By Filipe Domingues
The Synod of Bishops on the Family was the theme of our Wednesday community evening, 21 October. After the celebration of the Eucharist, presided by Fr John Keating, General Councillor of the Carmelites, a group of remarkable guests helped our residents to understand better what the Synod was and the types of discussions that took place in the Synod Hall at the Vatican.
The Lay Centre welcomed Dr Clare Watkins, Theologian and Trustee of Marriage Care; Fr Mehall Lowry, Trustee of Marriage Care; Dr Elizabeth Davies, Marriage and Family Life Project Officer for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales; and Don Clemmer, Interim Director of Media Relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
All of them had followed the debates at the Synod closely and could give us more of an insiders’ perspective from different viewpoints.
A few weeks earlier, Lay Centre residents attended the opening Mass for the Synod in Saint Peter’s Basilica. They also attended the 50th-anniversary celebration of the institution of the Synod of Bishops as a permanent body in the Church. Pope Francis presided the celebration, held in the Paul VI Hall (pictured below).
Photos: Hansol Goo and Filipe Domingues