Family & Social Concerns: Synod of Bishops on the Family
“With the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family taking place in October, and also the World Meeting of Families taking place in September, this is truly a remarkable year for the family! Please join me in praying for the success of the Church’s efforts to strengthen marriages and families.”
- Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton
At the request of Pope Francis, Bishops from around the world gathered in Rome in October of 2014 to discuss “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” Pope Francis had determined that this “Extraordinary Synod” would be followed by an “Ordinary Synod” in October of 2015 to discuss “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World.” Working with and under the Pope, the Bishops will be seeking ways to communicate the important role of the family, and to offer support to married couples and families.
Writing to the clergy and the lay faithful of the Diocese of Steubenville, Bishop Monforton has stated: “In a remarkable gesture, Pope Francis has again called for the participation of all the clergy and the lay faithful in the preparations for this important gathering.”
To facilitate this participation, a series of reflection questions has been prepared, based on the work of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops that took place in October of 2014.
Bishop Monforton has asked the clergy and the lay faithful of the Diocese of Steubenville to prayerfully consider answering the reflection questions.
At the conclusion of the 2014 Synod of Bishops, the Vatican released a final report (used as the Lineamenta for the 2015 Synod) containing a summary of the Bishops discussions. Those participating in this questionnaire are encouraged to read the report.
The deadline for responses (February 20, 2015) has now passed.
the official publication from the Vatican that summarizes the 2014 Synod
and prepares for the 2015 Synod.
What happens to the responses that are submitted?
Responses submitted to the Diocese of Steubenville will be compiled, summarized and sent to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The USCCB will compile all the responses from US diocese and send them on to the Vatican to be reviewed in preparation for the Synod.
Want to learn more about the Synod of Bishops?
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has created an informative page about the Synod of Bishops that explains the history, purpose and themes of recent synods. Click here to read more.
What is the World Meeting of Families?