Synod 2021-2023

The Church of God is convoked in Synod. With this convocation, Pope Francis invites the whole Church to question itself on synodality: a decisive theme for the life and mission of the Church.

Participating in the Synod on Synodality in the RC Diocese of Aberdeen

The Diocesan Phase of the Synod is now underway with meetings occurring in parishes and groups throughout the diocese. Questions to consider for the Synod are available here: Synod Questions Brochure.

Parish Meetings
The best way to participate in the Synod is to attend the synod meeting in your local parish. This will allow you to truly enter into the conversation by sharing your thoughts and listening to others.

  • Dates should be advertised in your parish newsletter. Alternately, please get in touch with your parish priest or the diocesan synodal team for details.

Cultural/Language groups
In addition to parish gatherings, facilitators have been appointed to coordinate meetings for cultural/language groups around the diocese. If this applies to you, you are invited to attend the relevant meeting, or submit your contribution to the diocesan synodal team using the contact form on this page, and we will forward it to the respective facilitator.

  • French – Friday 25 March, 7:45pm, St Francis of Assisi, 231 Deeside Gardens, Aberdeen, AB15 7PR
  • Polish – Sunday 27 March, 4:00pm, St Mary’s Cathedral, 20 Huntly Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1SH
  • African – Saturday 2 April, 12:00-3:00pm, St Columba, Braehead Way, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, AB22 8RR
  • Spanish – This meeting took place on Saturday 12 March, but contributions written in Spanish may be sent to the facilitator until 5 April.

Individual contributions
If you are unable to attend a meeting in person, you may contribute to the Synod by writing to the diocesan synodal team. Please use the contact form on this page to email the team or post your written contribution to Deacon Tony Schmitz at St Mary’s House, 14 Chanonry, Old Aberdeen, ABERDEEN, AB24 1RP.

The purpose of the Synod, and therefore of this consultation, is not to produce documents, but “to plant dreams, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts, give strength to our hands.”

Live News Feed from the Vatican – #SYNOD2023

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Bishop Hugh: Pastoral Letter for the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope you have been refreshed by the celebrations of Christmas and New Year. As you know, Pope Francis has invited the whole Church to embark on a “synodal journey”, one that will climax at the next Synod of Bishops in October 2023.   read more →

Parish Resources


Contact the Diocesan Synodal Team:

For further details, visit the Vatican’s Synod Website

“By walking together, and together reflecting on the journey made, the Church will be able to learn from what it will experience which processes can help it to live communion, to achieve participation, to open itself to mission.”


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