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3000 Expected At The Closing Of Second Archdiocesan Synod

The Head of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, said that the year-long Synod process is a unique way of guiding his pastoral leadership.
29 Jun 2019 12:58
3000 Expected At The Closing Of Second Archdiocesan Synod
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong (sitting, second from left), with members of his Curia team holding the Catholic Church Synod Commemorative magazine at Nicolas House in Suva. Photo: Catholic Church in Fiji

The Roman Catholic Church in Fiji and Rotuma will host one of its largest gatherings this weekend.

It will celebrate a special Thanksgiving Mass to mark the closing of its Second Archdiocesan Synod at the Sacred Heart College grounds tomorrow.

The Head of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, said that the year-long Synod process is a unique way of guiding his pastoral leadership.

It that started two years ago but officially launched in May of last year.

It is also allowing him to fulfil his episcopal motto, ‘To be Church in the World.’

The word Synod is derived from two Greek Words – syn and hodos which means with ‘someone’ and ‘road.’

“With the theme of ‘Connecting in Jesus’, over the last year, we have journeyed together as a Church conducting widespread consultations and open debates around key issues such as Church and Sacramental life, Family life, Youth, Church and Society, Education, Ecology and Church Leadership and Governance,” said Archbishop Loy Chong.

These issues were discussed during a recent three-day Synod Session at Lami’s Novotel Convention Centre.

It attracted a wide cross-section of church members from across the country including the youth, people living with disabilities and even minority groups for the first time.

“From that process, I now have the synod documents which will form the basis of the Archdiocese of Suva’s pastoral plan in the years ahead,” said Archbishop Loy Chong.

Those plans will be announced by Archbishop Loy Chong during tomorrow’s celebration which begins with a procession led by the youth from My Suva Picnic Park at 3pm to the Sacred Heart College grounds with the celebration of the Mass at 4pm.

Beginning on Friday evening, the youth from around the Archdiocese will gather at the Sacred Heart College for talks focusing on youth and spiritual issues.

3000 young men and women are expected to attend the Synod Youth Festival which precedes the Synod Mass of Thanksgiving.

“This is just the beginning of our faith journey, spiritual awakening and renewal as the Church looks to effectively respond and stay in touch with the rapid social, economic and political realities facing our congregation and the nation,” he adds.

The last Synod held by the church was 29 years ago in 1990, under the late Archbishop Petero Mataca.

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