Synod 2020

SYNOD 2020

Town Hall Parish Listening Session

August 13th at 6:30 p.m.

St. Monica Hall

What is a Diocesan SYNOD?

A diocesan synod is an assembly of selected priests and other members of Christ’s faithful from throughout the diocese, which the Bishop calls together for the good of the whole diocesan community, in order to assist him in deliberating on the pastoral needs of the diocese and discerning the guidance of the Holy Spirit (cf. Canon 460 of the Code of Canon Law)

When will it commence and what will the Title of Synod be?

After Having consulted the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consulters on June 26, 2017, Archbishop Lenard Blair has convoked a diocesan Synod under the title “Stewards for Tomorrow”. It will commence on June 29, 2017 and will conclude on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020. This Synod has been entrusted in a special way to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, and to her Spouse, St. Joseph, Patron of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

What are the three questions that will be asked during the listening session?

(Generally it will be no more than 2-3 minutes per person per question to ensure all are given the opportunity to respond if so desired)

What are we (as an Archdiocese) doing well?

What are we (as an Archdiocese) doing not so well?

What are we (as an Archdiocese) not doing that we should be?


Meeting Details that were discussed 


Meeting was held on Monday, August 13thin the Saint Monica Hall of Saint Augustine Church.


What are we (as an Archdiocese) doing well?

  • Good opportunities for volunteers
  • AAA especially in regards to seminarians, medical van and Homefront
  • Catholic charities
  • Catholic schools
  • Collaboration between churches – especially for daily needs
  • Lay Ministry Program
  • Use of Social Media
  • Catholic Transcript
  • My Parish App
  • Transparency – especially in AAA finances
  • Video use in AAA
  • Confessions in Lent


What are we (as an Archdiocese) doing not so well?

  • Training and developing of Religious Education Teachers
  • No Archdiocesan meeting in the Valley
  • Vocations
  • Lack of financial report by Archdiocese
  • Youth outreach programs
  • Evangelization
  • Pastoral Planning poorly executed
  • English speaking foreign priests


What are we (as an Archdiocese) not doing that we should be doing?

  • Adult formation
  • Continuing Education for priests