Synthesis of Covington, Ky., for the 2023 Synod of Bishops on Synodality


Fundamental question: A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”?

Pope Francis’ hope is for the Synod to involve the whole Church at the diocesan, national, and continental levels through a process of “listening and discernment” on the important theme of synodality: “For a synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission.”

By walking together, and together reflecting on the journey made, the Church will be able to learn from what it will experience which processes can help it to live communion, to achieve participation, to open itself to mission.

This synodal process began in Rome on the weekend of Oct. 9-10, 2021, and officially started in all dioceses around the world on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021.

Synod 2021 – 2023

Click image for Bishop Iffert’s letter


Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever. Amen.

Video Message from Bishop John Iffert

Three Phases in the Process

Phase 1: Diocesan Phase (October 2021 – April 2022)

Phase 2: Continental Phase (September 2022 – March 2023)

Phase 3: Universal Church Phase at the Vatican with the synod of bishops (October 2023)