February 10, 2018

Bishop Rozanski to hold listening sessions in preparation for diocesan synod

Staff report

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski speaks at his installation Mass on Aug. 12, 2014. (IObserve file photos/Fred LeBlanc)


SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will hold a series of listening sessions throughout the diocese in preparation for an upcoming pastoral synod.

Noting that the word “synod” means “together on a journey,” Bishop Rozanski wrote in a letter to parishioners: “I think back to the day I was installed as your bishop here in the Diocese of Springfield. At that installation I said I wanted to listen to you and I am resolute in continuing to do so.”

Bishop Rozanksi greets worshippers after celebrating his first Mass in the Springfield Diocese at the Holy Spirit Chapel adjacent to St. Michael’s Cathedral in June 2014.

The listening sessions will be held on:

  • 20 at Holy Trinity Parish in Greenfield;
  • 22 at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Palmer;
  • 28 at St. John Cantius Hall in Northampton;
  • March 6 at St. Joseph Parish, Pittsfield; March 15 at Mary Mother of Hope Parish, Springfield; March 19 at St. Rose de Lima Parish, Chicopee;
  • April 2 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Holyoke;
  • April 12 at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, West Springfield.

A Spanish session will be held on March 3 at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Springfield.

Each session is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. and will address three questions:

  1. What is the church doing?
  2. What is the church doing but needs improvement?
  3. What should the church be doing?

When the listening sessions have concluded, pastors will be asked to appoint four parishioners to attend a June 12 day of discussion and discernment.