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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.

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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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