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To: All Staff

Bishop Burns’ Pastoral Letter reveals a plan for a Synod in the Diocese of Dallas


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Recognizing that the pandemic has taken its toll on discipleship and could lead to diocesan members becoming complacent, Bishop Edward J. Burns announced that he will convene a synod in the Diocese of Dallas on December 12, 2021 on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

In a Pastoral Letter sent to the Catholic faithful on February 19, 2021 Bishop Burns announced his plan for the synod, which will be the first in 87 years in the Diocese of Dallas. The last synod was called by the third Bishop of Dallas, Bishop Joseph P. Lynch, in 1934. Titled: The Journey Through Lent, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost - A Post-Pandemic Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Dallas, Bishop Burns’ pastoral letter presents a vision to renew the Church in the Diocese of Dallas after the historic COVID-19 pandemic. The starting point for the pastoral letter is a reflection on the journey through Lent, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost.

The document highlights recent events surrounding the pandemic as a perfect opportunity to embrace once again the apostolic mission. The pastoral plan points to the need to follow the example of the original apostles to go out into the world to transform it and spread the message of Jesus to the ends of the Earth. Please visit for details.

Bishop’s Delegate for Ecumenism and Legislative Advocacy


To: All Pastors, Priests, and Staff

Respect Life Action Guide: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord


The Respect Life parish action guides are designed to complement existing parish life and manifest that the Gospel of life is part of the very fabric of the Gospel itself.

Respect Life Action Guide: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord Guide

USCCB Study Guide for Fratelli Tutti


Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, Fratelli Tutti, was released in October 2020. An invitation to
renewed social friendship and universal fraternity, this encyclical was published as the global
community was seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic. A call to come together in
solidarity, Fratelli Tutti provides a starting point for renewing our commitment to caring for our
neighbor and a global society built on justice and the common good.

This study guide contains material for faith groups, families, and individuals to journey through
Fratelli Tutti in six sessions. Each session includes an opening and closing prayer, summaries of
each chapter of the encyclical, discussion questions for small groups or individuals, and ways to
put Fratelli Tutti into action. These sessions can be held as either 60 or 75-minute gatherings, as
indicated with the suggestions below, and can be conducted in person or remotely via video
conferencing services.

Fratelli Tutti Guide English - Spanish


Safe Environment


To: All Pastors, Principals, Clergy, Business Managers, All Staff Members of Pastoral Center, Parishes, Schools and Entities

Non-Parish Based Organizations Monthly Release


Non-Parish Based Organizations - Monthly Release

The diocese has a registration process in place for all non-parish-based organizations. There are certain criteria each organization must fulfill in order to stay in compliance. Parish leadership and NPBO leadership are reminded that all clergy and lay presenters invited in from outside the Diocese of Dallas must comply with the “Visiting Speaker Policy". posted on the diocesan webpage.

Click here for a monthly updated list of non-parish-based organizations in compliance and non-compliant.  For additional information, contact Rita Gracia in the Diocesan Office of Safe Environment at 214-379-2853 or .


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