Synod 2021-2023

“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:

What is the Synod and Why Should I Care? Part 1: A True Season of the Spirit

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

Prayer Card 

Click here to view this prayer card for Synod 2021-2023 


RCDA Powerpoint

Official Synod website 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 

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!

Read Bishop Scharfenberger’s full column on the opening of the Synod in the Diocese of Albany