Synod on Synodality Updates

May 10

Speaking to members of the Italian Catholic Action lay association in St. Peter’s Square on April 25, Pope Francis urged lay Catholics to prepare for the “prophetic” stage of the Synod. Read more here


May 3

Anna Rowlands, a professor of Catholic social thought and practice from Durham University in Cambridge and a key Synod advisor, writes a theological reflection on Synodality. The attached article may give you a sense of her thinking.


April 26

Two articles related to the Synod that might be of interest to you:


April 19

Many religious congregations are struggling with interculturality and its impact on all aspects of their life.

In our own congregation our four Peruvian- born sisters all come from different cultures.  In the past couple of years, they have been studying interculturality and its impact on their personal and community lives. As we look around us today, we can see how intercultural we are becoming as a church and as a society. This  article shows that the key themes of the synod –  communion, participation and mission – are very much tied to a deeper understanding and experience of interculturality


April 12

Father Thomas Reese, SJ, former editor of America magazine, wrote an article in late March on Pope Francis’ insistence that the main focus of this Synod is synodality, rather than specific controversial issues.
Access the article here


April 5

From April 28 to May 2, 2024 parish priests, selected by Bishops’ Conferences and Oriental Catholic Churches from around the world, will meet in Rome.
The intent of the meeting is to listen to parish priests, to underline the value of their experience in their local churches and to provide an opportunity for them to experience synodality at a universal level. Participants in this international meeting were chosen from a variety of pastoral contexts, largely because of significant parish involvement in the perspective of a synodal Church.


March 22

Pope Francis has announced that the October 2024 assembly of the Synod will focus on “How to be a Synodal Church in mission.

The pope has also set up ten study groups to examine ten topics that were prominent during the October 2023 session of the Synod. The work of these groups is not expected to be completed until mid- 2025, but there will be a report given at the October 2024 session on their progress to date. This article will give you a sense of the areas being studied by these groups.

El papa Francisco ha anunciado que la asamblea del Sínodo de octubre de 2024 se centrará en “Cómo ser una Iglesia sinodal en misión.”

El Papa también ha creado diez grupos de estudio para examinar diez temas que ocuparon un lugar destacado durante la sesión del Sínodo de octubre de 2023. Se espera que el trabajo de estos grupos no concluya hasta mediados de 2025, pero en la sesión de octubre de 2024 se presentará un informe sobre los progresos realizados hasta la fecha.


March 15

The synthesis report from the October 2023 session of the Synod stated that “a profound conversion is needed to meet the desire to promote a Church in which men and women dialogue together … without subordination, exclusion and competition.” 

In an article in Global Sisters Report of February 26, 2024, five panelists speak of the need for this spiritual conversion.

Read the article here


March 8

On February 17 2024 the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has launched synodal study groups to analyzekey issues in preparation for the October 2024 session of the Synod.
The synthesis report from the October 2023 session listed 75 different matters which were not able to be addressed at that time. Among these were priestly celibacy and women’s access to the diaconate. The General Secretariat of the Synod will coordinate the work of these study groups and experts from around the world will be involved.

Six new consultors to the General Secretariat have also been appointed, three of whom are female professors:

  • Dr. Tricia Bruce, a sociology professor at Maryville College in Tennessee, USA
  • Dr. Maria Clare Lucchetti Bingemer, a theology professor at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro
  • Dr. Birgit Weiler, a Medical Missionary Sister and theology professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

El 17 de febrero de 2024, el Vaticano anunció que el Papa Francisco ha puesto en marcha grupos de estudio sinodales para analizar cuestiones clave en preparación de la sesión del Sínodo de octubre de 2024.
El informe de síntesis de la sesión de octubre de 2023 enumeraba 75 asuntos diferentes que no pudieron abordarse entonces. Entre ellos figuraban el celibato sacerdotal y el acceso de las mujeres al diaconado. La Secretaría General del Sínodo coordinará los trabajos de estos grupos de estudio y en ellos participarán expertos de todo el mundo.

También se han nombrado seis nuevos consultores de la Secretaría General, tres de los cuales son profesoras:

Dra. Tricia Bruce, profesora de sociología en el Maryville College de Tennessee, EE.UU.
Dra. Maria Clare Lucchetti Bingemer, profesora de teología en la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Río de Janeiro
Dra. Birgit Weiler, Hermana Médico Misionera y profesora de teología en la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú


March 1

This link will bring you to an article from inside the Vatican’s Synod office, featuring Sister Nathalie Becquart, undersecretary of the Synod, published in February in Global Sisters Report.   


