Youth Synod

Bishops' Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocation Discernment

22/08/2018 11:48 am

Pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in Warsaw, Poland

3 - 28 October 2018

In October 2018 Catholic Bishops from around the world will meet in Rome to focus on how the church helps, guides and accompanies young people as they grow in faith and discern the part they can play in shaping the future of the Church.

The participants will take part in a Synod of Bishops meeting in the Vatican to discuss and debate the subject in question. In 2018 the theme is: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

It is the fifteenth Ordinary General Assembley of the Synod of Bishops. 

Ahead of the Synod, a preliminary outline document called a Lineamenta is prepared and distributed to all concerned for comment. Based on the responses to this, a working document - the Instrumentum Laboris - is released globally and acts as the basis for discussions at the Synod.

When gathered in Rome, the assembly examines the proposals, or propositiones, put forward by members and passes those that receive approval to Pope Francis. The Pope uses these as a guide for a post-synodal apostolic exhortation - a papal document often written following a synodal gathering of bishops.

Working Document

You can read the synod's working doecument - the Instrumentum Laboris - by downloading this PDF:

Instrumentum Laboris: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment 496.33 kB

Pre-Synod Meeting

Earlier this year, Isaac Withers represented young Catholics from England and Wales at a Pre-Synod meeting - a gathering of 300 young people from around the world.

The group met in Rome in March 2018 to 'share prophetic dreams', as Pope Francis would say, to help guide and inform the main Bishops' Synod meeting later in the year.

The Pope offered a listening ear to consider and appreciate the views of the world's youth to improve how the Church accompanies young people.

Read more about the Pre-Synod Meeting.

The Holy See has a dedicated website for the Synod of Bishops October meeting.