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A Call to Discipleship

Acts, Declarations and Statutes of the Fourth Synod of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

Discipleship is about relationship with Jesus Christ

What is a synod?

"Throughout the history of the Church, the people of God have held synods, a formal gathering of prayer, dialogue, reflection and discernment whose purpose is to live the mission of Jesus with greater fervor and effectiveness. Some synods are universal, such as the one held in Rome in 2015 to discuss marriage and family, while others are diocesan, held to discuss local concerns. Coming from the ancient Greek, the word "synod" means "walking together." We see in this etymology the vision of the whole Church gathered as one ad moving forward to grasp Christ and His saving Gospel."

In the months ahead during this calendar year of 2017, our Diocesan Synod will consider how we can make a communal commitment as a diocesan community of clergy and laity regarding discipleship and stewardship as a way of life. Closely related to this will be for us to look at how we can foster community-wide support of Catholic education so that more students will be able to attend Catholic schools. 

Why did we have a synod?

Bishop Paprocki and the Diocesan Synod

"My main hope for our diocesan synod is that our clergy and laity together with me will make a heartfelt commitment to stewardship and discipleship as a way of life. We will need to overcome our doubts and fears in order to succeed in this endeavor. In the end, what makes this so important is that it is all about our future as a church: whether we will diminish or grow as a community of faith. I fervently pray that it will be the latter, showering our diocese with abundant blessings of unprecedented growth."

Timeline of the Fourth Diocesan Synod

Opening of the Preliminary Phase of the Diocesan Synod

Prayer Service for the Opening of the Preliminary Phase of the Diocesan Synod held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

January 22, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

April 2, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

Synod Deanery Prayer and Listening Session

Diocesan Synod Deanery Prayer and Listening Sessions in each Deanery with the Bishop connected by video conference to hear the needs, desires and opinions of the faithful and discuss feedback from this preliminary phase of the synod.

Official Opening of the Diocesan Synod

The official opening of the Diocesan Synod took place at the Chrism Mass held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

April 11, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

May 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

First Synod Session

Offical members of the Diocesan Synod met in the atrium at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield for the first session of the synod.

Gathering of Permanent Deacons

The permanent deacons of the diocese met at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield for prayer and discussion regarding the Diocesan Synod.

August 12, 2017

August 19, 2017

Consultation with Consecrated Religious

Consecrated religious in the diocese gathered at the Chiara Center in Springfield for prayer and discussion regarding the Diocesan Synod.

Second Synod Session

Offical members of the Diocesan Synod met in the Little Flower Parish Center in Springfield for the  second session of the synod.

September 9, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

September 18-21, 2017

Convocation of Priests

The priests of the diocese met at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton for prayer and discussion regarding the Diocesan Synod.

Synod Deanery Prayer and Listening Session

Diocesan Synod Deanery Prayer and Listening Sessions in each Deanery with the Bishop connected by video conference to receive feedback on proposed synodal declarations and decrees.

September 24, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

October 11, 2017

Consultation with the Diocesan Curia

Staff members of the Diocesan Curia met for prayer and discussion regarding the Dicoesan Synod.

Final Synod Session

Final Session of the Offical members of the Diocesan Synod met at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Chatham to vote on synodal declarations, decrees and statutes.

November 18, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

November 26, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

Diocesan Synod Closing Mass

Mass closing the Diocesan Synod was held on the Solemnity of Christ the King at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

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