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Archdiocesan Synod

The Synod provides our faith community the opportunity to implement the archbishop’s pastoral priorities of Catholic Identity, Evangelization and Stewardship

In January 2013, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki wrote his first pastoral letter on ecclesiology which set the foundation for an Archdiocesan Synod.

Parish sessions were held in the fall of 2013, followed by district gatherings in February 2014, and the actual Synod being held on Pentecost Weekend, June 6-8, 2014.


Following the Archdiocesan Synod, a new mission statement was issued for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. This mission statement guides our work for implementing the Synod initiatives: To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through his saving death and resurrection by calling, forming and sending disciples to go and make new disciples. As a people, we are called to encounter Jesus and grow as disciples through the sacramental life of the Church.

| Notable Events |


Synod on Synodality (2022)

Beginning in February 2022, a process of consultation for the 2021-2023 International Synod on Synodality began here in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. This consultation included consultative gatherings with various groups, parish gatherings, and opportunities for individuals to submit feedback.

Church On Mission: The Synod Calls Us Forward (2021)

This event focused on the Mission that ignited the 2014 Archdiocesan Synod, the fruits that have come from the Synod, how we continue to be led by the Holy Spirit, and what Archbishop Listecki would like to accomplish in his final years as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. 

Spirituality of Stewardship Leadership Conference (2017)

Our focus on moving from "maintenance to mission" was continued with this Leadership Conference focusing on the Spirituality of Stewardship. 

Return to the Upper Room (2015)

This event celebrated the implementation of the archdiocesan Synod; what we have begun and look to where we are going in the future. 

Synod Event (2014)

Hundreds of Catholics gathered for the Archdiocesan Synod, June 6-8, 2014 to determine the priorities for the next decade and beyond.


| Published Documents | 


The Gift of Sunday (2021)

Archbishop Listecki has announced the Gift of Sunday Mass Initiative to reenergize our local Church and reconnect to top priorities from the 2014 Archdiocesan Synod. This plan's aim will be around Sunday Mass, the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and reclaiming Sunday as the Lord's Day. 

Church on Mission – Fruits of the Synod 2015-2020

The 2014 Synod called for by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki was a bold move to trust the Holy Spirit to guide us towards a spiritual renewal and compelling vision for the future. This booklet looks at the mission that continues to guide us and the “Movements of the Synod Story” as well as the “Fruits of the Synod.” Spanish Version

Whispers in the Pew (2017)

Written by Grace Urbanski, this is a booklet with activities and suggestions for how parents can help understand, connect and celebrate Mass with their children.

A Vision for the Future (2016)

Evangelization and the Sunday Mass - a vision for evangelization and worship in the archdiocese as well as Mass Teaching Resources.

Filled with the Holy Spirit - Synodal Declaration (2014)

The Synodal Declaration presents Archbishop Listecki’s pastoral priorities for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for the next 10-15 years based off of the discernment and voting that occurred at the 2014 Archdiocesan Synod.

Who Do You Say That I Am? (2013)

This Pastoral Letter by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki focuses on Ecclesiology (the Church) and specifically the Church as Mystery, the Church as Sacrament, and the Church as Communion.


| Video Archives |


Church On Mission: The Synod Calls Us Forward (2021)

Watch presentations from Church on Mission: The Synod Calls Us Forward, featuring Archbishop Jerome Listecki, Bishop Donald Hying, and more about the fruits that have come from the Synod, and how we continue to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Order of Catechists Video (2019)

As part of the Closing Mass for the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Listecki established the Order of Catechists to recognize and lift up the importance of catechetical leadership in the archdiocese. The Order of Catechists flows out of Synod priorities in the area Formation.

Leadership Gathering Videos (2016)

Watch the three presentations from the Leadership Gathering held at the Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center on September 30, 2016.

Synod Videos (2014)

Videos were produced for the Synod as well as District Gatherings and Parish/Cluster Reflection Sessions leading up to the Synod.


Susan L. McNeil, M.Div. 
Director, Department for Catholic Social Responsibility
Director, Office for Lay Ministry
Director, Synod Implementation

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