January 13, 2022 Listening sessions for Pope Francis’ "For a synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission" have launched in dioceses throughout the state. Pope Francis formally launched the two-year global consultation process in October 2021, leading to the 2023 synod with a call to encounter, listen, and learn from others. “We must personally reach out to the peripheries, to those who have left the Church, those who rarely or never practice their faith, those who experience poverty or marginalization, refugees, the excluded, the voiceless, etc.” (Vademecum no. 4.1). The diocesan phase of the synod is scheduled to last until April 2022. A second continental phase will take place from September 2022 to March 2023. The third, universal phase will begin with the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican in October 2023. For more details on participating or helping to facilitate listening sessions, check with your local diocese.