Cardinal Wuerl to Celebrate Pentecost Mass, Convoke Archdiocesan Synod

Thursday, June 5, 2014

WASHINGTON – Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, will convoke the first Archdiocesan Synod as he celebrates Mass on Pentecost Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

Mass for the Archdiocesan Synod
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Solemnity of Pentecost
11:30 a.m.
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

A local Synod is defined as “a group of selected priests and other members of the Christian faithful of a particular Church who offer assistance to the diocesan bishop for the good of the whole diocesan community.”

In August 2012, Cardinal Wuerl announced his intention to convene an Archdiocesan Synod to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the formation of the archdiocese by Pope Pius XII on July 22, 1939.

On May 19, 2013, Cardinal Wuerl marked the formal beginning of the preparatory phase of the Synod at a Mass on Pentecost Sunday. The Synod gave the faithful from across the archdiocese the opportunity to participate in reviewing the mission of the local Church. Through listening sessions at archdiocesan parishes and online surveys, more than 15,000 suggestions were presented to help the archdiocese prepare to carry out its mission into the future.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 96 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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