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“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.

Click here to access the Lineamenta,

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?
The World Meeting of Families, taking place in Philadelphia, PA, September 22-27, 2015, is an international gathering in support of marriage and family life. Held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, the World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families. Each World Meeting of Families has a theme that energizes and enlivens the event while adding great depth of meaning to our understanding of families. The theme of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on our society.
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