The entire Catholic Church is called to participate in “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.”

The Synod opened in Rome on October 9, followed by the opening in each diocese on October 17. 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.

More details on the Synod and the Diocese’s participation will be posted to this page throughout this process. The Diocesan phase of this process will last through April 2022, followed by a continental phases from September 2022 to March 2023, and ending with the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican in October 2023.

What is a Synod?

It’s a meeting of bishops from all over the world established by Pope Paul VI, 15 September 1965, in response to the desire of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to discuss doctrinal or pastoral matters. Synods offer suggestions to the pope, which may or may not become official teachings at a later time. Literally speaking the word “synod”, derived from two Greek words syn meaning “together” and hodos meaning “road” or “way,” means a “coming together.”

Regional Synod Listening Sessions

Bishop Kopacz will be holding regional listening sessions for the Synod on Synodality. The diocese has done a cursory review of the major themes from the local listening sessions. In the sessions with Bishop Kopacz, we are seeking concrete ways to advance the ideas from the local sessions. Please join your nearest session:

Monday, March 21, 2022: St. Francis Madison 6-7:30 p.m. (English)
Tuesday, March 22, 2022: St. Mary Batesville 6-7:30 p.m. (English) POSTPONED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER
Thursday, March 24, 2022: St. Michael Forest 7-8:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Tuesday, March 29, 2022: St. Jude Pearl 6:30-8 p.m. (Spanish)
Wednesday, March 30, 2022: St. Mary Basilica Natchez 6-7:30 p.m. (English) POSTPONDED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER
Thursday, March 31, 2022: Immaculate Heart of Mary Greenwood 5:30-7 p.m. (English)
Thursday, March 31, 2022: St. Francis Greenwood 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Monday, April 4, 2022: St. Patrick Meridian 6-7:30 p.m. (English)
Tuesday, April 5, 2022: St. James Tupelo 6-7 p.m. (English)
Tuesday, April 5, 2022: St. James Tupelo 7-8 p.m. (Spanish)
Wednesday, April 6, 2022: St. Mary Batesville 6-7:30 p.m. (English)
Tuesday, April 19, 2022: St. Mary Basilica Natchez 6-7:30 p.m.

Synod Opening

Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz opened the Synod in the Diocese of Jackson on Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle.

Click here for full opening Mass of the Synod or view process opening and/or homily below.

What to Expect in the Upcoming Synod

Articles on the Synod

Pope’s Synod on Synodality to collect input from local parishes

Synods date back to 1858 in diocese

Synod opening Mass invokes guidance of Holy Spirit

By listening to Holy Spirit, synod can be process of healing, pope says

Synodal process looks to hear from voices on the margins of the church

Synod animates five causes of life

Synod process continues with listening sessions across the diocese

Synod foundation of church restoration

Regional Synod listening sessions invite Catholics to share ‘dreams’

Additional Information on the Synod

Vatican Synod Website

Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops