The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has convened a Synod and has asked the People of God to participate in the synodal process. Click the button below to participate in the Diocesan Synod Survey.
Join us for the Bartlesville Synod Listening Session
Saturday, May 7, 2022
1:30pm, St. James Catholic Church
Synod 2021-23 Video from Bishop David Konderla
What is a Synod?
A synod is a council of the Church, usually convened to decide an issue of doctrine, administration or application. The word synod is from the Greek sinodos (σύνοδος) meaning “assembly” or “meeting” and is similar to the Latin concilium meaning “council”. Sometimes the phrase “general synod” or “general council” refers to an ecumenical council, like the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).
What is the current Synod?
In the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops in October 2015, Pope Francis declared that “the world in which we live, and which we are called to love and serve, even with its contradictions, demands that the Church strengthen cooperation in all areas of her mission.” (For a Synodal Church handbook) This call to cooperate in the mission of the Church is addressed to the entire People of God. In April 2021, Pope Francis initiated a synodal journey of the whole People of God, to begin in October 2021 in each local Church and culminating in October 2023 in the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.