Synod 2020

In 2020 the Archdiocese of Liverpool will hold a Synod. This is an important time for the Archdiocese and for us all.  In preparation for that event, it is seeking to consult as many people as possible about their experience of life today, their understanding of the part the Church could play in our world, and the questions that should be discussed at the Synod.

As we enter the listening and reflection period in Parishes and other places around the Pastoral Areas, listening will be done through the online survey, focus groups facilitated by Fr Peter McGrail at Liverpool Hope University, and by Synod Members in local communities.

At the heart of the listening process are the four Synod questions which begin from the truth that God speaks to us in our everyday lives and, as we reflect on our lives, we encounter Christ (c.f. Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 8).  We are all invited to reflect deeply and respond to these four Synod Questions. 
The four Synod Questions are:

  1. Where in your everyday life do you experience love, truth, goodness, hope, and joy?
  2. When you reflect on your life now, and as you look to the future, what causes you concern or worry?
  3. What is the purpose of the Catholic Church in the world today?
  4. Having reflected on these things, what are the topics you would like to see on the agenda of Synod 2020?
Local listening events will take place in Parishes around the Archdiocese.  News and information about our Parish event will be published in the days to come.
For those unable to get to the local face to face events, you can access the survey now at to reflect and respond to the 4 questions. The survey remains open until 30th June 2019 and you are encouraged to share the link within your families and friends.

If you do not have access to the internet there will be opportunities to become involved and share your thoughts and reflections in the weeks to come through our local listening events

It is through this great project of listening that we will begin to discern the Church God is calling us to be.  For more information about Synod 2020 visit the Synod Home Page -

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