Invitation to participate in Family Synod Survey

Many thanks to all those who responded to the Survey in preparation for the Synod on the Family. While the survey itself is closed, we wanted to make the preparation document available to anyone who might want to read, reflect and pray about it. The link to the online document and PDF versions are below.

 “Lineamenta – “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World”

Lineamenta En Espanol

Lineamenta in English

Pope Francis provided this prayer for the Synod of Bishops on the Family in his Angelus address on the Feast of the Holy Family. . . (Dec. 29, 2013):

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.