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The local part of the synod on synodality ends with Mass at Holy Cross in Dover on June 22

All are invited to join Bishop Koenig on June 22 at 6 p.m. at the Holy Cross Church in Dover for the closing mass of the diocesan phase of the synod on synodality. Preliminary findings from diocesan-wide listening sessions will be included.

It will be a privileged moment of prayer to give thanks to God for this opportunity to better “walk together” as a church and to reflect on the fruits of the local synodal process, according to a press release from the diocese.

Local participation began with a Mass on October 17, beginning the process in the diocese. Fr. Glenn Evers, the curia’s associate moderator, helped lead the work throughout Delaware and on the east coast of Maryland.

Pope Francis has called on all Catholics to take a deeper look at how we journey as a Church and where the Holy Spirit is calling us, according to Fr. Evers.

To be called to communion, “good and holy communication” is necessary, which is why the pope is emphasizing the process of a local synod, he added.

The diocese held listening sessions with local parishioners beginning in February.

Representatives of parishes from three deaneries – geographical groupings of parishes – met at various locations in the diocese. The sessions, according to the diocese, were “a time of prayer, reflection and sharing” between members of the different parishes chosen by the pastors. They addressed questions about how “walking together” happens in local churches, and how the Holy Spirit invites us to grow in this journey.

Several large-scale listening sessions took place, said Father Evers, co-organizer of local synodal efforts.