The Universal Synod is a beautiful and exciting opportunity for us as Church to take stock, pray and discern: Where is the Holy Spirit guiding us as the people of God? We are all invited to journey together, to connect with one another, and to enter into meaningful dialogue.

The first month has seen a series of opportunities to kick start this process locally, beginning with the Opening Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert at St Mary’s Cathedral for both the Synod and the Diocesan Year of the Eucharist.

Over this last month, the First Diocesan Synod Assembly gathered with Bishop Robert, and clergy, laity and religious who hold the responsibility of serving the parishes, Partnerships and other bodies within the Diocese. Here they pondered with the Bishop the Synod questions for themselves and discussed how we best take this forward.

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