For additional details regarding the 2018 Synod, please view Synod 2018: Information and FAQs.
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 represented the USA at the Synod?
The United States was represented by bishop delegates and ordained and lay leaders from across the United States. The bishop delegates were:
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 were also present at the Synod as auditors, observers, and in supporting roles.
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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