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XXV General Synod

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 1 Oct 2018 until 3 Oct 2018
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Location
Our Lady of The Snows Shrine Hotel

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XXV General Synod of the Polish National Catholic Church

Western Diocese – Belleville, IL

The deadline for registration was August 31, 2018.

Click here for the Tentative Agenda.
Click here for general information.

If you have any questions regarding Synod Registration (including hotel reservation information), please contact the Western Diocesan Chancery at 847-698-0578 or via email at westerndiocesepncc@gmail.com.

On Friday, September 7, 2018, the Office of the Prime Bishop sent out (via USPS 1st Class Mail) the Synod reports to all registered delegates who have submitted their yellow mandate to the Office of the Prime Bishop.  All of the reports, as well as the proceedings from the last synod in 2014, are contained on a USB flash drive.  If you desire to have a printed copy of the reports, this can be done from the flash drive at any commercial copy center, or on your home computer.  The Office of the Prime Bishop will not be making hard copies as it is a tremendous expense.

Some important things to remember about this upcoming Synod are that we are trying to build on what was accomplished at the General Synod four years ago.  At that Synod a general plan of action was laid out to select five areas of focus: 1) Growth and Membership, 2) Increase Spirituality, 3) Lifelong Learning, 4) Sacred Vocations and 5) Community Involvement and Presence.  In an effort to build upon this plan we will have a number of sessions during the General Synod in 2018 where we will: 1) evaluate the work of the past four years and make suggestions for improvement, 2) discuss successes and challenges in each of the 5 areas, 3) further develop the 5 areas and create further directions of implementation and lastly 4) make a more concrete plan for the years 2018-2022.

At each General Synod the membership of the National Commissions is set for the following four year period.  These names are submitted by the Prime Bishop with volunteers taken from the Synod delegates and then confirmed by the Synod body.  Although it is often only Synod delegates who become members of these Commissions, this is not required.  Anyone who is interested in working to help the Church on a Synodal Commission may submit their name.  Those submissions will be evaluated by the Prime Bishop and then presentation will be made to the General Synod.  The list of National Commissions is: 1) Constitution, 2) Mission and Evangelism, 3) Budget and Finance, 4) School of Christian Living, 5) Liturgy, 6) Church Doctrine, 7) Clergy Salary and Benefits, 8) History and Archives and 9) Sacred Vocations.  Please consider if your talents may help the Church in serving on one of these Commissions.  The April Edition of God’s Field (page 6) provides a more extensive description of the work of each Commission.

Please pray for the Holy Synod, for the bishops and all the clergy, and for all of our lay delegates.  There is much important work that needs to be done as we chart a way forward to continue to build up the Kingdom of God with our Polish National Catholic Church.

O Holy Spirit, as the moments of Holy Synod approach, inspire and enlighten our bishops, clergy and delegates.  As You descended upon our Lord Jesus Christ at the moment of His baptism, descend once again upon His body, the Church.  In the preparations that will take place and in the proceedings that will occur, let all gathered in Holy Synod, listen to Him Who is our Lord.  We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with the Father and the same Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

 

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