Synod 2021 - 2025

Official Synod Website

Interim Stage

On January 2, 2024, the bishops of the United States were asked to hold diocesan-wide listening session regarding the following guiding questions for the Interim Stage of the Synod. The Diocese of Toledo will be participating in this stage. Here is some information from the USCCB that is helping us prepare.


  • Where have I seen or experienced successes—and distresses—within the Church’s structure(s)/organization/leadership/life that encourage or hinder the mission?
  • How can the structures and organization of the Church help all the baptized to respond to the call to proclaim the Gospel and to live as a community of love and mercy in Christ?


  • Include voices that may not have been heard in earlier stages of the Synod, or other groups that were underrepresented in your diocesan consultations.
  • Collaborate with Catholic-affiliated groups and organizations in your diocese, including schools, colleges, non-profits, and healthcare facilities.
  • Focus upon the voices of the People of God and use quotations in the synthesis.

The Universal Stage

Instrumentum Laboris for the First Session of the 2021-2024 Synod: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.

Parish Resources

Pope’s October prayer intention: ‘For the Synod’

“Let us pray for the Church, that she may adopt listening and dialogue as a style of life at every level, allowing herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit towards the world’s peripheries.”

Continental Stage

The Diocese of Toledo is participating in the Continental Phase for North America. This will be a collaboration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). While geographically part of North America, given their long history of partnership and ongoing work of the different Encuentros, Mexico will participate in the Continental Phase through the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM).

North American Final Document for the Continental Stage of the 2021-2024 Synod

“Enlarge the space of your tent” (Is 54:2) - WORKING DOCUMENT FOR THE CONTINENTAL STAGE

U.S. National Synthesis for the 2021-2023 Synod

The National Synthesis of the People of God in the United States of America. The synthesis marks the completion of the Diocesan Phase of the 2021-2023 Synod: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission

"The publication of this document is not a concluding moment, it is instead an invitation to continue to dialogue and discern, together, those matters that weigh heavily on the hearts and minds of Catholics in the U.S." -Bishop Daniel E. Flores

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Click Here for National Synthesis - Spanish

The Diocesan Preparatory Phase: “For a Synodal Church”

Below you will find the Final Document for the Diocese of Toledo Diocesan Preparatory Phase: “For a Synodal Church” that was sent to the USCCB. Click on the button below to download the document.

When referring to writing; writers must often synthesize large amounts of material from many sources into one piece of writing (report, essay, book, etc.). This was our task as we read through all the raw data from all committees, meetings and surveys. We pray that we have represented the heart of the information gleaned from our prayer and discernment gatherings in this document.

Click Here to download Final Synthesis Diocesan Document

Below you will find the Raw Data received from multiple meetings with Bishop Daniel Thomas, Regional Meetings, and Online Survey. (All data submitted organized by question.) Names and identifying information have been redacted.

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Timeline for the Diocese of Toledo Diocesan Preparatory Phase

  • Bishop Daniel Thomas met with the Diocesan Pastoral Council to review the diocesan phase and received feedback on the questions offered in the Synod documents.
  • Bishop Daniel Thomas met with the Religious Superiors in our diocese to further discuss the diocesan phase and had a discussion on the Synod questions
  • Videos from Bishop Daniel Thomas introducing the Synodal Process and Pat Oedy-Murray with a reflection were put online for people to view.
  • Bishop Daniel Thomas met separately with the Presbyteral Council (priests from all 15 deanery’s), Deacon Council, Diocesan Education Council and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women to discuss the Synod questions.
  • Six Prayer and Discernment Gatherings were offered throughout the diocese from mid-January through mid-March.

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Leading the Flock: "Communion, Participation, Mission"

Click on the button below to download Bishop Thomas' Leading the Flock: "Communion, Participation, Mission".

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Prayer of the Synod, Adsumus Sancte Spiritus

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather in your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.