Our Synodal Journey

Enlarge the Space of Your Tent Series

These presentations have been created to continue and support the dialogue around the creation of Synodality through the cooperation of the following Oblate communities:

  • Galilee Retreat Centre – Arnprior, ON.
  • Star of the North Retreat Centre – St. Albert, AB.
  • Centre Oblat – A voice for Justice: Ottawa, ON.
  • Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre: Saskatoon, SK.

 Context of Our Journey Under the Synodal Tent:

  • The Synod on synodality was launched by Pope Francis in October 2021.
  • Synods, or meetings of Bishops, were a regular part of the early Church, as were Councils.
  • Vatican II reinstated these kinds of meetings, but without wider participation of the laity when it established the Synod of Bishops.
  • Pope Francis, for the first time in history, is including the entire People of God in the synod so that we can all “journey together”.
  • The Synod on Synodality is, therefore, not a singular event but an inclusive process.
  • There have been 3 phases to the Synod on Synodality:
  • Local churches and dioceses were consulted October 2021-October 2022.
  • National Episcopal Conferences collated and synthesized the results and sent these to the Vatican.
  • The Continental Phase of the Synod has just been completed. Reports are being placed online.
  • The Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome took place in October, 2023 and will occur again in October, 2024. The Session 4 Buttons below are the links to the event Information Brochure and to the recording of the presentation.

Links to the recordings of the 4 sessions are available below:
Session 1: January 31, 2023 hosted by Galilee Centre
Session 1 Recording

Session 2: March 21, 2023 hosted by Star Of The North
Session 2 Recording

Session 3: April 25, 2023 hosted by Queen’s House
Session 3 Recording

Session 4: November 22, 2023, hosted by Galilee Center
Session 4 Recording
Information Poster