For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Launching of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops Diocesan Synodal Phase.

Oct 16, 2021

We, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei, are grateful to launch locally in every diocese the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 2023 with the theme: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.

As stated in the preparatory document: “The purpose of the synod, and therefore, of this consultation, is not to produce documents but to plant dreams, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another, and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts and give strength to our hands”. (Preparatory Document)

In this vision of a Synodal Church, let us move forward as a Church of the People of God, constantly engaged in the dialogue of life, faith, culture, and with the poor in spirit. We move forward as a Church of Missionary-Disciples, made up of clergy, religious and laity, baptised and sent in the one mission of Jesus Christ. And we move forward as a Church of Apostles, the successors of the apostles being the bishops in union with Pope Francis, who, together, exercise the primacy of unity in diversity and continuity together with the primacy of love and truth.

This vision of a Synodal Church calls for:

a) a journey of personal conversion; and

b) obedience to the direction of the Holy Spirit, through the Church.

We do this by being faithful to the process that begins today in the local churches throughout the world, leading to the Synod of Bishops in 2023.

May St Joseph, Guardian of the Universal Church, and Mother Mary, Mother of the Church, intercede for us in our local churches of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

You may read the original documents at the Conference website: https://cbcmsb.org/synod-of-bishops-2023/

Rt Rev Sebastian Francis, DD
President Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia,
Singapore and Brunei (CBCMSB) October 17, 2021

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