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XV 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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Call for the XV General Synod

In accordance with Article VII.A Section 14 and Article VIII.A.(3) of the Constitution and Laws of the Polish National Catholic Church, I hereby issue the call for the XV General Synod to be held within the Western Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church.  The dates and site of the XV General Synod have been set by the Western Diocese as October 1-3, 2018 at Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL, nine miles from St.
Louis, MO.

The Parishes and Societies of the Polish National Catholic Church, as well as the Polish National Union, are reminded to elect their delegates in accordance with the Constitution and Laws of the Polish National Catholic Church.  The Parishes are reminded that the number of delegates that will be seated at the Synod will be in accordance with the obligations that have been paid to the Church by the end of its fiscal year on February 28, 2018.  The address to request Mandates will be published in a future edition of God’s Field and sent to all parishes with other information.

For the election of delegates to the General Synod, I encourage each Parish of the P.N.C.C. and Society or Organization of the Church or the P.N.U. to examine Article VII.A of the Constitution.

According to Article VII.A of the Constitution the composition of the Synod consists of 1) the active Bishops, 2) the members of the Supreme Council, 3) the vice-rector of the Seminary, 4) the Pastor or Administrator of each Parish, 5) the lay delegates of the Parish, 6) a delegate to be elected from the central body and each Diocesan sub-central body, if any, from each of the following United Societies and Organizations: a) the United Women’s Societies for the Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament; b) the United Young Men’s Societies of Resurrection; c) the National United Choirs of the Polish National Catholic Church; and (d) the National United Youth Association; 7) One delegate from the Board of Directors of the Polish National Union of America and one delegate from each Diocese of this Church located in the U.S.A. who shall be selected by the Board of Directors of the Polish National Union of America; 8) a delegate from the Education and Youth Commission; and 9) a delegate from Spojnia, Inc. Board of Directors.

The lay delegates from each Parish are to be elected according to Article VII.A, Section 2 of the Constitution.  It states that (1) Every lay delegate of a Parish shall be a member in good standing in his Parish and a member of this Church for not less than two (2) years as set forth in Article III and elected at an Annual Meeting or at a Parish Meeting duly called for this purpose.  (2) Each Parish shall have the right to elect at least one delegate and no Parish shall elect more than one delegate for every fifty (50) members, or a major fraction thereof, in good standing on its Parish roll.

Information regarding registration for the Synod and the making of room arrangements will be forwarded to each of the Parishes and Societies of the Church in the future.  A full agenda of the Synod will also be published in future editions of God’s Field.

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.

I also want to bring to the attention of all that the 2018 General Synod has been planned for only three days.  These will be three full days of work.  This decision was made after extensive discussion with the Supreme Council and a report of a Supreme Council Subcommittee.  It was felt that this plan can certainly be accomplished, but it will require commitment and cooperation from everyone.  It is planned that all reports will be submitted and distributed to the delegates well in advance of the Synod and that there will only be time allowed on the Synod floor for questions and action on motions.

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.  In a future edition of God’s Field a more extensive description of the work of each Commission will be given.

As a conclusion I ask that we each join in prayer that the upcoming Synod will be a spiritual success for the Church and that through it, its work and its plan, the entire Polish National Catholic Church may continue to better serve our Lord Jesus Christ and build up His kingdom on earth.

Prayer for the Church – Almighty and eternal God, You have called us to serve You through the Polish
National Catholic Church.  Hear our prayer for the Prime Bishop, the bishops, priests, deacons, the lay leaders and faithful of our Holy Church.  May Your gifts and blessings strengthen our resolve to serve You and by our example bring others into the Mystical Body of Christ.  May all that we do be for the glory of Your Name and the salvation of Your people.  By our faithful witness and service may we eventually be received into Your eternal kingdom.  We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Most Rev. Anthony A. Mikovsky

Prime Bishop, Polish National Catholic Church

 

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