Diocesan Synod 2019 - 2021

Diocesan Synod 2019-2021


A Synod - the word means “journeying together” - is a formal assembly of representatives of the whole diocesan community: clergy, religious and lay people.  Through the Synod process, which involves collaboration, discernment, governance and communion, the Bishop seeks advice on matters concerning the good of the whole diocese.  Declarations and decrees are promulgated which set the direction for the diocese in the form of a Diocesan Pastoral Plan.  So, Diocesan Synods are important instruments and occasions for effecting renewal.

The last Diocesan Synod was held in 1992/93 and since then, parishes within the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle have been journeying together through assemblies and gatherings in which they have been discerning the voice of the Spirit.

Bishop William Wright issued a decree convoking a new Diocesan Synod, the first since 1992/93 on 8th August 2019, on the Feast of Mary MacKillop.

The theme of the Synod (2019 – 2021) is “Building the Kingdom of God together”.

The Diocesan Synod to be held in three sessions (2019, 2020 & 2021) will invite people to carefully discern together what the spirit is saying to the Church of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and agree on common goals and actions for the coming years.


First Session of Diocesan Synod – Saturday 23 November 2019


Celebration Outline

Celebrations will be from 9.30am to 5.00pm followed by Mass

Theme will be “Building the Kingdom of God together”  

Keynote presenters: Fr Richard Lennan and Lana Turvey-Collins

Other presenters: Bishop Greg Homeming OCD, Sr Lauretta Baker RSJ, Dr Ursula Stephens, Mary Ringstad


Proposed Program


Adult Session – Morning/Afternoon tea and lunch provided

9.30am for 10.00am – Gathering, Registration and Welcome

10.00am to 10.30am – Opening Liturgy and Introduction

10.30am to 11.00am –Keynote Address 1 - Fr Richard Lennan

11.15am to 12.45pm – Session 1 / choice of 6 workshop themes / Creative Expression Space

12.45am to 2.15pm– Lunch community gather together / music performances

2.15pm to 2.45pm – Keynote Address 2 – Ms Lana Turvey-Collins

3.00pm to 4.30pm – Session 2 / choice 6 workshop themes / Creative Expression Space

4.30pm to 5.00pm – Wrap up of the day and move to Mass

5.00pm to 6.00pm – Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral

Children’s Session -  Catering not provided

Under 5 year old at St Nicholas Newcastle West Wallsend

Over 6 to 12 years old at the parish hall and grass area provided by OOSH


Please CLICK HERE for the link to the registration form.

Please CLICK HERE for the child's registration form.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your response to the Diocesan Synod survey. 


Important dates:

Diocesan Synod Celebration – 23 November 2019

Diocesan Synod Discernment – 22 November 2020

Diocesan Synod Implementation – 21 November 2021

Retreat Days – Tuesday’s 9 June, 16 June, 21 July, 28 July 2020