MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki has announced his intention to hold a Synod June 7th and 8th. The declaration took place during an 8 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee.
A legal and historic Church event, a Synod formalizes how Catholics in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will move forward with the work of Jesus Christ in parishes, schools and neighborhoods over the course of the coming years. This event will help put words into actions, according to Archbishop Listecki.
“This upcoming Synod will provide our faith community the opportunity to develop a renewed vision and plan of how we can work together to implement our pastoral priorities of Catholic Identity, Evangelization and Stewardship,” he explained.
The archdiocesan Synod will bring together people from the entire Catholic community including priests, parish directors, deacons, parish staff members, lay parish leaders, parishioners and representatives of religious communities and lay groups to discuss archdiocesan and parish pastoral priorities for the Church of southeastern Wisconsin.
“This announcement brings a spirit of excitement and joy,” explained Fr. Jeff Haines, rector and pastor of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. “Just the thought of Catholics coming together from every corner of the archdiocese to prayerfully share their hopes and dreams for the mission of our Church fills my heart with a renewed sense of hope for the future.”
The outcome of this Synod will be a “synodal declaration” that will provide a framework and direction for the Church of southeastern Wisconsin through 2025.
It will include:
• Pastoral priorities for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee;
• Pastoral priorities for parishes in the archdiocese;
• Guidelines and resources to assist parishes in implementing the pastoral priorities;
• Ways to engage parish and archdiocesan leadership to ensure progress toward the pastoral priorities is achieved.