Pope Francis has called all Catholics to look more deeply into how it is that we are journeying as a church, and where it is that the Holy Spirit is calling us, according to Father Evers.
To be called to communion, “good, holy communication” is necessary, so the pope is emphasizing the process of a local synod, he added.
The diocese conducted listening sessions with local parishioners starting in February.
Representatives from parishes in three deaneries – geographical groupings of parishes – met at various places throughout the diocese. The sessions, according to the diocese, were “a time of prayerful reflection and sharing” among members of different parishes selected by the pastors. They addressed questions about how “journeying together” is happening in local churches, and how the Holy Spirit invites us to grow in this journeying.
Several large-scale listening sessions were held, said Father Evers, co-organizer of synod efforts locally.