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Synod 2018 on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment

 

Watch this page for recent updates and the Information and FAQs page for more information on the Synod. Additional information on the Synod can be found on the official website and Catholic News Service Special Section

Frequently asked questions

What is the Synod of Bishops?
The Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution of the Catholic Church. It was established by Pope Paul VI in 1965, shortly after the close of the Second Vatican Council, to continue the spirit of collegiality and communion that was present at the Council. The Synod is an assembly of bishops from around the world who assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the Church in a manner that preserves the Church's teaching and strengthens her internal discipline. (see the Vatican website  and Code of Canon Law, canon 342)

Who represents the USA at the Synod?
The United States will be represented by bishop delegates and ordained and lay leaders from across the United States. The bishop delegates are:

  • Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, President of the USCCB
  • Archbishop José H. Gomez, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Vice President of the USCCB
  • Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
  • Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Diocese of Bridgeport, member of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
  • Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis
  • Archbishop William C. Skurla, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh

Ordained and lay leaders will be present at the Synod as auditors, observers, and in supporting roles.

What will be discussed at the Synod?
The focus for the 2018 Synod is "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment." Discussion topics will emerge from the Preparatory Document, Pre-Synodal Meeting Final Document, and the Instrumentum Laboris. The Vatican's official Synod website also has more information. 

What is meant by "young people"?
The term "young people," as defined by the Synod, are those ages 16 to 29, which includes youth (adolescents) and young adults (collegians and above).

What is meant by "vocations"?
According to the Synod, "vocations" is one's calling in life, and includes marriage, consecrated life, and ordained priesthood, and in a broader sense, also focuses on the discernment of all life choices in youth and young adulthood.

How can I follow the activities of the Synod?
The USCCB will be posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the Synod during the month of October. Follow them at @USCCB, and hashtag #Synod2018. Catholic News Service will also be reporting (see their coverage), as will other collaborators and media outlets.



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