Synod 2023

The Roman Catholic Church is in the midst of a Synod which is providing an opportunity for the entire People of God to discern together how to move forward on the path towards being a Church that is the sacrament of Christ’s promise that the Spirit will always be with us.

The theme of the Synod is Communion, Participation, and Mission.

In our role as an independent organization of concerned, committed Catholics in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo formed to assert the laity’s rightful role in the Church, we will play a role in our Diocese’s Synod. One of the MRT’s synodal focus areas will be the Young Church (ages 18-35). Through individual and small group interviews, we are building relationships and gathering insights about religiously affiliated and disaffiliated young adults. We are listening to their concerns and hopes about the Church, and how they see themselves participating in the Church.

Once we have completed gathering information, MRT will prepare a report that will be sent to the Vatican. All our conversations that will be the basis for the report will be anonymous.

Pope Francis has stressed the need for the Synod to involve everyone, and to reach out as much as possible. “Everyone has a part to play. No one is a mere extra. The Synod is for everyone, and it is meant to include everyone. Let everyone come in. The Holy Spirit needs us. Listen to him by listening to each other. Leave no one behind or excluded.”

We invite you to join us in a Synod conversation, as we become, in the words of our Holy Father, “A listening Church and a Church of closeness, compassion, and tender love which better reflects the “style of God.”

If you are a young adult and interested in participating in one of our MRT interviews please email Josh Merlo, a member of our MRT Organizing Committee by May 15, 2022 at

MRT also plans to hold listening sessions for all of our Western New York community in the weeks ahead. Please watch the MRT website for more information about these upcoming events.

“Humility alone can enable us to encounter and listen to dialogue and discern, to pray together.”
~ Pope Francis

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