Synod is a Greek word (synodos) meaning a meeting or assembly. By convening the Universal Synod, Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission.
In recent months the Galway Diocesan Synodal Team has reached out to parishes and to people within and without the faithful community, to listen and hear what they had to say.
The results of this listening is available now in the 10-page diocesan document below, along with the separate appendices information.
‘‘No-one can be excluded.’’ — Pope Francis
Pope Francis is asking the Church to listen to every voice in the community – laity, disenfranchised, religious – each and all who have a view to offer.
We aspire "to plant dreams ... allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another, and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds [and] warm hearts..." (Pope Francis, address of 3 October 2018).
The synodal mission:
— Humility in listening;
— Courage in speaking;
— An invitation to dialogue.
We come together to listen to each other, and enter into dialogue in order that we will change.
For further information on the synodal process, see synod.ie