February 23

Australasian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (ACCCR), established in 2012, is a network of nineteen diverse groups in Australia and New Zealand, united under the call for renewal in the Church. Its stated role is to foster collaboration and support among member groups and to disseminate messages of hope and opportunity. These groups have been meeting over many issues in the Church, and since Pope Francis’ call of the Synod, they have made this a particular focus for their work.

The Introduction to ACCCR’s submission to the Synod in August of 2022 states: The coalition is guided by Vatican 11 and the leadership of Pope Francis, with a strong commitment to co-responsibility for the Church’s mission among all Catholics.


February 16

The following is a segment of a lengthy article by James Hanvery, SJ, exploring Pope Francis’ theology:

It is clear that so much of the papacy of Francis has been about opening up spaces of dialogue with the world and with other religions. Indeed, part of the whole process of synodality has been opening up spaces within the Church as well. Dialogue is not only the necessary prerequisite for understanding, but it is also integral to reconciliation. It is notable, that not only has Pope Francis carried on the facilitation of dialogue between religions and between nations, especially where there is tension and conflict but he has expanded and encouraged dialogue within  the Church.

El siguiente es un segmento de un extenso artículo de James Hanvery, SJ, que explora la teología del Papa Francisco:

Está claro que gran parte del papado de Francisco ha consistido en abrir espacios de diálogo con el mundo y con otras religiones. De hecho, parte de todo el proceso sinodal ha consistido en abrir espacios también dentro de la Iglesia. El diálogo no sólo es el requisito previo necesario para el entendimiento, sino que también forma parte integrante de la reconciliación. Es notable que el Papa Francisco no sólo haya facilitado el diálogo entre religiones y entre naciones, especialmente allí donde hay tensiones y conflictos, sino que haya ampliado y fomentado el diálogo dentro de la Iglesia.


February 9

From April 28 to May 2 there will be a listening session for parish priests in Rome. The 300 priests who will attend will be chosen by their local Bishop’s conferences. This is another step in preparation for the October 2024 session of the Synod. This item from NCR gives more information:


February 2

The January 26 issue of the Synodal Times had the following item – an interview with Sister Mary T. Barron, President of UISG. The interview focused on the joint meeting organized in Rome by the Executive Councils of UISG and USG in late November 2023. Read the interview here


January 26

Read this article by Kimberley Hetherington in Global Sisters Report , November 9, 2023, where religious share how synodality shapes their decisions, their way of life and how their experience can help the wider church.


January 19

Read this item dated December 13 on the Synod on Synodality is taken from The Synodal Times. 


January 12

The following articles may be helpful for better understanding and fuller absorption of some of the insights from the October 2023 session of the Synod.

Religious share how synodality shapes their decisions, common life — and can help the wider church

Synod small-table discussions put all on equal footing, UISG members say


December 22, 2023

This press release, dated December 13 giving guidelines for preparing for the October 2024 session of the Synod on Synodality. The actual document can be read here

Este comunicado de prensa, fechado el 13 de diciembre, ofrece orientaciones para preparar la sesión de octubre de 2024 del Sínodo sobre la Sinodalidad. El documento propiamente dicho puede leerse aquí


December 15

The presence of 54 women at the Synod in October was not only historic; it also brought about a new energy for lifting up women and other excluded populations in our Church.

There were proposals in the Synod synthesis to advance women’s role and ministry in the Church, but the energy and hunger for women’s leadership, ministry and decision-making authority that was so evident in the preparatory documentation seems to have been muted. A new sign of hope came when Pope Francis met recently with his Council of Cardinals.  For further information, click on the following links:

Last week a webinar – the first of two sessions – featuring the UISG delegates at the October session of the Synod sharing their synodal experiences was held.


December 8

Cardinal Robert McElroy address to the Religious Formation Conference in Chicago in November on the Synod can be accessed here.


