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Please be aware that the Synod Delegate Nomination process is NOW underway. Applications are open to individuals nominated by their parish to be considered for a voting delegate seat in the upcoming assembly as well as to individuals wishing to self-nominate for consideration.  Original Deadline: May 15, 2023, now extended to June 1, 2023

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*Please note that synod listening sessions are in-person events.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

at Cristo Rey High School

9701 San Leon Dr, Dallas, TX 75217

As we prepare for the synod in 2024, Bishop Burns has asked that Catholics in the diocese pray for the success of the synod and for the growth of the Catholic faith in our diocese.

Good and gracious God,
heavenly Father, we thank You for the wisdom and grace You have given us through Your Son, Jesus. Increase our faith so that we may hear the voice of our Good Shepherd and joyfully follow the path His love illuminates before us.

As we prepare for the synod in the Diocese of Dallas, send forth anew the Holy Spirit to guide us. Grant that our vision and understanding may be enlightened as we discern the mission of this local church in our time, while never losing sight of Your will and our hope to be with You in heaven.

We entrust this synod to the maternal care of our patroness, Our Lady of Guadalupe, who intercedes for us and accompanies us, and whose “yes” in love and faith we seek to imitate.

We pray with confidence through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Want to know more about the Diocese of Dallas Synod?

Listen to the most recent broadcast of The Dallas Synod Show, which airs the first Friday of every month at 4 p.m. on 910AM KATH.



Executive Summary and Pastoral Letter
This pastoral letter presents a vision to renew the Church in the Diocese of Dallas after the historic Covid pandemic.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a synod? Why do we have one? How can I get involved? Learn about the synod process and what it means for Catholics in the diocese.
Parish Resources
Parish resources such as Posters, Postcards, Prayer Cards, Logos and more
Prayer for the Synod
Bishop Burns has asked that we all pray for the success of the synod. Print out and share a prayer for the synod in 13 different languages.
Questions asked of the Bishop
[Coming Soon] Throughout the Dallas synodal process, participants have had the opportunity to ask a number of questions concerning the synod and the future of the diocese. Bishop Burns provides his answer here.
Synod Preparatory Commission
The members of the synod preparatory commission have been chosen by Bishop Edward J. Burns from amongst the clergy and other faithful to assist the Bishop with the organization and preparation of the Synod.
Videos about the Synod
Watch Bishop Burns and others talk about the diocesan synod, and learn how the upcoming synod will impact Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas.
Volunteer Opportunities
Want to get involved in the Diocese of Dallas Synod? Volunteers are always needed to serve as scribes and facilitators at the public synod listening sessions. Sign up to volunteer at an upcoming session.

Listening at the Diocese of Dallas Synod

Plans are well underway for the 2024 Synod — that big meeting to advise the bishop about the spiritual, material and administrative situation of the Dallas Diocese. Essential to its success are the “listening sessions” now taking place: two years of honest and charitable dialogue for the good of the Church and her mission in the world..

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Synod Survey

For those that were unable to attend the Synod Listening Session October 21, 2023, on RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, PROJECT PLANNING AND GROWING THE CHURCH or if you attended and realized later you had more you wanted to say, we have extended the synod survey to stay open online until October 29.

If you or someone you know would like to share thoughts and opinions on the questions asked at this session, and you reside in the Diocese of Dallas, please feel free to click the link below to access this special survey.

It is helpful to remember that a synod cannot change Church doctrine. No matters of church doctrine will be changed with this process. However, we know it is important to listen to the experiences of those who encounter the Church, whether they are Catholic or not.

Your feedback is appreciated as we continue forward with this effort.