Synod 2021-2024 / Sínodo 2021 – 2024



These voices and yours will help us to learn from one another and grow closer to God.

The Synod opened in Rome on October 9, 2021, followed by the opening in each diocese on October 17, 2021. This process is calling together all the people of God – clergy, religious and laity – to listen, dialogue, discern and pray. The goal of the Synod is not to create a new pastoral plan, but rather to be present with each other, learn from each other, and grow closer to the Lord and His Church.

Details on the Synod and the Diocese of St. Cloud’s participation are posted on this page. The diocese hosted consultations and collected reports through June 15, 2022. The diocesan phase of the Synod process ended August 15, 2022. It was followed by a continental phase that runs from September 2022 to March 2023, ending with the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican in October 2023. If you have any questions, contact the Diocesan Synod Team at

El Sínodo se inauguró en Roma el 9 de octubre de 2021, seguido de la apertura en cada diócesis el 17 de octubre de 2021. Este proceso está llamando a todo el pueblo de Dios – clérigos, religiosos y laicos – a escuchar, dialogar, discernir y orar. El objetivo del Sínodo no es crear un nuevo plan pastoral, sino estar presentes unos con otros, aprender unos de otros, acercarnos más al Señor y a Su Iglesia.

Los detalles sobre la participación del Sínodo y de la Diócesis de St. Cloud están publicados en esta página. La diócesis acogió consultas y recopiló informes hasta el 15 de junio de 2022. La fase diocesana del proceso sinodal finalizó el 15 de agosto de 2022. Le siguió una fase continental que se extiende desde septiembre de 2022 hasta marzo de 2023, terminando con la XVI Asamblea General Ordinaria del Sínodo de los Obispos en el Vaticano en octubre de 2023. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con el Equipo Sínodo Diocesano al

Timeline of the Synod Process

  • October 2021 For a Synodal Church: Communion, participation and mission

    The beginning
    Celebration of the opening of the Diocesan synodal phase
  • November 2021 Creation of the Diocesan Synod Team

    As we begin
    The Diocesan Contact Person(s) worked with the collaboration of a core team.
  • November 2021, December 2021 & January 2022 Planning process

    Discerning and Planning
    The Synod team discerned the key areas of focus for the diocese and planned the process.  

June 13 (Monday), 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Fellowship Hall in Belle Prairie

June 7 (Tuesday), 9:15 a.m. One in Faith ACC at St. Rose of Lima in St. Rosa (Church gathering space)

June 5 (Sunday), 7:00 p.m. One in Faith ACC at St. John the Baptist in Meire Grove (Church basement)

June 2 (Thursday), 8:45 a.m. One in Faith ACC at St. Andrew in Greenwald (Church basement)

May 26 (Thursday), 7:00 p.m. One in Faith ACC at Immaculate Conception in New Munich (Church basement)

May 25 (Wednesday), 6:30 p.m. at Saint Andrew in Elk River (school gym, enter building door C – 566 4th St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330)

May 23 (Monday), 7:00 p.m., All Called to Christ ACC (St. John Cantius, St. Anthony’s, St. Augustine’s, Holy Spirit, Newman, St. Mary’s Cathedral) at St. Augustine (in the cafeteria)

May 22 (Sunday), 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s in St. Cloud (in the cafeteria after the 9:00 a.m. Mass)

May 21 (Saturday), 9:30 a.m. at Mary of the Visitation in Becker (parish lunch hall just off their churches main entrance to the right – 12100 Sherburne Ave., Becker, MN 55308)

May 19 (Thursday), 9:30 a.m. at Christ Our Light in Princeton (St. Ed’s Hall, the downstairs hall – door #8 – 804 7th Avenue S., Princeton, MN 55371)

May 18 (Wednesday), 7:00 p.m. One in Faith ACC at St. Michael in Spring Hill (Church basement)

May 17 (Tuesday), 7:00 p.m. One in Faith ACC at St. Marys in Melrose (Church gathering space)