December 1

The following articles from The National Catholic Reporter may be helpful in our further reflection on the October 2023 session of the Synod on Synodality and its synthesis document:

Thomas Reese, a Jesuit and former editor of America magazine, 15 hidden gems in the synod on synodality report

Phyllis Zagano, a Catholic lay theologian,‘Excuse me, Your Eminence, she has not finished speaking’


November 24

View the multimedia version of the Letter from the October session of the Synod to the People of God


November 17

While Phase One of the Synod is over, we need to keep in mind Pope Francis’ call to the whole Church to continue on the synodal journey through prayer, listening to the Spirit and one another and consciously walking together as God’s family, missionary disciples on a shared journey. The Synod’s letter to the Church states that “the months leading up to the second session in October 2024 will allow everyone to concretely participate in the dynamism of missionary community indicated by the word Synod.” The following statement from the letter puts forward the hope and belief of the Synod: “It is precisely the path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.”

Video “Tribute to the Women of the Synod”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAfoJENIM-8

To get another look at sisters’ experience of the Synod click on the following:

https://www.globalsistersreport.org/news/how-has-synodal-process-affected-catholic-sisters


November 10

The following links may be of interest as we look back on the October session of the Synod on Synodality and come to a clearer understanding of the synodal process:

https://www.globalsistersreport.org/news/process-key-sisters-respond-2023-synods-synthesis-document

“Tribute to the Women of the Synod” video with quotes and music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAfoJENIM-8


 

Towards the 2024 Assembly: Guidelines for preparing for the October 2024 Session of the Synod

On December 5 2023,  guidelines for preparing for the October 2024 session of the Synod on Synodality were released.

When approving these work guidelines, Pope Francis said, “the Synod is about synodality and not about this or that theme… The important thing is how the reflection is done, that is, in a synodal way”.

The Document can be downloaded here

The Worksheet can be downloaded here

The Roadmap can be downloaded here

El 5 de diciembre de 2023, se publicaron las directrices para preparar la sesión de octubre de 2024 del Sínodo sobre la Sinodalidad.

Al aprobar estas pautas de trabajo, el Papa Francisco dijo: “el Sínodo es sobre la sinodalidad y no sobre tal o cual tema…. Lo importante es cómo se hace la reflexión, es decir, de manera sinodal”.

El Documento puede descargarse aquí

La ficha de trabajo puede descargarse aquí

La hoja de ruta puede descargarse aquí

Synod Letter to the People of God Multimedia Version

While Phase One of the Synod is over, we need to keep in mind Pope Francis’ call to the whole Church to continue on the synodal journey through prayer, listening to the Spirit and one another and consciously walking together as God’s family, missionary disciples on a shared journey states that “the months leading up to the second session in October 2024 will allow everyone to concretely participate in the dynamism of missionary community indicated by the word Synod.”

The following statement from the letter puts forward the hope and belief of the Synod: “It is precisely the path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.”

This multimedia version (below) of the Letter to the People of God from the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops has now been released to complement the Synod participants’ text.

Si bien la primera fase del Sínodo ha terminado, debemos tener presente el llamamiento del Papa Francisco a toda la Iglesia para que continúe el camino sinodal mediante la oración, la escucha del Espíritu y de los demás y el caminar juntos conscientemente como familia de Dios, discípulos misioneros en un camino compartido afirma que “los meses que precederán a la segunda sesión de octubre de 2024 permitirán a todos participar concretamente en el dinamismo de comunidad misionera indicado por la palabra Sínodo”.

La siguiente declaración de la carta expone la esperanza y la convicción del Sínodo: “Es precisamente el camino de la sinodalidad lo que Dios espera de la Iglesia del tercer milenio”.

Como complemento del texto de los participantes en el Sínodo, se ha publicado una versión multimedia de la Carta al Pueblo de Dios de la XVI Asamblea General Ordinaria del Sínodo de los Obispos.

Join Us in Prayer for the Synod on Synodality

As we move through this month, let us hold in prayer all who are participating in the Synod in Rome. This is a unique and special moment in the history and life of our Church and there are many different hopes, fears and expectations for its outcome.

Sr Elizabeth Davis (L) at her round table working group at the Opening of the Synod, 4 October 2023. (NL MercyScreenshot/YouTube/Vatican)

It is crucial that we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit upon each Synod participant and upon the body as a whole. As Pope Francis reminded us “Without prayer, there will be no synod.”

