“We are all part of the Body of Christ. Everyone has a role to play. Everyone has a place.” — Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger
What is a Synod and why should I care?
In preparation for our diocesan consultations, we are offering three webinars. All priests, parish life coordinators, administrators, parish staffs, parishioners, and others are invited to attend these free events. Each webinar will be offered in the morning and then repeated in the evening. All sessions are via Zoom. A Zoom link and password are sent at time of registration. Each session has a separate registration. Approximate length: 90 minutes.
To register: https://webapps.rcda.org/ParishFaithFormation/
February 1 - 10 a.m. OR 7 p.m.: What is the Synod and Why Should I Care? Part 2: Walking & Listening Together
February 8 - 10 a.m. OR 7 p.m.: What is the Synod and Why Should I Care? Part 3: All the Baptized – Co-responsible for Mission.
For further information, please contact the Office of Lay Ministry & Parish Faith Formation by email or phone (518) 453-6670.
Diocesan Synod Committee
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger
Very Rev. David LeFort, Vicar General
Very Rev. Robert Longobucco, Vicar General & Moderator of the Curia
Ms. Bonni Shippee, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. David Amico, Director, Office of Lay Ministry & Parish Faith Formation, Diocese of Albany
Ms. Amy Brozio-Andrews, Diocesan Archivist
Sister Danielle Bonetti, CSJ, Justice Ministry Coordinator, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province
Ms. Irina Clark, Parishioner, St. Anthony, Schenectady
Mr. Thomas Cronin, Adviser to Bishop on Evangelization
Ms. Erina Dacey, Human Resources Office, Diocese of Albany
Ms. Emily Hampton, Communications Office, Diocese of Albany
Ms. Mary Howard, Parishioner, Holy Trinity Parish, Hudson
Ms. Caitie Lashbrooks, Coordinator for Youth & Young Adult Ministries, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenville, Our Lady of Grace, and St. Joseph's
Mr. Richard Putorti, Director of Music, St. Mary’s Church, Crescent
Rev. Matthew Wetsel, Pastor, Church of the Holy Spirit, Gloversville & Holy Trinity Church, Johnstown
Synod: a definition
“Despite the odd-sounding words, the vision is very simple: it’s about experiencing our faith as a journey together, accompanied by Jesus and the Apostles,” writes Bishop Scharfenberger in his Evangelist column. Essentially, the Synod, as Pope Francis has outlined it, will be about mutual listening and dialoging. It will be about reflecting and journeying together. Don’t get scared off by the unusual words. (Synodality isn’t even in the dictionary!) This local synod process is simply going to be an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, your hopes and your needs as a Catholic. We want to hear from you. We want to know what you need from the Church – both local and universal – to help you on your journey of faith. Together we will take the next steps toward greater unity, greater collaboration, greater faith!