Synod Opening Mass on Oct. 17

In October, Pope Francis will formally open a three-year synodal journey “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission” that includes three phases of consultations and discernment – diocesan, continental and universal – culminating in October 2023.

The process will begin in local dioceses. Bishop Walkowiak will mark the opening of the synod in our diocese with Mass on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Join him in person for Mass, or watch live on the diocesan website,, or on the Diocese of Grand Rapids Facebook page.

To read more about the synod, visit the Vatican News website,, and look for Bishop’s column in the September issue of FAITH Grand Rapids magazine.