Post your prayer here

A lo largo de este mes, acojamos en la oración a todos los que participan en el Sínodo de Roma. Se trata de un momento único y especial en la historia y en la vida de nuestra Iglesia, y hay muchas esperanzas, temores y expectativas sobre su resultado.

Es crucial que recemos por la guía del Espíritu Santo sobre cada participante en el Sínodo y sobre el cuerpo en su conjunto. Como nos recordó el Papa Francisco “Sin oración, no habrá sínodo”.

Publica tu oración aquí

Sr Elizabeth Davis Leaving for the Synod in Rome

Sr. Elizabeth Davis will be leaving for Rome on September 27 to participate in the Synod to be held there during the month of October.  She will begin with a three day retreat with the other delegates in preparation for the opening of the Synod. 

On Sunday morning, September 24,  Elizabeth will receive “a blessing and sending forth” at the 11:00 a.m Mass at the Basilica.  The Mass will be livestreamed at https://www.thebasilica.net/live/ Archbishop Hundt regrets that he will be away that day;  Fr. Critch will be celebrant.

This is a huge moment in the life of the church, so special that women, laity and other non-clerical persons will participate in a Bishops’ Synod.  Preparation during the past two years for a synod on synodality has provided individuals, parish and other groups around the world an opportunity to speak to each other and to the church.  Their (our) input will form the basis of conversations at the synod and recommendations that will come forward to move the church into the future, that all will walk together in God’s name!

We pray for Elizabeth that she will be filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, be prophetic and courageous, that she will have the good health and stamina that she will need, that she will have kind and generous people around her, and that she will speak the truth in love! 

We are very proud that Elizabeth was invited to participate in the Synod, a huge privilege and a huge responsibility.  Thank you, Elizabeth, for your courage and generosity! Be blessed; safe travels.  Know that you are surrounded by our love and care.  We are so proud and grateful.

Sunday is a special day for us as we celebrate “Mercy Day”, our special feast.  As Catherine McAuley placed her new foundation, the House of Mercy (1827 in Dublin), under the patronage of Our Lady of Mercy, we place God’s house of mercy, the universal church and the synod under her protection and guidance!

Listen: CBC Radio interview with Sr Elizabeth  (14:26)

Background reading: ‘Full Participation in the Synod’

La Hna. Elizabeth Davis partirá hacia Roma el 27 de septiembre para participar en el Sínodo que se celebrará allí durante el mes de octubre. Comenzará con un retiro de tres días con las demás delegadas para preparar la apertura del Sínodo.

El domingo 24 de septiembre por la mañana, Isabel recibirá “la bendición y el envío” en la misa de las 11:00 de la mañana en la Basílica. La misa será retransmitida en directo en https://www.thebasilica.net/live/. El arzobispo Hundt lamenta estar ausente ese día; el padre Critch será el celebrante.

Este es un gran momento en la vida de la Iglesia, tan especial que mujeres, laicos y otras personas no clericales participarán en un Sínodo de Obispos. La preparación durante los dos últimos años de un sínodo sobre la sinodalidad ha brindado a personas, parroquias y otros grupos de todo el mundo la oportunidad de hablar entre sí y con la Iglesia. Sus (nuestras) aportaciones formarán la base de las conversaciones en el sínodo y de las recomendaciones que se presentarán para hacer avanzar a la Iglesia hacia el futuro, ¡para que todos caminen juntos en el nombre de Dios!

Rezamos por Elizabeth para que esté llena de los dones del Espíritu Santo, sea profética y valiente, tenga la buena salud y la resistencia que necesitará, cuente con personas amables y generosas a su alrededor y diga la verdad con amor.

Estamos muy orgullosos de que Elizabeth haya sido invitada a participar en el Sínodo, un gran privilegio y una gran responsabilidad. Gracias, Elizabeth, por tu valentía y generosidad. Sea bendecida; buen viaje. Sabed que estáis rodeados de nuestro amor y cariño.Estamos muy orgullosos y agradecidos.

El domingo es un día especial para nosotros, ya que celebramos el “Día de la Misericordia”, nuestra fiesta especial. Al igual que Catalina McAuley puso su nueva fundación, la Casa de la Misericordia (1827 en Dublín), bajo el patrocinio de Nuestra Señora de la Misericordia, ¡nosotros ponemos la casa de la misericordia de Dios, la Iglesia universal y el Sínodo bajo su protección y guía!

