• Where have I seen or experienced successes—and distresses—within the Church’s
structure(s)/organization/leadership/life that encourage or hinder the mission?
• How can the structures and organization of the Church help all the baptized to
respond to the call to proclaim the Gospel and to live as a community of love and
mercy in Christ?
Hold 2-3 listening sessions during Lent 2024 regarding the guiding questions.
The Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops has produced a worksheet to assist with
receiving the fruits of the October assembly and to continue on a path of conversion in
the local churches.
Prayer and reflection with the word of God is essential on the synodal path. The US
Synod Team recommends using the following scripture for deepening reflection upon
• John 14
• Romans 12
• Isaiah 61
HOLDING LISTENING SESSIONS
The USCCB offers these suggestions to meet the proposed schedule from the Synod of
• Hold 2-3 diocesan-wide listening sessions regarding the guiding questions.
o Include voices that may not have been heard in earlier stages of the Synod,
or other groups that were underrepresented in your diocesan consultations.
o Collaborate with Catholic-affiliated groups and organizations in your
diocese, including schools, colleges, non-profits, and healthcare facilities.
o Focus upon the voices of the People of God and use quotations in the
• Use the Conversation in the Spirit method.
January 2024 Prayer and spiritual preparation of the People of God
Lent 2024 Hold 2-3 diocesan wide listening sessions regarding the guiding
April 8, 2024 3-5 page synthesis of diocesan listening sessions due to USCCB
April 9-22 Regional synthesis process
April 23-May 14 Drafting National Synthesis
May 15, 2024 US Synthesis due to Synod Secretariat
A Synodal Church in Mission
Interim Stage Worksheet
Letter of the Synod to the People of God
Instrumentum Laboris for XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
North American Final Document
Document for the Continental Stage
US National Synthesis
Dr. Julia McStravog, Senior Advisor for the Synod