Diocese to host ‘listening sessions’ as part of Catholic Church synod
VENICE — The Diocese of Venice will hold several “listening sessions” as part of its participation in the Catholic Church’s synod titled “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission,” a global effort for “deeper communion , a fuller participation and a greater openness to the fulfillment of our mission in the world”, according to Msgr. Frank J. Dewane, bishop of the diocese of Venice.
“These upcoming listening sessions are an important exercise in this area – listening,” Bishop Dewane said. “Pope Francis asked us for our opinion. It is important to listen to each other and to listen to the Holy Spirit as a community and discern what God is calling us to do; learn to become the Church that God calls us to be.
Eleven listening sessions will take place at various locations through May 23. The locations for the listening sessions were chosen with the aim of including the population and geography of the diocese as much as possible. Everyone is welcome.
In the North Area of the Diocese, listening sessions will be held February 16, 6:30-8 p.m., Epiphany Cathedral, 350 Tampa Avenue. West Venice, and February 22, 6:30-8 p.m., St. Peter and Paul the Apostles Parish, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton. To view a full list of listening sessions, visit bit.ly/3uJXsw7.
For those unable to attend a live session, a virtual listening session will take place later in May. The diocese has also set up a dedicated email for those wishing to share their thoughts: [email protected] The information gathered during the listening sessions will be shared with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and, ultimately, with the Vatican.
“Synod” is a venerable word in the tradition of the Catholic Church, and synodality expresses the idea that the whole Church walks together. For more information on “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission,” visit bit.ly/3uK7ME8.
The Diocese of Venice in Florida was created by Saint John Paul II in 1984 and today includes 61 parishes, 15 schools and serves approximately 250,000 Catholics. For more information, visit dioceseofvenice.org.
Submitted by Karen Schwarz