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Synod at UIW

The Synod at UIW

Embracing synodality at the University of the Incarnate Word means that all of us, both individually and as a community, are involved in an ongoing process of revision and renewal. For these reasons we will be participating in the Synod process at the invitation of Pope Francis, the USCCB, and the Association of Catholic Colleges.*

The synodal process into which we are being invited to participate is our institutional mission. It is a mission of participation, of belonging, of inclusion, of dialogue, of equality. Its guiding principle, synodality, is a way of walking together. It is an opportunity, especially for us who are lay members of the Church, to build something together, to be creative, and to imagine a new University and - why not? - a new Church.*

*Excerpts from the Embracing Synodality at the University of the Incarnate Word ~ a message from Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, Vice President for Mission and Ministry. Her full message may be found here.

Building Bridges: A Synodal Encounter between Pope Francis and University Students

Below you will find the historic encounter between Pope Francis and university students from North, Central, and South America, held on February 24, 2022. Pope Francis and university students shared concrete educational projects seeking to justly transform environmental and economic realities. Click the image below to watch:

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Archdiocese of San Antonio - Living as a Synodal Church

archdiocese of san antonio synod logoOn January 8, 2022, Auxiliary Bishop Mike Boulette and guest speakers: Prof. Rafael Luciani and Fr. David McCallum, SJ from the Commissions of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in Rome explained how everyone can participate in the consultation process during this online encounter. More resources from the Archdiocese of San Antonio can be found on their website.

The United States and The Vatican

The Synod on Synodality is a two-year process of listening and dialogue beginning with a solemn opening in Rome on October 9 and 10, 2021 with each individual diocese and church celebrating the following week on October 17. The synodal process will conclude in 2023.

Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open Herself to mission.

For more on the Synodal process in the United States visit the USCCB Synod website and around the world at the Vatican's website.