Lecturas de fondo: Plena participación en el Sínodo

For a Synodal Church

Pope Francis has invited the entire Church to reflect on the path of synodality which he says is “decisive” for the “life and mission of the Church of the third millennium”. This global journey of communion, participation and mission includes a period of consultation with local churches around the world, with individuals and communities invited to submit responses that will form part of a listening process culminating in the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2023.

Occasional updates on the path of synodality are being published on this site.

Pope Francis expands participation in the Synod (5 May 2023).

Pope Francis’ decision to expand participation in the Synod has made a significant impact on the Catholic world. Seventy non-bishop members are expected to participate in the synod being held at the Vatican in October, with half of the non-ordained beingwomen. The Pope also provided for greater gender parity among religious orders participating in the synod- five from women’s congregations and five from men’s.

Read the article from the April 27 Global Siste Report regarding this very significant decision.

Update on the North American Phase of Synod (28 April 2023).

The Canadian and American Catholics who participated in the NA continental phase of the Synod focused mainly on three areas: the need to rebuild trust in the wake of abuse scandals, the need to be inclusive and welcoming while being faithful to Church teaching, and the need for a “missionary” Church that goes out to the peripheries. Participants reflected on the Vatican working document and offered contributions based on the discussions of the Synod

at the parish and diocesan levels. From these reflections a report – North American Final Document for the Continental Phase of the 2021-2024 Synod – was compiled. At its release on April 12, the Canadian and American Bishop’s Conferences noted that the document “explores those areas where we must turn our attention as we continue cultivating a more synodal Church in Canada and the United States.”

Synod on Synodality (7 April).

The “continental stage” of the Synod on Synodality concluded on March 31, 2023. The seven continental assemblies took place over February and March,bringing together members from all levels of the Church –bishops, laity, priests, and members of orders of consecrated life, both women and men.  The intent of this stage was to deepen discernment on what had emerged from the earlier local and national stage, using

Enlarge the Space of your Tent as a working docum

This continental stage was a unique process of listening and discernment on a continental level.  Each assembly looked at the question that is at the heart of the synodal process – how can the “walking together” that will enable the Church to live and proclaim its Gospel message be achieved today at all levels from local to universal? The fruit of the discussions of the continental stage is contained in documents produced by each assembly that will serve as a major contribution to the first session of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023.

Continental Stage of the Synod (24 February 2023).

The Continental stage of the Synod is intended to be a time of reflection and discernment of all the local churches on a continental basis. These continental assemblies are meeting between January and March 2023 to prepare a response to the Synod’s working Document, Enlarging the Space of your Tent.  This document is the result of a group reflection on the syntheses of issues and questions raised during the listening sessions of Stage One of the Synod, a stage in which we were all involved.

There are seven continental groupings: North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Madagascar, Asia, Oceania. The continental assemblies were asked to carry out their consultations using the working document as a basis for reflection on three questions:

  • Identification of the intuitions contained in the document that resonate most with the experience of their particular territory
  • The questions or issues that need further attention in the next steps of the synodal process
  • The priorities or recurring themes they would like discussed in the first session of the Synod in October 2023

In late 2022 and early 2023 the North American continental group – Canada and the United States -held ten virtual assemblies in which all 267 dioceses were represented.  From February 13 -17, a group of seventeen delegates representing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Conference Bishops met in Orlando, Florida to develop a response to the working document from the North American Church, drawing on feedback from the virtual continental assemblies. Their response is to be submitted to the General Secretariat of the Synod by March 31.

El Papa Francisco ha invitado a toda la Iglesia a reflexionar sobre el camino de la sinodalidad que, según él, es “decisivo” para la “vida y misión de la Iglesia del tercer milenio”. Este camino global de comunión, participación y misión incluye un período de consulta con las iglesias locales de todo el mundo, con individuos y comunidades invitados a presentar respuestas que formarán parte de un proceso de escucha que culminará en el Sínodo de los Obispos en Roma en octubre de 2023.

En este sitio se publican actualizaciones ocasionales sobre el camino de la sinodalidad.

El Papa Francisco amplía la participación en el Sínodo (5 de mayo de 2023).

