The diocese of Poitiers celebrates the end of its synod


The diocesan synod, entitled "With the new generations, live the Gospel", ends this Sunday with the promulgation of synodal acts.

Opened in January 2017, the synod of the diocese of Poitiers ends this Sunday at 15:30 with a celebration in the cathedral of Poitiers, presided over by Bishop Pascal Wintzer. This will be preceded in the morning by several walks around – between 3 and 10 km – to meditate on the purposes of the synod as "Invent a church out" or "Recognize and cultivate the spiritual quest of our contemporaries".

" The goal of this Synod was not to bring about an institutional reform, but to be interested in those who let themselves be touched by the newness of the Gospel, the young, but also the catechumensexplains Father Julien Dupont, Episcopal Vicar of the diocese of Poitiers, responsible for the implementation of the synod. It is a matter of defining an ecclesial lifestyle of meeting and sharing. "

More than 4,000 documents have been identified for an estimate of about 15,000 people consulted in the diocese of Poitiers, which has about 180 priests and 50 deacons, and covers the Vienne and the Deux-Sèvres – according to projections The cross in 2014, the diocese should have 41 priests under 75 in 2024. Father Julien Dupont is also happy that this period of reflection will also have "Rooted a digital culture" to make the event live.

The momentum born of this synod – the third in less than thirty years – which is coming to an end must now continue over time. The synodal acts that will be distributed at the end of the Mass are accompanied by a message from Bishop Wintzer entitled "Read, live and love the Gospel". In particular, he invites Catholics in his diocese to continue "Synodal Culture" and to ensure the implementation of the guidance provided through "Synod observers".

Arnaud Bevilacqua


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