Celebrating the Gift of God’s Love

Archdiocesan Synod

What is a Synod? What is the purpose?

  • “A Synod is a formal representative assembly designed to help a bishop in his shepherding of the local Church.”
  • The purpose is “to discern and establish clear pastoral priorities in a way that will both promote greater unity and lead us to a more vigorous proclamation of Jesus’ good news.”

To learn more about the Archdiocesan Synod and to find prayer and listening sessions near you, visit https://www.archspm.org/synod/.


Year of St. Joseph

In his October 22 column for The Catholic Spirit, Archbishop Hedda announced that the Archdiocese will be observing a Year of St. Joseph, beginning December 8, 2020 (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception). Archbishop Hebda wrote, “On that date, the Church Universal will be marking the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX’s proclamation of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church. Our hope is that the Year of St. Joseph will be a source of renewal in our local Church, most especially as we continue our preparations for the Synod of 2022.”

The lay faithful are invited to join Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens in preparing for our Archdiocesan Year of       St. Joseph, with a 33-day preparation period, beginning November 6.

Archdiocesan Consecration to St. Joseph

Archbishop Hebda will consecrate the Archdiocese to Saint Joseph Tuesday, December 8 (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception), 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. COVID-19 protocols will be observed for those in attendance, and the event will be livestreamed. For more information about the Year of St. Joseph go to www.archspm.org/synod/stjoseph/