Synodality and the launch of the Synodal Pathway

(The following is taken from a letter to the priests of the diocese from Bishop Crean with a couple of amendments to adapt information between the writing of the letter and its reception and presentation here)

“You will be aware for some time of the call of Pope Francis to the Universal Church to develop structures to facilitate a wider engagement of all in reflection, prayer , discernment and decision-making as a pathway to a new springtime in the Church. This will go on both at a global level with the period of preparation for the Synod in Rome in October 2023, and at a national level in Ireland over the coming years. On October 9th Pope Francis …formally launched.. this exciting yet challenging journey for the whole Church as it seeks, before God and one another, to discern the call of the Holy Spirit to the Church in the 21st century. On October 17th the Church in each diocese throughout the world will ground this discernment with a simple launch. In the diocese a co-ordinating group of lay and religious will help the parishes engage in this over the coming years.”