The Synod on Synodality

Background:  In October 2021, Pope Francis called the Church to join in a “Synod on Synodality,” a three-year process for the entire church to pray, listen to each other and walk together as we move forward in the life of the Church. A small group of lay people at Glastonbury Abbey answered that call and formed The Lay Synod Initiative. It is important to remember that the synodal process does not end when the report from Rome comes out in 2024. Therefore, there will be many updates to these pages.

1. For the original report presented by the Abbey’s Synod Committee: click here.

2. We encourage you to read the introduction to the PowerPoint synopsis on the “Continental Phase Draft Document” from the Synod 2023:  click here; then for the  PowerPoint presentation: click here.

3. Carol Stanton will present “Listening to Phoebe: A Conversation in the Spirit” at Glastonbury Abbey on September 11, 9:30-2:00. Click here for more info and to register.

4. Register for “A Global Synod Gathering” on Sept. 23rd, 2-5 PM, at the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Boston:

Any questions or need more information? Please email