Pope Francis formally opened The Synod in Rome in October 2021. The overall theme is ‘For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission’.

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Archdiocese of Birmingham involvement in The Synod

During the Diocesan phase each individual faithful can participate in the diocesan consultation. This phase will end locally with a pre-synodal assembly: the culminating moment of diocesan discernment.

The deadline to receive feedback from parish conversations is Monday 28 February.

The feedback sheet is on page 17 of the Diocesan handbook. Feedback should be sent to this address: [email protected]

The work to be undertaken across the Archdiocese during the Synodal process will be done in conjunction with the ongoing implementation of the Diocesan Vision, Unfolding God’s Plan


Diocesan point of contact

Canon Paul Fitzpatrick is the Chair of the diocesan Synodal Pathway Committee. You can contact Canon Paul directly at [email protected]


Diocesan handbook on the Synod: Walking Together

A guide to help kickstart conversations on the Synod in your parishes and communities is now available to download.

The 'Walking Together' handbook is a step-by-step guide of what to do as meetings get underway.

The deadline to receive feedback from parish conversations is Monday 28 February.

The feedback sheet is on page 17 of the Diocesan handbook. Feedback should be sent to this address: [email protected]

All are invited to participate. And if you need help please email [email protected]

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Parish Synod Events

Conversations are now starting to take place in parishes and communities across the Archdiocese. We are all invited to journey together.

If you're unable to make a meeting in your own parish, consider joining an event at a neighbouring parish.

We're happy to promote your events here.



Diocesan Synod Events

Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission

The next forum is on Tuesday 25 January 2022 at 7pm on Zoom.

Walk Together - To discuss the Synod and how Justice and Peace can be incorporated into parish and group discussions. How can parish Justice and Peace groups get involved?

Canon Paul Fitzpatrick is the guest speaker.

Book here


You can now watch back four online information sessions, recorded on Zoom. Featuring guest speakers Fr Jan Nowotnik, Dr Mary McCaughey, Canon Paul Fitzpatrick (two parts) and Vron Smith.








Handout to accompany Vron Smith's session



Adsumus Prayer for the Synod

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
Download Prayer

Synod Resources

Listen to podcast: Parish Priest Fr Robert Taylerson introduces Spiritual Discernment in the context of Walking Together. Reflections to help with our Synod journey.

Watch! Archbishop Bernard's Pastoral Letter on the Synodal Pathway

Watch! Explaining the Synod process with Fr Jan Nowotnik

Holy Father's Address to the Faithful

Suggested tools for reflecting, sharing and responding to the questions of the Synod

The Spiritual Conversation

Discerning the path for your diocese

Synodal Process

Preparatory Document

Synod Vademecum

Mgr Tim Menezes - Time to Reflect, October 2021, Synodality

Synod website

Pray for the Synod website and app

Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales website

The Synod - FAQ's