NEW ORLEANS, La. -- It's an historic day for the New Orleans Archdiocese as Archbishop Gregory Aymond gets ready to call for the first General Synod, or church planning session, in almost 30 years.
For area Catholics, this means a time of reflection and input from local parishioners on how the church should conduct itself and its business going forward, and will officially begin a 3-month process of listening and discernment, to create a plan for how the Catholic Church will minister for the next 3 to 5 years. The last synod was held in 1987.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans' plan is to begin a new and historic chapter that will shape the future of the Catholic community. Archbishop Gregory Aymond began the 9th General Synod of the Archdiocese with a small ceremony at the end of the Chrism Mass Tuesday morning.
"I'm very excited about the synod, even though it will be a lot of work and meetings – not only the public meetings but literally hundreds of other meetings by the various committees," said the Archbishop.
"But I think it's exciting when you take time to look at the blessings of the present and move toward a lively, faith-filled and exciting future. This is not only a historic moment for the Archdiocese but a moment that will encourage us in faith, teach us more about the new evangelization and help us to grow as an archdiocese, spiritually and in terms of witness," added Archbishop Aymond.
The Archbishop will attend 16 sessions between June and August, and he is encouraging all Catholics to participate.
The entire process will take at least 18-months to complete.
Click here for a opportunities to participate and list of consultative dates and locations.