La decisión del Papa Francisco de ampliar la participación en el Sínodo ha tenido un impacto significativo en el mundo católico. Se espera que setenta miembros no obispos participen en el Sínodo que se celebrará en el Vaticano en octubre, y que la mitad de los no ordenados sean mujeres. El Papa también dispuso una mayor paridad de género entre las órdenes religiosas participantes en el sínodo: cinco de congregaciones femeninas y cinco masculinas.

Lea el artículo del Global Siste Report del 27 de abril sobre esta decisión tan significativa.

Información actualizada sobre la fase norteamericana del Sínodo (28 de abril de 2023).

Los católicos canadienses y estadounidenses que participaron en la fase continental norteamericana del Sínodo se centraron principalmente en tres áreas: la necesidad de reconstruir la confianza tras los escándalos de abusos, la necesidad de ser inclusivos y acogedores a la vez que fieles a la doctrina de la Iglesia, y la necesidad de una Iglesia “misionera” que salga a las periferias. Los participantes reflexionaron sobre el documento de trabajo del Vaticano y ofrecieron contribuciones basadas en los debates del Sínodo

a nivel parroquial y diocesano. A partir de estas reflexiones se elaboró un informe: Documento final norteamericano para la fase continental del Sínodo 2021-2024. En su publicación el 12 de abril, las Conferencias Episcopales de Canadá y Estados Unidos señalaron que el documento “explora las áreas en las que debemos centrar nuestra atención mientras seguimos cultivando una Iglesia más sinodal en Canadá y Estados Unidos”.

Sínodo sobre la Sinodalidad (7 de abril).

La “etapa continental” del Sínodo sobre la Sinodalidad concluyó el 31 de marzo de 2023. Las siete asambleas continentales se celebraron en febrero y marzo y reunieron a miembros de todos los niveles de la Iglesia: obispos, laicos, sacerdotes y miembros de las órdenes de vida consagrada, tanto mujeres como hombres. La intención de esta etapa era profundizar el discernimiento sobre lo que había surgido en la etapa local y nacional anterior, utilizando

Ampliar el espacio de tu tienda como documento de trabajo

Esta etapa continental fue un proceso único de escucha y discernimiento a nivel continental. Cada asamblea examinó la cuestión que está en el centro del proceso sinodal: ¿cómo puede lograrse hoy, a todos los niveles, desde el local al universal, el “caminar juntos” que permitirá a la Iglesia vivir y proclamar su mensaje evangélico? El fruto de los debates de la etapa continental se recoge en los documentos elaborados por cada asamblea que servirán de importante contribución a la primera sesión del Sínodo de los Obispos en octubre de 2023.

Etapa continental del Sínodo (24 de febrero de 2023).

La Etapa Continental del Sínodo pretende ser un tiempo de reflexión y discernimiento de todas las Iglesias locales a nivel continental. Estas asambleas continentales se reúnen entre enero y marzo de 2023 para preparar una respuesta al Documento de trabajo del Sínodo, Ampliad el espacio de vuestra tienda. Este documento es el resultado de una reflexión en grupo sobre la síntesis de las cuestiones y preguntas planteadas durante las sesiones de escucha de la Primera Etapa del Sínodo, etapa en la que todos estuvimos implicados.

Las agrupaciones continentales son siete: América del Norte, América Latina y Caribe, Europa, Oriente Medio, África y Madagascar, Asia y Oceanía. Se pidió a las asambleas continentales que realizaran sus consultas utilizando el documento de trabajo como base para reflexionar sobre tres cuestiones:

Identificación de las intuiciones contenidas en el documento que más resuenan con la experiencia de su territorio particular.
Las cuestiones o temas que requieren mayor atención en las próximas etapas del proceso sinodal
Las prioridades o temas recurrentes que les gustaría que se debatieran en la primera sesión del Sínodo en octubre de 2023.

A finales de 2022 y principios de 2023, el grupo continental norteamericano -Canadá y Estados Unidos- celebró diez asambleas virtuales en las que estuvieron representadas las 267 diócesis. Del 13 al 17 de febrero, un grupo de diecisiete delegados que representaban a la Conferencia Episcopal de Estados Unidos y a la Conferencia Episcopal Canadiense se reunieron en Orlando, Florida, para elaborar una respuesta al documento de trabajo de la Iglesia norteamericana, basándose en los comentarios de las asambleas continentales virtuales. Su respuesta deberá presentarse a la Secretaría General del Sínodo antes del 31 de marzo.