Dr Nicola Brady

Chair of the Synodal Steering Group

Welcome to the Irish Synodal Pathway

On 10 March 2021, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference announced a new Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland leading to the holding of a National Synodal Assembly or Assemblies within the next five years. This process will focus on the question:

What does God want from the Church in Ireland at this time?

We hope this website will become an important stopping point on that journey, resourcing each one of us as we continue our Synodal journey.


A Church Synod by Fr Sean McNulty SSC

The Synod Pope Francis has convoked is a Church synod, Fr Sean McNulty emphasises. It is a forum for listening to everybody’s experience of discipleship with compassion and tenderness. I am hoping that the Synodal Pathway will provide the Church with an opportunity...

|28. 03. 2022.


Synodality: The Synodal Path by Fr Tom O’Reilly SSC

Launching the Far East’s new series on Synodality, Fr Tom O’Reilly explains how walking and discerning together and listening attentively to each other are at the heart of the synodal process. We are familiar with adversarial debate in our parliamentary systems....

|27. 02. 2022.


Derry Diocese steps out on its Synodal Journey

Back in October 2021, Pope Francis opened preparations for the 2023 Synod of Bishop’s Gathering in Rome which will focus on the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”. In simple terms, this Synod focuses on how we are operating and...

|25. 02. 2022.


Is this a Synod for Everyone?

When consultations are launched there is inevitably some cynicism in the ether.  “The outcomes have already been pre-determined”, “Same old, same old”, “We’ve been here before”, “Nothing but a talking shop”.  And so it is with this Synod on Synodality.  No sooner...

|8. 01. 2022.


Communal Discernment in a Synodal Church

Pope Francis speaks a lot about discernment, and it is clear that he regards it as a key feature of synodality. It is what distinguishes the way of proceeding of the Church from that of a parliament or even a citizens’ assembly- it is like these (Francis called the...

|6. 12. 2021.