Communiqué General Team of the Synod 

 Receive a fraternal greeting, united in the Holy Spirit who continues to energize and impel us. As everyone knows, Pope Francis has summoned us to a new synodal process throughout the Church with the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission”. In September, a preparatory document and a “Vademecum” came out to guide us; on Sunday, October 10, the opening of the synodal path was celebrated in Rome and, in a renewed way, the opening of the synodal path was celebrated in each Diocese on October 17. 

 With this call, Pope Francis invites the whole Church to question herself on a decisive theme for her life and mission: “It is precisely the path of synodality that God expects of the Church of the third millennium”. This itinerary, which is in line with the “aggiornamento” of the Church proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is a gift and a task: walking together, and together reflecting on the path traveled, the Church will be able to learn, from what she will experience, what are the processes that can help her to live communion, to participate and to open up to the mission. Our “walking together”, in fact, is what best realizes and manifests the nature of the Church as a pilgrim and missionary People of God.

The Order of the Pious Schools wants to be a participant in this process of the Church and contribute to its reflection. In a letter from Father General to the Order (Prot 256/2021 of July 26, 2021), he invited us all to walk together with the Church in this new synod, and informed us of the start of the process. The next 48th General Chapter of the Order will also study the theme of synodality. On Saturday, October 23, in San Pantaleo – Rome, the Piarist synodal path was opened in a celebration presided over by Father General, so that walking together, we may reflect and contribute to the Church. 

We want to invite you to join the Synod as follows: 

a. Inviting their teams to walk together in a synodal manner and participate. 

b. Reading the brief preparatory document of the synod that will help you to know what you want with it. You can download it from: https://www.synod.va/es.html  

c. Dinfusing to different people of your Piarist Teams and Presences, the consultation survey with some synodal aspects that we want to reflect on in the Order of the Pious Schools. This is the link: https://bit.ly/synod_schp 

d. The teams that we ask to be consulted are those that appear at the beginning of this communiqué and, that they in turn, work with their base teams and communities, seeking to participate, the largest number of people. 

e. Answer the following questions with your teams: 

1) In a synodal Church that proclaims the Gospel, everyone “walks together.” How is this walk together in the Pious Schools carried out today? 

2) What difficulties or aspects to grow do we see in the Pious Schools to be able to walk together or in a synodal way? 

3) What steps does the Spirit invite us to take to grow in our “walk together”? 

4) What “good practices of synodality, of walking together” are you living in your Piarist Presence or in your Province? Share some experiences. 

From this exercise we need to be returned a maximum document of 5 pages that take into account all the contributions received by: General Congregation, one for each General Team, one for each Province, one for the General Fraternity, one for the Calasanz General Movement and one for the Executive Commission of Itaka Escolapios. 

The deadline to receive contributions and reflections will be Sunday, May 22, 2022 to the email: sinodoschp@scolopi.net 

At the end of July 2022, a document of the Order will be made collecting all the contributions received, to be delivered to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. 

We thank you for your participation and commitment to the consultation processes of the Order and the Church in this commitment to walk together. 

Fraternally, 

General Team of the Synod – For a Synodal Church. 

(Fr. Emmanuel Suárez SchP, Fr. Samson Ehemba SchP, Roland Márkus SchP, Cristina Costa, Santiago Gaviria)