May 17 (Tuesday), 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sauk Rapids Government Center in Sauk Rapids (250 Summit Ave N, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379)

May 15 (Sunday), 2:00 p.m. at St. Kathyrn in Ogilvie

May 15 (Sunday), 8:30 a.m. at St. Joseph in Waite Park (in the church basement after the 7:30 a.m. Mass)

May 15 (Sunday), 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph in Waite Park (in the church basement after the 9:00 a.m. Latin Mass)

May 14 (Saturday), 5:45 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church in St. Cloud

May 13 (Friday), Lay Ecclesial Ministers at Saint John’s University 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please sign-up here:   

May 12 (Thursday), 7:oo p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sartell Community Center in Sartell (850 19th Street South – Sartell, MN) 

May 12 (Thursday), 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at El Loro in Sauk Rapids (Young Adult Theology on Draft Event)

May 9 (Monday), 7:00 p.m. One in Faith ACC at Sacred Heart in Freeport (Church basement)

May 4 (Wednesday), 7:00 p.m. at Seven Dolors in Albany (Parish Gym) 

May 4 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross in Harding (church basement)

May 3 (Tuesday), 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s in Lastrup (parish center)

May 3 (Tuesday), 7:30 p.m. at All Saints – St. Mary’s in Holdingford

May 3 (Tuesday), 7:00 p.m. at St. Stanislaus in Bowlus

May 1 (Sunday), 6:00 p.m. at St. Columbkille in St. Wendel

April 28 (Thursday), 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception in St. Anna

April 27 (Wednesday), 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi in St. Francis

April 27 (Wednesday), 6:30 p.m. at St. Louis in Paynesville

April 26 (Tuesday), 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s in Upsala

April 25 (Monday), 7:00 p.m. at St. Edwards in Elmdale

April 25 (Monday), 6:30 p.m. at St Elizabeth Ann Seton in Isanti

April 21 (Thursday), 6:30 p.m. at Sts Peter & Paul in Braham

April 18 (Monday), 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King in Cambridge

March 30 (Wednesday), 8:00 p.m. at Holy Cross in Harding (church basement)

March 29 (Tuesday), 8:00 p.m. at St. John’s in Lastrup (parish center)

March 21 (Monday), 6:30 p.m., St. Mary’s, Alexandria (Great Hall)

March 20 (Sunday), 1:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception in Osakis (church basement)

Feb. 26 Diocesan Men’s Conference – for registered Men’s Conference participants

Feb. 17 Diocesan Planning Council – for the Diocesan Planning Council members

Feb. 15 Annunciation, Mayhew Lake Pastoral Council – for the pastoral council members

Feb. 5 Diocesan Pastoral Council – for the Diocesan Pastoral Council members

Jan. 30 Youth Rally – for registered youth rally participants

Jan. 10 Sacred Heart, Sauk Rapids – Pastoral Council – for the Sacred Heart Pastoral Council members

26 de Marzo Comunidad Latina/Hispana

The official logo of the synodal path

A large, majestic tree, full of wisdom and light, reaches for the sky. A sign of deep vitality and hope which expresses the cross of Christ. It carries the Eucharist, which shines like the sun. The horizontal branches, opened like hands or wings, suggest, at the same time, the Holy Spirit.

The people of God are not static: they are on the move, in direct reference to the etymology of the word synod, which means “walking together”. The people are united by the same common dynamic that this Tree of Life breathes into them, from which they begin their walk.

These 15 silhouettes sum up our entire humanity in its diversity of life situations of generations and origins. This aspect is reinforced by the multiplicity of bright colours which are themselves signs of joy. There is no hierarchy between these people who are all on the same footing: young, old, men, women, teenagers, children, lay people, religious, parents, couples, singles, healthy, disabled; the bishop and the nun are not in front of them, but among them. Quite naturally, children and then adolescents open their walk, in reference to these words of Jesus in the Gospel: ” I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children”. (Mt 11:25)

The horizontal baseline: “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission” runs from left to right in the direction of this march, underlining and strengthening it, to end with the title “Synod 2021 – 2023”, the high point that synthesizes the whole.

