Pope Francis has ratified the delegates elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to participate in the Synod that will take place October 3-28

Archbishop José H. Gomez is among the bishops elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and ratified by Pope Francis to represent the United States at the upcoming XV Ordinary General Assembly: Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to take place October 3-28.

“It is an honor and privilege to be selected to represent the Church in the United States," said Archbishop Gomez. “I’m happy to join my brother U.S. bishops, including our own Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron from Los Angeles. For me, this Synod will be a moment of hope. Many are pessimistic about evangelizing our young people, who face so many challenges in this cultural moment. But I am not. I believe young people are the way for the Church and the hope for the new evangelization of our culture. So I am looking forward to working with my brother bishops from around the world to find new ways to meet these challenges and bring young people to the encounter with Jesus Christ.”

The delegates are Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, President of the USCCB, Archbishop José H. Gomez, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Vice President of the USCCB, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Diocese of Bridgeport, member of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

Pope Francis has ratified the members elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to represent the U.S. at the Synod of Bishops Oct. 3-28. (CNS photos/Bob Roller/Jeffrey Bruno)

The XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops has been convened by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, along with the Vatican Synod Office. In preparation for this Synod, the USCCB and other episcopal conferences, as well as ecclesial movements, associations, and experts in the field, were consulted throughout 2017 on the topic of “young people, the faith, and vocational discernment.” 

In addition, the Vatican collected responses from an online questionnaire aimed at youth and young adults conducted last year. In March 2018, over 300 young adult delegates gathered in Rome, where Pope Francis convened a pre-synod gathering to listen directly to the voice of young people from around the world. The gathering produced a Final Pre-Synodal document.

The Working Document (“Instrumentum Laboris”) for the October Synod was released in late June 2018 and includes a summary of all the Synod consultations to date. It describes the purpose of the 2018 Synod of Bishops as an opportunity for the Church “to accompany all young people, without exception, towards the joy of love,” realizing that “taking care of young people is not an optional task for the Church, but an integral part of her vocation and mission is history.”  

“After a lively discussion with our brother bishops at the Spring 2018 General Assembly on the topic of the Synod, we are happy to receive this Instrumentum Laboris, and look forward to exploring how it sheds light on the pastoral challenges of United States. The 2018 Synod will powerfully renew the Catholic Church’s engagement with youth and young adults, and provide a deeper understanding of vocational discernment,” said Cardinal Joseph Tobin and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

Visit the official Vatican website for the Synod, which is inclusive of the Pre-Synod gathering, at http://www.synod2018.va/content/synod2018/en.html. The official USCCB webpage for the Synod is www.usccb.org/synod-2018.


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