XVI General Ordinary Assembly

Synod on Synodality
“My dream is that the Synod will enable every single follower of Christ to assume the responsibilities of baptism. What it means to be immersed into the life, dying and rising in Christ and to be witnesses of the Kingdom in our world today” 
Bishop David Oakley

Synod on Synodality

4th October – 29th October 2023

Two years after the synodal journey began in our dioceses, the XVI General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will convene in Rome beginning on  4th October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.

The first session of the Assembly will be organised into plenery and language groups of twelve people. The Instrumentum Laboris, the working document for the synod, is divided into four sections or modules. Module one is titled ‘For A Synodal Church’. Each module will be the focus of the different stages of the synod. The other three modules are ‘Communion, participation and mission’.

At the synod there will be 400 participants of which 370 are voting members. From Engalnd and Wales, there are four voting members. Archbishop John Wilson, the Archbishop of Southwark and Bishop Marcus Stock from the Diocese of Leeds are Episcopal members nominated by their brother bishops, whilst Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Fr Jan Nowotnik, the mission director for Bishops Conference were papal nominations. Proffessor Anna Rowlands and Dr Austen Iveriegh are non-voting expert / faciliatators.