Bishops elected as delegates to Synod of Bishops
Archbishop Patrick O’Regan and Bishop Shane Mackinlay have been elected Australia’s two delegates to the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in 2023.
The delegates were confirmed during the recent plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
In March 2020, Pope Francis announced that the theme of the next Synod of Bishops would be “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission”.
The Pope launched the international journey towards the celebration of the Synod in October this year, with local launches and a diocesan consultation phase commencing soon after.
That local engagement will support the preparation of national syntheses, which will be followed by continental meetings. Australia’s bishops will collaborate with the episcopal conferences of New Zealand, the Pacific and Solomon Islands/Papua New Guinea for that continental meeting.
That preparatory work will help shape the gathering in Rome in October 2023, which Archbishop O’Regan and Bishop Mackinlay will attend.
Archbishop O’Regan, the Archbishop of Adelaide, said: “The people of God in Australia have been embarking on a process of dialogue and discernment through the Plenary Council and their own diocesan initiatives.
“This gives us a strong foundation to our contribution to the Synod process which, unlike previous Synods, has begun with local consultation and listening to many different Church groups and organisations.”
Bishop Mackinlay, the Bishop of Sandhurst and vice-president of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, said: “Pope Francis has given us a wonderful opportunity to discern together about how we might journey together in a way that strengthens our communion, participation and mission.”
Find out more about the Synod of Bishops process at: https://www.catholic.org.au/synodalchurch