Six students enrolled in THEO 4330, “Theology of the Church,” have been immersed in the Synod on Synodality process this semester. These students, under the direction of their professor, Dr. Kate Ward, have learned about the process first envisioned and blessed by Pope Francis that began in 2021 and is continuing through 2024.
The Synod on Synodality is Pope Francis’ initiative for the Catholic Church to collaboratively chart its path in the modern era, emphasizing listening, discernment and mission.
The final report synthesized by the students has been forwarded to local bishops, archbishops and, finally, to the Vatican’s General Secretariat for inclusion in the final report. The listening sessions were targeted to everyone, including active/inactive Catholics, people of other faiths and people of no faith. This unique approach offers insight into the Catholic church that may never have been heard before. The final report from these students can be viewed here.