Report on the Process

Synodal Conversations – Participants Materials

A guide to listening deeply

For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission

Group Session Record Form

Parish Listening Exercise – Process Flow

Conversation Starters for non-parish based synodal groups

Report on the Process

In collaboration with the University of Newcastle in Australia and the Catholic Women’s Council, Catholic Women Speak is conducting an online survey—available in six languages—to gather feedback from women around the world for the Synod:

Bishop Declan welcome’s the Synod process

The next two years in the life of the Church

what exactly is synodality and what does it mean for Catholics in England and Wales? Fr Chris Thomas, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and Father Jan Nowotnik, Director of Mission, discuss the process and explain this invitation to communion, participation and mission.

Bishop Declan introduces the information day

Fr Jan Nowotnik, Director of Mission and National Ecumenical Officer at Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Sarah Adams, Adult education and evangelisation department

Synod Listening Conversation presentation 12-01-2022

Journeying Together Information Session

Slides to accompany the audio above: Journeying Together Information Session

There is a Parish Listening Session Synod Summary Report online for that can be filled out and submitted below:

This form is to be completed by the Parish Delegates, drawing on all the group listening sessions and activities that have taken place in the parish. It can be emailed to or completed on-line at

Contact Details of Parish Delegate 1

Please provide a brief summary of your parish’s listening session for the Foundational Question:

Core Question 1 – Listening

Core Question 2 – Speaking Out

Core Question 3 – Sharing Responsibility for our Common Mission and Sharing Authority and participation

Core Question 4 – Discerning and Deciding

Core Question 5 – Celebration