Synod of Bishops 2018

Pope Francis poses for a photo with young people attending World Youth Day during a lunch in Krakow, Poland, on July 30. CNS photo via L’Osservatore Romano

The Holy Father has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to focus on the theme: “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment," which will include young people ages 16-29. The Synod will be held in Rome in October 2018.

According to a Vatican statement, "The theme, an expression of the pastoral care of the Church for the young, is consistent with the results of the recent Synod assemblies on the family and with the content of the post-Synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Its aim is to accompany the young on their existential journey to maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they discover their plan for life and realise it with joy, opening up to the encounter with God and with human beings, and actively participating in the edification of the Church and of society." 


Consultation is being done in our local deaneries and parishes.

Preparatory Document for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Vatican)
Pope's Letter to Young People on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Preparatory Document of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Vatican)
Jan. 27, 2017: Synod 2018: "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment" (Diocese of Camden)
Jan. 13, 2017: Upcoming synod needs young people's voices, pope says (Catholic News Service)
Jan. 13, 2017: Youth to be protagonists in upcoming synod of bishops (Catholic News Agency)
Jan. 13, 2017: USCCB Chairmen welcome Preparatory Document for next Synod focusing on young people, faith, and vocational discernment (USCCB)
Jan. 13, 2017: Presentation of the Preparatory Document of the Synod on “Youth, faith and vocational discernment” (Vatican)
Nov. 23, 2016: In latest meeting, Synod of Bishops finalizes preparatory doc for 2018 (Catholic News Agency)
Nov. 14, 2016: Bishops urged to walk with young people, bring them to deeper faith (Catholic News Service)
Oct. 16, 2016: Synod 2018: Youth, faith and vocational discernment (Vatican)
Oct. 6, 2016: Pope chooses youths, vocational discernment as theme for next synod (Catholic News Service)
Oct. 6, 2016: Youth, discernment Pope's pick for next synod theme (Catholic News Agency)