Inauguration of the Synodal Journey in the
Diocese of Chikmagalur
A graceful and
Spirit filled event in the life of the Church
convoked by Pope Francis on 10 October 2021
celebrating a Synod (The XVI Ordinary General
Assembly of the Synod of Bishops with the theme
"For a Synodal Church; Communion, Participation
The diocesan process of Synodal journey was
inaugurated in our diocese officially on 17
October 2021 by our Bishop Most Rev Dr T.
Anthony Swamy during the Eucharistic Celebration
in the Cathedral Church. The priests, Religious
and lay faithful from various parishes were
present for this graceful event.
The Bishop officially opened the Logo of the
Synod and inaugurated the synodal journey in our
diocese along with the people of God
representing priests, religious, lay faithful,
youth, differently abled and children; then
lighted the lamp symbolizing inclusiveness and
entirety in the Church.
Bishop in his homily explained meticulously the
process and purpose of the Synod. Bishop in his
message urged the people to participate fully in
the process of walking together, and also
encouraged to reflect the spirit of the Gospel,
so as to live in communion to achieve
participation and to open itself to the mission
of God. Then he requested to pray for the
fruitfulness and success of the Synod.
A core committee has been formed to coordinate
the Synodal process in our diocese. It consists
of the following persons: Msgr. Ronald Cardoza
(the main co-ordinater), Fr. Paul Machado, Fr.
Andrew Jayaraj OFM Cap, Fr. Antony Raj C., Fr.
Vinay Kumar (Convener and Contact person), Fr.
Santhosh Kumar G., Sr. Arul L. SJT, Anitha
Kumari (Alphonsenagara parish), Vijay Vincent
Ross (Kadur parish- Co- Convener and Contact