Walking Together

“Synod” simply means “journeying together”.

Pope Francis, following on from his invitation in 2013 for us to become “missionary disciples”, has called a Universal Synod which is taking place in every Catholic diocese across the world. The Synod is themed: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”This two-year journey’s (2021-23) goal is for all members of the church to be heard.

Our Response

Click the button below to read the Diocese of Salford’s full Universal Synod Response: 

We have also produced a booklet summarising our synod response. Click the button below to download:

You can download this as an A4 document here.

What Happens Now?

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales are currently gathering to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying through all the diocesan responses. This will then be synthesised by the National Synthesis Team – you can find out more about this here. The Synod of Bishops will gather in Rome in 2023 to reflect on what has been heard.

For more information, see the drop-down options below or contact:

Synod Resources

Find out more about the synod by downloading these documents:

Synod Resources and Newsletter Insert (Word document)

Preparatory Document

Official manual for listening and discernment in the local Churches

Download resources for youth and schools:

Introduction to the Synod Process PowerPoint

Synod Liturgy for Schools

Watch Sr Nathalie Becquart’s fantastic talk on the Synod:

Watch Fr Eamonn Mulcahy explain Pope Francis’s vision for a Synodal Church:

Fr Eamonn Mulcahy – Synods & Church under Pope Francis – YouTube

Watch Dr Jessie Rogers’ talk on the First Synod in the Early Church:

For more guidance on how to approach the Synod as a parish group:

Facilitating a Parish Gathering

Prayer for the Synod

Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever. Amen.

Parishes are encouraged to make copies/distribute electronically any of these resources. Please share these on your parish website, newsletter, noticeboard, and social media. We want to hear from as many people as possible. If you require printed copies of these resources, please request these by emailing


Synod FAQs

When will the Synod take place?

The Diocesan Stage of the Universal Synod took place from November 2021 – April 2022. Eventually, after diocesan, national and continental gatherings, the Synod of Bishops will gather in Rome in 2023 to reflect on what has been heard.

Who can participate?

Everyone! All the baptised are asked to share their personal experiences, but the synodal process is also open to all who want to help the Church on this journey.

How does the process work?

The process began in each Diocese and then moves to the level of the Bishops’ Conference. From there, discernment takes place in the Regional Area – for England and Wales, it would be steered by the European Council of Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) – before moving to the Universal Church with the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in 2023.

What will happen to the submissions?

We have gone through your submissions individually, making sure to consider every participant’s input. The data has been synthesised into the document at the top of this page. This will help us in discerning the way forward for our Diocese, and will be considered on a national, continental, and universal level.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact:

Synod, Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP
Tel: 0161 817 2214