Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
The Bunbury Diocese faces many challenges to its mission today, as does the Catholic Church in Australia. Our task is to proclaim Christ and his teachings in an increasingly atheistic society.
Following the practice of the Church since the time of the Apostles, we need to turn to Our Lord Jesus Christ for his guidance through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, as Bishop, I formally convoke our first Diocesan Synod of the post Second Vatican Council era.
I call on delegates from parishes and diocesan ministries to gather in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Bunbury, on Friday, May 31st, for the Opening Mass and then to participate in discerning the Spirit’s guidance during the celebration of the Synod on Saturday, June 1st, and Sunday, June 2nd.
We remember why we need a Synod as we recall the words of St Paulinus:
“Let us listen to what all the faithful say – because in every one of them
The Spirit of God breathes.
I thank all who participated last year in the first discernment step, the consultation on what should be the questions for the Synod to address. I thank all who are participating currently in the second Synod consultation step, sharing their heart responses to these questions.
I ask all Catholics in the Bunbury Diocese to pray for our first Diocesan Synod – that we be open fully to listening to the guidance of the Lord through the Holy Spirit. I ask that the Synod Prayer be prayed from your hearts during each Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.
Your brother in Christ
Most Rev Gerard Joseph Holohan
Bishop of Bunbury
Easter Sunday 21st April 2019