Our Journey to 2020


There is a long journey ahead as we move towards the Synod in 2020, here is a look at a brief timeline of events leading up to the main Synod originally scheduled for October 2020 but delayed until June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


October 2017 - September 2018 // Prayer

A year of prayer leading up to the Eucharistic Congress, allowing us to prepare ourselves for the period to come.

"Focusing our gaze firmly on Christ is an excellent place to begin our own journey towards Synod 2020" - Archbishop Malcolm


October 2018 // Vision

The Archbishop will share the vision behind Synod 2020 and more details of the rest of the journey that is to come on Synod Sunday, 21 October 2018.

This vision will then be shared further at a series of Open Meetings around the Archdiocese at which the vision of Synod 2020 was shared and our Synod Journey was outlined.

November & December 2018 // Members

The members for the Synod in 2020 will be chosen by the Parishes and Pastoral Areas from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool, which stretches from Warrington and Chorley out to the Isle of Man. The list of Parish and Pastoral Area Members can be found here.

There will also be Synod Members representing the religious congregations, retired priests, seminarians, and others who make up our Archdiocesan community.


February to July 2019 // Listening

The whole community of the Archdiocese is invite to reflect and respond to the Synod questions in a variety of ways (local listening, online survey, and focus groups). The data is gathered by mid-July and then, over the Summer, is analysed, prayed about, and discerned in order to identify the Themes that will be the core of the next stage.

Synod Members will lead listening in their local communities as we listen to all the people of our Archdiocese and hear their responses to our questions.


September 2019 - May 2020 // Themes

The Themes that have emerged from the great task of listening will go back to local communities for further consideration. Synod Members will invite their communities to reflect on each theme in turn and develop them into practical proposals for action.

It is also at this stage that the matters that cannot be dealt with by a Diocesan Synod – those reserved to the Holy See – will be dealt with. Archbishop Malcolm has committed to going to Rome to talk about our Synod and will raise those themes that have come up during the listening that are clearly a concern of the people of our Archdiocese but are beyond the remit of the Synod.

Due to the implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic this period was extended to conclude in March 2021 and included extra periods of reflection on the experience of being Church during those extraordinary times.


March 2021 - June 2021 // Proposals

The Proposals received from local communities will be gathered, discerned, and collated into a final list of Proposals for the Synod to vote upon. These will then go back to local communities once more and Synod Members will be invited to consult widely on the Proposals to inform themselves as they discern their own vote at the Synod Event


June 2021 // The Synod

In June 2021, the Synod Members will gather together to vote on the proposals. These votes will then inform and guide a Pastoral Plan that will be developed by Archbishop Malcolm.