“This is the Church we are called to dream: a Church that is the servant of all, the servant of the least. A Church that welcomes, serves, loves. A Church with open doors that is a haven of mercy.”

~ Pope Francis

DWC Synod Listening Session Report

March 1, 2024

On February 22, 2024, a DWC Synod Listening Session was held at St. Leo’s Church for the Martinsburg Vicarate. View the full report by clicking the button below.

Towards October 24

January 31, 2024

The members of the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops adopted a Document for the work to be engaged by the Catholic Church until the celebration of the Second Session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 2024)

A Synodal Church in Mission

November 1, 2023

On Saturday, October 28, the members of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops adopted the Synthesis Report.

Instrumentum Laboris

“Instrumentum laboris” of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Synod 2021 – 2023: Synod Final Reports

The Synod on Synodality is a two-year process of listening and dialogue beginning with a solemn opening in Rome on October 9 and 10, 2021 with each individual diocese and church celebrating the following week on October 17. The synodal process will conclude in October, 2024.

Take some time to review the Synod Reports.

Synod Prayer

Pope Francis has invited people throughout the world to pray this Synod prayer from now until the Synod’s conclusion in 2024.  Please join with our sisters and brothers in praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance as we all share our dreams for our Church.

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the
Father and the Son,
forever and ever.