Sisters participate in first Synodal listening session

The Ursuline Sisters living at Maple Mount took part in their first Synodal listening session on Feb. 17, 2022, in the Rainbow Room of Saint Joseph Villa.

Sister Suzanne Sims, director of local community life for the Sisters at the Motherhouse, said the guide for the listening session comes from Bishop William Medley’s office in the Diocese of Owensboro.

“Synod is Greek for ‘journeying together.’ Pope Francis wants to hear from every baptized person,” Sister Suzanne said. “This is the first time in history that all people have been formally asked to speak.”

Pope Francis has set aside two years for this synod in an effort to listen to all, especially lay people. The synod lasts until October 2023.

Parishes and other Catholic groups have been gathering for two listening sessions these first few months of 2022. The second Ursuline session will be March 15. The Sisters were given homework to contact someone on the periphery of the Church to better understand their perspective.

Here are some pictures from the listening session.