Consultation of the Clergy and Faithful for 2015 Synod of Bishops in Rome

The following introduction and summary are provided to give respondents a context that will be useful in responding to the questions put forward by the Holy See.


In October 2014, the Synod of Bishops met in Rome to discuss The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. At the conclusion of the Synod, a final document was issue entitled Relatio Synodi. This final document is the preparatory document or the Lineamenta for the next Synod of Bishops in Rome.

The next Synod will take place from October 4 to 25, 2015, discussing The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World. As with the most recent Synod of Bishops, the Office of the Synod of Bishops invites a process of broad consultation.


The principal document for this broad consultation is the Relatio Synodi or the Lineamenta which can be found in English in its complete form on the
Vatican Website,
od/documents/rc_synod_doc_20141018_relatio-synodi-familia_en.html . The consultation requires a thoughtful reading and reflection on this document. The questions for reflection are arranged according to the outline of the document and are preceded in some instances by a summary of its principal points.
This instrument is designed to be electronically disseminated and collated. Individuals as well as organized group responses are acceptable responses to this consultation.


Bishop Donald Kettler invites you to participate in this period of discernment by completing this survey. Your time and sharing of your experience is greatly appreciated. Responses to the questions can be submitted by utilizing the form at this link: or mail a printed version to:

Chris Codden
Office of Marriage & Family
305 N 7th Avenue Suite 100
St Cloud, MN 56303

Responses to the questions are to be received by Wednesday, March 4, 2015