Roman Catholic Church


Synod 2020

Our Synod Themes

On Synod Sunday, 13 October 2019, our Synod Themes were announced around the Archdiocese.
These four Themes will be the focus of the next stage of our Synod Journey and the focus of our prayer, reflection,
and discernment over the coming months.
Our Synod Themes are:

All called and gifted by God
Sharing the mission of Jesus
How we pray together
Building community, nurturing belonging

The next task is to generate the proposals for action within each Theme. These proposals will be taken forward to
the Synod Day in October 2020 to be voted on.

Synod Members will be working locally to create opportunities for us all to engage with the Themes, reflect on
how they challenge and inspire us, and generate proposals that will help us to become the Church God is calling
us to be.

Themes will be considered one-by-one with each having their own specific period of reflection:

20 October – 17 November 2019: All called and gifted by God

17 November – 15 December 2019: Sharing the mission of Jesus

19 January – 16 February 2020: How we pray together

16 February – 15 March 2020: Building community, nurturing belonging

Alongside the local discernment there will also be an opportunity for people to submit a proposal via this website.

Please do look out for and get involved in your local Synod events as we continue this great task of discerning
the Church God is calling us to be.

The Online Synod Survey can be accessed here

The four Synod Questions that will inform and inspire our project of listening over the coming months are as

Where in your everyday life do you experience love, truth, goodness, hope, and joy?

When you reflect on your life now, and as you look to the future, what causes you concern or worry?

What is the purpose of the Catholic Church in the world today?

Having reflected on these things, what are the topics you would like to see on the agenda of Synod 2020?

These questions begin from the truth that God speaks to us in our everyday lives and, as we reflect on our lives,
we encounter Christ (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 8). We are then invited to think about what the Catholic
Church is for. This will allow the Spirit of God to open our hearts so that, finally, we can reflect on the questions,
issues and topics about which our Synod should make recommendations. We are all invited to reflect on and
respond to these four Synod Questions. Listening will be done through an online survey, focus groups facilitated
by Fr Peter McGrail at Liverpool Hope University and by Synod Members in our local communities. It is through
this great project of listening that we will begin to discern the Church God is calling us to be.

“I never tire of repeating those words of Benedict XVI which take us to the very heart of the Gospel: “Being a
Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which

gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction”. Thanks solely to this encounter – or renewed encounter – with
God’s love, which blossoms into an enriching friendship, we are liberated from our narrowness and selfabsorption.
We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order
to attain the fullest truth of our being. Here we find the source and inspiration of all our efforts

at evangelization. For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share
that love with others?” (Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium 8).

The Listening and Discernment Preparation Meeting for Isle of Man Synod Members was held in St Anthony’s Hall,
Onchan on Saturday 9th March

For up to date information on Synod 2020 please visit