What Is a Synod?

The word synod means to ‘journey together’

A synod is a worldwide gathering of bishops, with other delegates and experts, to discuss and discern how the Church responds to a certain issue. Those bishops representing their country are called to bring the thoughts and hopes of the people they represent.

The 2024 synod will not be responding to a particular issue, rather it will be reflecting on how the nature or culture of the Church can be more synodal - a wider listening to the Holy Spirit speaking through all peoples.

January 2022: Continental Phase Consultation

In January 2022, Bishop Patrick asked that parishes and communities make this two-sided sheet available for as many people as possible to complete and return to Bishop's House. With thanks to all who took part in this!

From Your Parish, to the Vatican

The word synod means to ‘journey together’

We are inviting each Catholic community to reflect on their dream for the Church and how to make that a reality. We want to listen to everyone, not only the leaders of our parishes, chaplaincies, and schools, but also to those at the margins of our community.

Catholic Community

Every Catholic community is invited to meet together and listen to one another and the Holy Spirit, reflecting on how we can become a missionary Church.

Collecting Reflections

We will collect these reflections from across our diocese into a report and present this to the Bishop's Conference of England & Wales, in April 2022.

European Conference

Our report will help to form the national report that will go to the European Bishop's Conference and then on to the worldwide meeting in Rome.

So How Did We Begin?

As a diocese we encouraged the process to happen at the most local level possible; in our parishes, chaplaincies, and schools. We encourage you to contact your parish priest, headteacher, or chaplain and speak with him or her about how you can still get involved. 

Pentecost 2022

We did not ask parishes, schools, and chaplaincies to do this great work and then wait nearly two years to hear what is said in Rome. We want to see these communities listen to the Holy Spirit and then be empowered into action.

We will invited each parish to make concrete commitments that they will get to work on straight away! Contact your parish or deanery to ask what their commitments are.

Universal Phase

October 2023



Previewing the Synod – A historic moment in the life of the Catholic Church

Together - Gathering of the People of God

September 2023



Pope Francis announced an ecumenical prayer vigil on Saturday, 30th September, at St. Peter's Square in Rome to precede the next assembly of the Synod of the Roman Catholic Church. This event is connected to the path of Christian unity and the Church's synodal conversion. Young people attending will have a special program organised by the Taizé community. The Pope invites Christians from all denominations to join this "Gathering of the People of God."

Continental Phase

February 2023



The Continental Assembly, part of the Catholic Church’s ongoing synodal journey, took place in Prague from 5-12 February 2023. It presented an opportunity for the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Europe to come together to discuss the realities faced by the Church and the People of God in their respective countries. The Rev Dr Jan Nowotnik is our Director of Mission here at the Bishops’ Conference. He was part of a four-person delegation, led by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, sharing perspectives from our National Synthesis with fellow delegates in Prague.

National Synthesis

April 2022



Diocesan and national organisational reports were submitted to the Bishops’ Conference just before Holy Week 2022. The National Synthesis Team then worked on producing the “National Synthesis” – reflecting on the reports received, discerning the main themes that have emerged from the listening conversations, and collating them together to give a picture of the synodal process in England and Wales.

Synodal Evening Prayer

October 2021


Nottingham Diocese

View the recorded livestream here and download the resources below.

Meet Our Team

Rev David Cain
Parish Priest
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