THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NAIROBI LAUNCH THE 2021/2023 SYNOD
The Archdiocese of Nairobi has launched its Diocesan Phase of the Synod which will run from 16th October 2021- April 2022. This historic event that took place at St. Stephen Kairi Parish, follows an invitation from the Holy Father, Pope Francis through a convoked Synod to the world. The Synod calls for the Church to reflect on its theme: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission which is decisive for its life and mission.
In his speech during the launch, the Apostolic Administrator, Bishop David Kamau urged all Christians to walk together in the journey of faith by putting into action the activities pertaining to the Synodality process.
“The Pope has called us all to journey together in this journey of faith. It is not just an African journey but one which calls the local and universal church to experience and communion with each other” he adjured.
He added that it is a journey in which people are called to pray, listen, analyze, dialogue, discern and offer advice through reflecting together on the journey that has been made so far, the diverse members of the Church to be able to learn from one another’s experiences and perspectives guided by the holy spirit. In this participation, a communion with Christ will be established.
His Lordship further appointed a diocesan synodal team of 20 members of both the Clergy and laity to spearhead the synodal process by guiding the Archdiocese on the way forward pertaining to the activities and preparation of the report. This synodal journey was officially opened on 9th and 10th of October 2021 in Rome. The synodal itinerary will encompass three phases of consultation and discernment; diocesan, continental, and universal. It will culminate in the next Sixteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops scheduled for October 2023 in Rome.