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Prayerful sharing highlights first pre-synod prayer, listening events

Prayerful sharing highlights first pre-synod prayer, listening events

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Bob White, pastor of St. Victoria in Victoria, got a front row seat to the first Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Event, which was held at his parish about 25 miles southwest of Minneapolis and drew 310 people from as far away as the Twin Cities.

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Pre-synod prayer and listening events schedule

Pre-synod prayer and listening events schedule

| September 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Twenty Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Events are being held around the archdiocese this fall and winter to advise Archbishop Bernard Hebda on what topics should be addressed in the 2021 Archdiocesan Synod.

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Synod suggestion is music to committee members’ ears

Synod suggestion is music to committee members’ ears

| August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

When the archdiocesan synod executive committee met in recent months to find ways to generate enthusiasm in the pews for prayer and listening events that begin in September, one member suggested singing a new tune.

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Archdiocesan synod planned for 2021

Archdiocesan synod planned for 2021

| June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

On June 8, Catholics from around the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will gather at St. Peter in Mendota to pray with a particular intention in mind: to invite the Holy Spirit’s guidance throughout an archdiocesan synod process starting this year.

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Moving forward together

Moving forward together

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | June 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

At this year’s Vigil of Pentecost, I will be formally announcing that our archdiocese will be embarking on a synod, our first since 1939.

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Synod executive committee members

Synod executive committee members

| June 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

FATHER JOSEPH BAMBENEK is pastor of St. Pius X and chaplain of Frassati Catholic Academy, both in White Bear Lake. As of July 1, he will join the Archdiocesan Catholic Center staff as assistant director of the archdiocesan synod and will help the Parish Services Team with parish planning. He was ordained in 2010 after working in strategic planning with electric utility companies in Michigan.

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Synod 101

Synod 101

| June 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

For Catholics familiar with the term, a “synod” evokes the idea of the Synod of Bishops, or a gathering of bishops at the Vatican to discuss a particular topic, sometimes over several weeks. Recent synods of this kind include the Synods of Bishops on the Family in 2014 and 2015, and the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment in 2018.

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Synod process aims to be collaborative, wide-reaching and led by Holy Spirit

Synod process aims to be collaborative, wide-reaching and led by Holy Spirit

| June 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

In autumn 2015, Archbishop Bernard Hebda was apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, an interim role to help the local Church transition between archbishops. He held 10 listening sessions around the archdiocese to gather information for the next archbishop — only to have Pope Francis appoint him to the job the following March.

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