Synod of Bishops: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

The Synod Fathers aimed to discern how the Church can become better at accompanying young people to make good life choices.

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Vatican, 3 – 28 October 2018

In October 2018 Catholic Bishops from around the world met in Rome to focus on how the church helps, guides and accompanies young people as they grow in faith and discern the part they can play in shaping the future of the Church. The theme was: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Three Bishops from England and Wales took part as Synod Fathers: Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Westminster, Bishop Mark O’Toole, Plymouth, and Bishop Ralph Heskett, Hallam.

Youth Synod Interventions

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop Mark O'Toole gave interventions at the Synod of Bishops on "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment'.

Pre-Synod Meeting

In March 2018, six months before the Synod of Bishops Assembly in Rome, 300 young people met in the Vatican to 'share prophetic dreams', in the words of Pope Francis.

Report from England and Wales on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment

This report was written by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales in response to the worldwide consultation that took place ahead of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.