Summary of the Synod's progress in the dioceses

Dominicans in Wroclaw - the Church and Monastery of St. Stanislaus. St. Adalbert

The diocesan stage of the Synod on Synodality has ended, in which we also participated. Seven synodal meetings were held at our monastery – more information can be found here.

The idea of organizing synodal meetings at the Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi. Adalbert initially appeared in the context of the activities of the “Dominican” academic ministry, but after encouragement from the Synod Secretariat, we decided to conduct the synodal process with a broader scope inviting all the faithful, in various ways associated with the activities of the Dominicans in Wroclaw, to participate. Responsible for organizing the meetings became Fr. Piotr Oleś OP, who was accompanied by nine animators associated with various pastoral groups operating at the monastery. We started the meetings in March, assuming that there would be a total of seven, on a biweekly basis. We invited everyone to participate regardless of age, beliefs or level of involvement in the Church.

Up to forty people of various ages showed up at the meetings, from older people who have been associated with the Dominicans of Wroclaw for several decades, to students, members of lay fraternities, non-sacramental fraternities, young married couples, LGBT people associated with the “Faith and Rainbow” movement, members of the Evangelical Augsburg Church to the Dominicans themselves. We decided to approach the topics of the meetings on a case-by-case basis and proposed to the participants six issues that we believe are very important for our community to discuss. We decided on their final form together involving primarily lay people in the process.

Each meeting began with a common prayer with meditation on a selected passage of Scripture, after the introduction we divided into small groups of six and worked
For about two hours over a specific topic, we developed small syntheses. We continued the meetings by gathering together to share the fruits of the meeting. Despite considerable interest, concern prevailed among participants about how much the proposals we developed were likely to make a real difference. Nevertheless, after just a few meetings, the idea and clear desire to continue synodal meetings at a regular rhythm regardless of the operation of the synodal process emerged.

The synthesis we present was developed by a team of lay people, with the presence of Fr. Peter Oles OP. We realize that the limitations of the volume, do not allow us to convey everything exactly, but we hope that the gist of our findings, desires and expectations just got into your hands. We invite you to read more.