The author Isabelle de Senilhes

French, I live in Paris and I am a freelance graphic designer and communications officer. I also have experience as a journalist. I studied at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Orléans and at the École Estienne in Paris. My professional activity started in 1997 with the Dominican friars, during World Youth Day in Paris. My career to date has been marked by many wonderful encounters in Christian and humanitarian circles: publishing houses, press groups, dioceses, religious orders, associations… It also extends to the wider secular network of companies, services and communication and event agencies, think-tanks… I like literature, photography, dance, interior design. I participate in art and heritage restoration projects. I enjoy hiking and horseback riding in nature and travelling. Cooking and winemaking are an art of living for me. I am involved in voluntary work to protect the environment.

El logotipo oficial del camino sinodal

Un árbol grande y majestuoso, lleno de sabiduría y luz, llega al cielo. Signo de profunda vitalidad y esperanza que expresa la cruz de Cristo. Lleva la Eucaristía, que brilla como el sol. Las ramas horizontales, abiertas como manos o alas, sugieren, al mismo tiempo, el Espíritu Santo.

El pueblo de Dios no es estático: Está en movimiento, en referencia directa a la etimología de la palabra sínodo, que significa «caminar juntos». Las personas están unidas por la misma dinámica común que este Árbol de la Vida les respira, desde la cual comienzan su caminata.

Estas 15 siluetas resumen toda nuestra humanidad en su diversidad de situaciones de vida de generaciones y orígenes. Este aspecto se ve reforzado por la multiplicidad de colores brillantes, que son en sí mismos signos de alegría. No hay jerarquía entre estas personas que están todas en el mismo pie: Jóvenes, ancianos, hombres, mujeres, adolescentes, niños, laicos, religiosos, padres, parejas, solteros, sanos, discapacitados; el obispo y la monja no están delante de ellos, sino entre ellos. Naturalmente, los niños y entonces Los adolescentes abren su camino, en referencia a estas palabras de Jesús en el Evangelio: « Yo os alabo, Padre, Señor del cielo y de la tierra, porque habéis ocultado estas cosas de los sabios y aprendidos y las habéis revelado a los niños pequeños». (Mt 11, 25)

La línea de base horizontal: «Para una Iglesia sinodal: Comunión, participación y misión» va de izquierda a derecha en la dirección de esta marcha, subrayándola y fortaleciéndola, para terminar con el título «Sínodo 2021 – 2023», punto alto que sintetiza el conjunto.

La autora Isabelle de Senilhes

Francés, vivo en París y soy diseñador gráfico independiente y oficial de comunicaciones. También tengo experiencia como periodista. Estudié en la École des Arts Décoratifs de Orléans y en la École Estienne de París. Mi actividad profesional comenzó en 1997 con los frailes dominicanos, durante la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud en París. Mi carrera hasta la fecha ha estado marcada por muchos encuentros maravillosos en círculos cristianos y humanitarios: Editoriales, grupos de prensa, diócesis, órdenes religiosas, asociaciones…Me gusta la literatura, la fotografía, la danza, el diseño interior. Participo en proyectos de restauración de arte y patrimonio. Me gusta caminar y montar a caballo en la naturaleza y viajar. Cocinar y hacer vino son un arte de vivir para mí. Estoy involucrado en el trabajo voluntario para proteger el medio ambiente.


Preparatory Document (PDF)

Official Handbook for Listening and Discernment in Local Churches (Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality)

Articles on the Synod 2021–2024 in The Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine

El recurso

Documento Preparatorio (PDF)

Vademecum para el Sínodo sobre la Sinodalidad [Manual oficial para la escucha y el discernimiento en las iglesias locales]

Artículos sobre el Sínodo 2021-2024 en The Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine