The Synod in the Archdiocese of San Antonio
The Archdiocesan synodal process will be conveyed and led by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S. in special gatherings of clergy and faithful to offer him assistance in setting the direction for the future of our local Church. The outcomes do not include addressing doctrinal questions or Church teaching. Instead, it will be focused on pastoral planning, touching on all elements of the local Church. Before discerning its implementation, the Archbishop, along with the Synod Steering Committee, will listen to recommendations and suggestions of the faithful.
To have a Synod means ‘to walk together.’ A Synod is a dynamic diocesan planning activity. While it is centrally enabled (by a bishop or the Pope), it is also locally guided by leaders at every level (pastors, parish leaders, and the faithful). The Synod strives for listening to the real questions and authentic needs of the local Church and sifts for the real issues with a wider vision where subsidiarity and creativity are greatly needed, encouraged, and embraced.
THIS TWO-MINUTE VIDEO PROVIDES AN INFORMATIVE SUMMARY AND THE KEY TERMS OF THE FULL SYNODAL PROCESS:
BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND:
“ONE LISTENING TO THE OTHERS; AND ALL LISTENING TO THE HOLY SPIRIT.”
“IT IS TOWARDS THIS [A SYNODAL CHURCH] THAT WE MUST GO, OR RATHER, THAT THE SPIRIT ASKS US TO GO”