Parish & School Consultation Session Materials (Internal Only)

In August, the synod steering committee held diocesan consultation sessions with key internal groups – retired priests, deacons and their wives, chancery staff, and, as you know from last week, our principals and vice-principals. Each session was marked by high levels of engagement and enthusiasm. The future-looking ideas and recommendations we have received from all sessions have been thoughtful and inspiring. We are now ready to move on to the parish and school consultation sessions to garner additional, action-oriented recommendations for the diocesan mission, structure, parish life, and financial sustainability using the pillars of One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.

The Synod Steering Committee has been working to develop a process for the Diocesan Synod to meet Bishop’s vision for broad and diverse consultations. To meet that goal, each parish and school is asked to schedule and host one synod consultation session with your community leaders before Saturday, October 8, 2022. If your session will be held after October 8, 2002, please email to support the planning and compiling process.  


for a total of 24 to 26 attendees

For Parish Session  For School Session
  • Parish Staff
  • Pastoral/Parish Council
  • Parish Finance Council
  • Leadership from other parish committees and groups
  • Assembly Delegates
  • Faculty and Staff
  • School Advisory Board
  • School Finance Council
  • Leadership from other school committees and groups
  • Assembly delegate

Host and Facilitator Training


To support the parish and school consultation sessions, we have created multiple options for facilitator training:

If you have any questions about your parish synod consultation session, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Cynthia Shaw at

Diocesan Synod Novena – Eng

Diocesan Synod Novena – Spanish

Diocesan Synod Novena – Vietnamese