Fall Speaker Series
Pope Francis officially launched the Synod on Synodality in October 2020. The two-year process will conclude with the meeting of bishops in Rome in October 2023. At roughly the halfway mark of the process, Heidi Schlumpf will summarize how the diocesan and episcopal conference phases are playing out in the U.S. and elsewhere. She will offer perspective: How are U.S. Catholics responding to the pope's call for a church that "walks together"? Is true listening and dialogue possible in a hierarchal church and our polarized country? What effects might the synodal process have on the church of the future?
Heidi Schlumpf is executive editor and vice president of the National Catholic Reporter. She has three decades of experience covering religion, spirituality, social justice and women's issues. A Notre Dame graduate with a master's of theological studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University, she is the author/ editor of three books, on Elizabeth Johnson, prayer, and adoption. Schlumpf lives in Chicago with her husband, Edmund, and their two children, and where she is a member of St. Gertrude Parish.
This summer Pope Francis released an apostolic letter on the liturgy, Desiderio desideravi. It addresses “the liturgical formation of the People of God.”
So what does it say? What’s the context? What does it mean for the faithful?
Learn more with Dr. Maureen Crossen, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Theology, Carlow University
APP is committed to doing all that we can to promote Synodality in Western PA. Synodality is a way of journeying forward, led by the Spirit, in our polarized world for our newly merged parishes, for lay groups associated with religious orders, and other groups wanting to live the Gospel more faithfully. Synodality is an on-going process – of listening to each other and for the Spirit, sharing hopes, experiencing supportive community, and being open and responsive to the pain of the world. Synodality is the way to grow as Church.
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