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Cultivating Synodality in the Particular Church

January 25, 2023

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Synodality is undeniably a significant focus in the ecclesiology of Pope Francis. Although difficult to define, this ecclesiological model has enormous potential and yet poses a significant challenge to all in the Church as a constitutive key to understanding ecclesial ministry and governance. As a fresh phase in the reception of the Second Vatican Council, synodality generates a personal and pastoral conversion of mentalities and structures to a new way of proceeding in the Church where pastors and faithful pray, meet, work together, take counsel together, and build up consensus.

This webinar offers possibilities to promote synodality by encouraging and developing participative structures at the level of the particular Church. In particular, and by way of example, the webinar will examine the possibility of refashioning aspects of the presbyteral council in accordance with the ecclesiogenesis that comes from the current synodalisation of the Church.



Fr Robert Billing is a priest of the Diocese of Lancaster in the north of England. He completed his STL in Maynooth in 2002. As well as serving in parish and high school chaplaincy work, he has served as Bishop’s Secretary, Diocesan Communications Officer, and Secretary to the Diocesan Trustees. From September 2018 to June 2020, Fr Billing completed his JCL, at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. From September 2020, he commenced his doctoral studies in canon law.

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