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Synod of Bishop 2018

Pre-Synod 2018

The path leading up to the Synod of Bishops is a long journey. The synodal process doesn’t simply begin when the Synod begins. Many steps are involved in bringing about a fruitful and productive discussion.

In 2016, Pope Francis announced the theme for the 2018 Synod of Bishops: “Young people, the faith, and vocational discernment”. The following year, the Working Document was published, along with an online questionnaire to which young people could respond. The Church insisted she wanted the direct involvement of young people. Then, in October 2017, the Holy Father invited them to a week-long meeting to further the preparatory work of the Synod Fathers.

From March 19-25, three hundred young people from around the world will be in Rome for a pre-synodal meeting. It is one more step in helping to pave the way for the upcoming Synod of Bishops (October 3-28, 2018). Over the course of the week, the delegates will take part in large group and small language group discussions, and respond to 15 questions. Their answers will be synthesized into one Final document to be presented to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops on their final day. The results of the pre-Synod will be incorporated into the Instrumentum laboris (Working document), the basis for the Synod Fathers’ deliberations next October.

In March, the young delegates were individually chosen by their country’s episcopal conference. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is sending two delegates: Jacob Dustyhorn and Emilie Callan. Jacob is a university student in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Emilie is an ambassador and producer at Salt + Light TV in Toronto, Ontario.
Emilie Callan
Jacob Jason



Salt + Light TV presents a nationally televised forum with young Canadians, Cardinal Kevin Farrell and Pope Francis to prepare for the October 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth.


In preparation for the Synod on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann speaks with young people, taking their pulse on some of the big questions in life, and tries to identify the most effective ways to announce the Good News to young people today.


The 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World focused largely on the family, language and church teaching.


From September 22-25, thousands of families from around the world will meet in Philadelphia, PA, the city of brotherly love. Started by Saint John Paul II in 1992 the World Meeting of Families takes place in a different country every three years and seeks to strengthen the sacred bonds of family life while giving families an opportunity to meet and celebrate together....


How is the Spirit calling you to discipleship? Join host, Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann, for a LIVE web-streamed discussion with a panel of young religious and young Catholics who are discerning their vocation.


Pope Francis’ Message for the 2018 World Day of Vocations
Today, on the fourth Sunday of Easter, the Church celebrates the 55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations Read full text of the Holy Father's message. ...read more
Official Text of Pre-Synodal Meeting Document 2018!!
Here is the final document from the Pre-synod of Bishop 2018. These reflections were borne out of the meeting of more than 300 young representatives from around the world, convened in Rome March 19-24 ...read more
Inside the Pre-Synod with Your Canadian Delegates
Emilie Callan, one of your Canadian delegates at the pre-synodal meeting, talks about her first day in Rome with 300 other youths from around the world. “Young people never won the Nobel prize for being cautious!” It’s not unusual to hear memorable nuggets such as this one come from the mouth of Pope Francis. He ...read more
Where are young people today? That is really the question that the Church hopes to address this year. In October 2018, bishops from around the world will, once again, gather in Rome for a Synod. The topic of this meeting is Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Proclaiming the joy of the Gospel is ...read more
National Youth Forum on “Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment”
On Canada’s Salt and Light Television – October 22, 2017 With the participation of Pope Francis and Cardinal Kevin Farrell A nationally televised youth forum on the theme of “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment” will air on Canada’s Salt and Light Catholic Television Network on Sunday evening, October 22, 2017. Taped in “Fr. Michael McGivney ...read more
Salt + Light TV presents a nationally televised forum with young Canadians, Cardinal Kevin Farrell and Pope Francis to prepare for the October 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth. Click here to watch the forum ...read more
Pope Francis writes to young people ahead of Synod on Vocational Discernment
Pope Francis has written a letter to young people as the Church prepares for a Synod of Bishops on the theme: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. The Pope’s letter was published on Friday ahead of a press conference at the Holy See Press Office to present the preparatory document for the Synod which ...read more
Preparatory Document of the 2018 Synod of Bishops
Here is the text of the preparatory document for the XV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “Young people, faith and vocation discernment,”to take place in Rome in October 2018. Introduction “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” ...read more


Taking the Pulse EP4 –
Interview with Pre-Synod Delegate Emilie Callan

Pre-Synod Day 1 on Perspectives

Pre-synod 2018
Pope Francis Meeting on Young People (Part 2)

Pre-synod 2018
Pope Francis Meeting on Young People (Part 1)