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Father Bayer: Lay engagement in the synod and beyond

As a member of the synod preparatory commission, one of the exciting things I have seen is the synergy between clergy and laity in our diocese. Of course, we are still a pilgrim people, and the data we received from the listening sessions shows the need for further growth. Nonetheless, it has been beautiful, as a priest, to work shoulder to shoulder with so many dedicated lay people and priests on the commission and elsewhere, all of us wanting to try our best to give ourselves away for the good of the Church.

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Final listening session held as work continues for diocesan synod

A pair of decorated cakes added a celebratory spirit, but for those in attendance, a workman-like demeanor fueled discussions Oct. 21 at a Diocese of Dallas synodal listening session at Cristo Rey Dallas College Preparatory School. The gathering marked the final of 30 listening sessions over nearly two-and-a-half years, planned as part of the preparatory phase of the Diocese of Dallas Synod.  


Diocese of Dallas Synod: Session engages young adults in conversation

More than 300 young adults gathered under the cozy lights of Community Beer Co. to sip beer and share their perspectives on today’s Church. This Oct. 3 synodal listening session, titled “Conversations Unfiltered: The Church and the Future,” was an opportunity for young adults, ages 21 to 35, to discuss their experience as young people within the Dallas diocese. The session was the 28th of 30.


‘Blessings upon blessings’

In June, Bishop Edward J. Burns led a pilgrimage to the apparition site of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City seeking the blessings she promised nearly 500 years ago as he guides our diocese through the Synod process over the coming years.

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The role of Catholic education in the diocese

On March 25, Bishop Burns is calling the faithful to again join us for a critically important listening session as we discuss and discern the topic of Catholic education. Come join us and let’s discuss how to support parents and how we can support families — whether they send their children to public, private or Catholic schools or they choose to homeschool. The listening session will cover Catholic education from pre-Kindergarten through university, and it is important to note this is not just limited to Catholic schools.