Vermont bishop to convene first synod for Burlington Diocese since 1962

(CNS) Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne has announced plans to convene the first diocesan synod since 1962.

Its purpose is to establish a pastoral plan for the immediate future of the Catholic Church in Vermont and to establish particular laws and policies to do so. This will be at least a yearlong project and is “a serious undertaking by the church,” he said at the chrism Mass April 11. “It is not a simple convening of meetings.”

The bishop will be convener and presider, and the membership of the synod will contain both ex-officio members of the clergy and laity as well as representatives of religious communities, lay fraternities and at-large representation such as young people, parents and minority communities. [More]


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