Parish: 233-3092 | School: 232-5290 | Faith Formation: 232-3514 | 2900 Hoover Avenue, Ames IA

Pope Francis has called for the people of God and clergy to convene and work together to discern a vision for the future of the Church. We are to listen to each other and most importantly the Holy Spirit – a synod process – to discern what direction our Church, including local parishes, should follow moving forward.

In the Archdiocese of Dubuque we’ll talk, listen, and proceed to decision-making about the topic of the parish community:

  • What makes for a viable parish? How parishes serve the poor; learn and teach the Gospel; prayer and worship.
  • How is it determined which parishes will be closed, merged, or remain the same?
  • How many parishes can one priest reasonably serve?

We’ll listen to all the voices that speak to the matter to collaborate on setting the criteria for decision-making as we move forward on parish viability and vitality in the archdiocese.
 
Archdiocesan Synod Process
There will be two parts for people to give input related to the synod.

Part One, February 2022 – All archdiocesan households will receive in the mail a survey related to the issues of parish viability and vitality. The survey will be available online and we encourage all who are able to complete it electronically.  There will also be an option to complete a hard copy and send it in. Completed surveys are due no later than March 1, 2022.

Part Two, January – March 2022 – Several focus groups will be held at locations across the archdiocese. These selected groups will represent people who often times find themselves on the periphery of society and/or the church to ensure their input is also welcomed and heard – a significant part of the synodal process. This will occur in late January through mid-March. 
 
Archdiocesan Synod Reporting
Spring 2022 – Two reports will be created based on the input received. The first report will be sent to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) detailing what we learned. The second, more important report will detail what we learned, how we will implement what was learned for parish planning purposes, and next steps in that process. This report will be made available to all in the archdiocese.