This article was originally published in JUST Words Vol. 22 No. 2 Summer Issue.
Exquisite! Magnificent! These words describe the rich beauty of a “planetary tapestry” woven through the global synod convoked by Pope Francis in October 2021. Stories, concerns, critiques, and dreams of Catholics the world over are due in Rome by August 15, and will be processed through the synod office in preparation for the global synod of bishops in October 2023.
The Dominican Sisters of Springfield will submit a report to the Vatican summarizing the conversations we’ve had with people to whom and with whom we minister. We welcomed into serious conversation many who spoke with us about how we might walk together more effectively as Church. Responding to the call of Pope Francis we explored questions such as: How are we doing? Where might we improve? What would our Church look like if our dreams materialized?
Here is a sampling of thoughts shared by participants after our synodal conversations about the experience and their perception of the Holy Spirit’s presence.
Deep gratitude to ALL those who have generously taken part and benefited from the synodal listening sessions. Synodality among us has only just begun!
Synod Session Participants
- Springfield Dominican Associates
- Coworkers at Sacred Heart Convent
- Board members from Marian Catholic, Chicago Heights, Ill.; Rosary, Aurora, Ill., and Sacred Heart-Griffin, Springfield, Ill.
- High school students designated as “Dominican Preachers” at all three schools
- Members of SDART, the Springfield Dominican Antiracism Team
More than 100 of these partners in mission and dozens of Springfield Dominican Sisters participated in the synodal journey.