Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph officially submits its synthesis for the Global Synod on Synodality
Following a five month Listening & Discernment phase, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph submitted a 9-page synthesis of the input received from the 24 schools, 28 parishes and eight additional non-parish/school groups who participated between December 1, 2021 and May 1, 2022.
“I am proud of the way our diocese came together, in alignment with our Mutually Shared Vision, as One Family: Restored in Christ, Equipped for Mission. Our parishes, schools and a number of other groups gathered to invite the Holy Spirit into discussions of important topics and themes of our Christian life,” said Bishop James Johnston. “We must continue to invite those on the margins, especially those who do not usually have a voice in our society, to dialog and journey with us.”
More than a dozen specific action items have been identified from the input received and will be evaluated and considered in the coming months.
Youth representation was a highlight of the diocesan phase with more than 70% of diocesan Catholic schools submitting input from students. Diocesan priests, seminarians, Chancery staff, young adult ministry and private Catholic schools or universities also participated.
The Synod on Synodality now enters the regional phase with groups working to synthesizes diocesan reports into regional summaries by the end of July. The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is part of Region IX which includes the cities of Davenport, Des Moines, and Dubuque, Iowa; St. Louis and Jefferson City, Missouri; Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island in Nebraska, among others.