Synod 2021-2023

‘In creating the opportunity for listening and dialogue on the local level through this Synod, Pope Francis is calling the Church to rediscover its deeply synodal nature. This rediscovery of the synodal roots of the Church will involve a process of humbly learning together how God is calling us to be as the Church in the third millennium.’​ Official Handbook, Section 1.1

We are all invited to take part in discussions which will contribute to the views of the Diocese, and the whole church, leading to the Synod of Bishops in October 2023.

The question we are asked to think about is:

A Synodal church, in announcing the Gospel, ‘journeys together’.​ How is this “journeying together” happening today in our local Church?​ And what steps is the Spirit inviting us to take in order to grow in our journeying together?​

To join the discussion, please do come along to one of our meetings. We’ll be having a number of meetings, some face to face and some on Zoom, some during the day and some in the evenings.

If you can’t make it to the meetings, you’re very welcome to talk to Fr. Andrew or to Margaret Doyle, or to send your views to or


You can find all the documents from the Vatican and from our Diocese on our Diocesan website’s Synod page.

There’s an introductory video from Bishop Robert at

Austen Ivereigh spoke to the Chaplaincy and the parish about Pope Francis’ Vision for a Synodal Church in June 2021. You can listen to his talk at

Two talks from the Angelicum:

Professor Myriam Wijlens: ‘The Church of God is Convoked in Synod’ at

Sr. Nathalie Becquart: ‘Primacy, Collegiality, Synodality’ at

Fr. Timothy Ratcliffe OP

This homily for the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena in 2020, was mentioned at one of our meetings. fr. Timothy preaches about how St. Catherine spoke to the church with truth and love at

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