Publish date: Friday, July 14, 2017
In October 2018, Pope Francis will host the next Synod on the topic of Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. A “Synod” is a gathering of Bishops throughout the world, called by the Pope, to reflect together on contemporary issues of faith and life. The word ‘Synod’ means “to walk together” as one Catholic (universal) Church. In January 2017, Pope Francis wrote a Letter to Young People and the Vatican released a Preparatory Document with questions for reflection, and asked that dioceses throughout the world answer those questions to provide feedback on their local experience. After being sent to Rome, this feedback will form the starting point for the Synod conversation in October 2018.
Bishop Edward J. Burns is thus calling delegations from throughout the Diocese of Dallas to gather for a Convocation on Youth, Campus, & Young Adult Ministries and Vocational Discernment as a way to offer feedback for Pope Francis's Synod. The Convocation will be a three day series of listening sessions occurring July 27-29, 2017 at St. Rita Catholic Church with different focus audiences including youth, young adults, pastors, ministry leaders, parents, volunteers, key stakeholders, and representatives from various faith traditions. Catholic parishes, organizations, and other faith traditions will be sending delegations of up to 20 persons to represent the narratives of their individual communities. If you are not sure who your delegation leader is, be sure to ask your pastor!
However, the feedback does not stop there. Whether you have been approached to attend the Convocation or not, all are invited and welcomed to fill out a survey at https://www.feedbackforfrancis.com/share-feedback/. Simply click on the icon that best identifies your demographic and respond to the specially curated series of questions. All feedback, whether from the surveys or live Convocation, will shape the narrative of ministry to teens and young adults in the diocese of Dallas and help the Holy Father understand the young Church of North Texas!
For more information on the Convocation on Youth, Campus, & Young Adult Ministries and Vocational Discernment or the feedback going to Bishop Burns and then Pope Francis, please visit www.feedbackforfrancis.com. For other questions or direct assistance, please contact the Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries.