The continental stage of the Synod documents have now been published and you can find the documents via this link. There are some clear similarities across these documents with evidence of people faithfully discerning where the Holy Spirit is calling the Church. Among many things that are striking is the growing understanding that taking a synodal approach can be transformative. It celebrates the diversity within the Church and opens the door for wounds to be healed and people to grow in unity with one another’s difference. It is a learning curve for many within the Church and with this learning there holds the potential of renewal and the development of communion, participation and mission. If you have a synod group in your parish/Partnership and/or wish to develop synodality further, I would like to hear from you.
Over the past couple of years, the Diocese has been forming, training and recruiting people to be part of a Diocesan Healing Team. The team which is overseen by Fr Kevin Dixon will offer services for healing and days of reflection for healing across the Diocese. I am very pleased to announce that we have now trained three cohorts of trainees and we are now moving into the formation of this team. The team will be discerning the first steps in bringing this foundational ministry to the Diocese. It will be a formal part of the Diocesan structure, working in collaboration with our other accompaniment ministries that function under the Vicariate for Faith & Mission. We ask for your prayers for this new team as they begin this next phase of their journey.
Throughout the Synod process in the diocese a frequent request was that there were more opportunities for formation. A big part of our response to this is through the invitation for all Catechists in the Diocese to come together for the first time this July. This is to be the first gathering if its kind where all those in ministry in different catechetical roles are formed together and refreshed on key principles. We really want to meet everyone in the Diocese who serves in this ministry and see this as a fundamental building block for moving us into a renewed future. Please spread the word and personally invite those who you know are ministering in this way.
Over the coming month we will also be exploring the nature and content of formation that we offer as a Diocese. It would be helpful to get your views on this if you could complete the following survey which should only take 1 minute to complete. Click here to complete our survey.
Amy Cameron, Co-ordinator for the Vicariate for Faith & Mission.