Down and Connor

Synod 2021 - 2023

For a synodal Church

communion | participation | mission


Our Synodal Report

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Responding to an invitation from Pope Francis

The invitation from Pope Francis to take part in the Diocesan Phase of the synod:

For a synodal Church, has given our Diocese of Down and Connor an opportunity to be attentive to the work of the Holy Spirit, to experience Synodality, and to reflect on our mission as we emerge from the pandemic and make plans for the future. The synodal journey has been one of learning, encounter, and authentic dialogue. Our encounters, both in person and in writing during the Diocesan Phase of the synod were marked by honest sharing.

The report that has been developed following the synodal moments is available for everyone in the Diocese to read and consider. There is great diversity of thought and lived experience across our Diocese and it is our sincere hope that people will find reflected in the report their own thoughts and insights as well as those of their sisters and brothers in Christ.

As a Church we recognise the need for synodality as it empowers us, the People of God, to dream about the church we are called to be, to make hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts and restore strength to our hands for our common mission.[1]

As a Diocese there are actions that we can undertake, guided by what we have heard from our people, in each one of whom the Holy Spirit dwells. This Diocesan report should not be viewed as a completed piece of work but part of a synodal process that is in and of itself a new beginning: A journey of growing authentically towards the communion and mission that God calls the Church to live out in the third millennium.[2]

[1] Preparatory Document For a Synodal Church, 32

[2] Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality 1.3

View Diocese of Down and Connor Synodal Synthesis

Some little extras

Synodal Resources

Synodal Documents

The Preparatory Document


The Vademecum


Pope Francis speeches on the synodal process

Address to the faithful of the Diocese of Rome


Address for the opening of the Synod


Homily for the opening of the Synodal path




The love of God is for everyone. As a Diocese we aspire to 'Open wide the doors of the Church to all without exception'. Who finds welcome and support for their Christian journey and who might feel left out?



Every baptised person is called to participate in the mission of the Church. How is dialogue and participation in the life of the Church enabled and how is it hindered?



We are called to mission; to put our faith into action. What enables or hinders us in speaking up for the Gospel and acting courageously in society?

The Holy Spirit guiding our Church


What steps is the Holy Spirit calling all of us to take at this time?