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Bishop » Survey for the Synod on Families
January 31, 2014
My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
With a grateful and sincere heart, I would like to express my thanks to all the faithful of the Diocese of Metuchen who participated in the recent diocesan-sponsored survey focused between December 5 and 16, 2013. Nearly 6,000 Catholics throughout our four-county Diocese took the time not only to answer the questions posed but, in my view, truly went the extra mile. Your responses were thoughtful, honest, forthright, detailed and personal. I assure you that your voices were heard!
In fact, I was deeply moved and inspired by the personal accounts of suffering and pain – as well as joy and fulfillment – that many of you shared. And I was humbled by your spirit of generosity and trust, both of which were realized through your willingness to share some of your most intimate life experiences and critical encounters with the Church and her people.
After prayer and reflection, I prepared and forwarded my summary at the end of last month on behalf of the Diocese of Metuchen to Rev. Msgr. Ronny E. Jenkins, J.C.D., Secretary General of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
By today, January 31, all U.S. summaries were to have been sent to the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, for consideration at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to be held October 5 to 19, 2014 in Rome, Italy. This meeting of bishops, to be convened by His Holiness Pope Francis, will focus on ‘The pastoral challenges for the family in the context of evangelization.’
In addition to serving the Universal Church, I believe the collective insights generated from this survey of the faithful throughout our Diocese will have a long and lasting impact on our local Church. I intend to share the overall themes and “fruits” with diocesan leadership and ministries, so they may continue to be effective in their outreach and in seeking the face of Christ in all whom they encounter.
Please keep me in your prayers in the days ahead and know that you remain in mine.
Sincerely in the Lord,
Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski
Bishop of Metuchen