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The Diocese of San Diego, along with all dioceses across the world, will celebrate a Mass on Oct. 17 to mark the beginning of the diocesan phase of the next Synod of Bishops in 2023.
Bishop Robert McElroy, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishops John Dolan and Ramón Bejarano, will celebrate the special liturgy at 3 p.m. that will be livestreamed.
The theme of the synod is “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.”
The consultative process at the diocese will begin in early 2022 and will explore 10 general themes: Companions on the Journey; Listening; Speaking Out; Celebration; Sharing Responsibility for Our Common Mission; Dialogue in Church and Society; Ecumenism; Authority and Participation; Discerning and Deciding; and Forming Ourselves in Synodality.
The insights gathered from local Catholics will be combined with those from other dioceses and will then be used to guide the discussion at the international level. The synod process will conclude with a General Assembly at the Vatican in October 2023.