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. Beginning in 1967, after the Second Vatican Council, the Popes have desired to gather every few years with the Bishops across the world for consultation on a particular topic. In October 2018, the Synod will be on the topic of Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.

In January, 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 these questions to provide feedback on their local experience. This feedback will be gathered from dioceses across the world and form the starting point for the Synod conversation in October 2018.

We are asking for your feedback through #SharewithFrancisPDX so that we can share this information with Pope Francis, Archbishop Alexander Sample, and Bishops throughout the world to help them prepare for the Synod. We also hope that your feedback will help parishes in the Archdiocese of Portland discern how to better engage and support young people in their lifelong journey of faith.

Learn more about Synods, including the most recent Synod on the Family in 2015