Archbishop Alexander Sample in November called for a diocesanwide prayer campaign to begin local participation in the worldwide synod convened by Pope Francis. The synod is a process of praying, listening and discerning among members of the church and it will culminate with a gathering of bishops in Rome in 2023.

The Vatican recently extended the local phase of the synod until August 2022.

Todd Cooper, diocesan coordinator for the synod, sent a memo to pastors and church leaders last month asking them to invite the faithful to participate in the prayer campaign. On behalf of the archbishop, Cooper said the synod should be included in Mass intentions and parish-ioners encouraged to pray the Vatican’s synod prayer (available at go.sentinel.org/3EBdUkn).

At the urging of the pope and Archbishop Sample, there is a particular focus on adoration, and parishes and religions communities are urged to organize periods of eucharistic adoration for the intentions of the synod. Catholic groups and organizations, families and individuals are asked to pray intensely that the Holy Spirit guide the synodal process.

Early in 2022, the Archdiocese of Portland, with the help of clergy, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and Catholic leaders, will organize listen-ing sessions and other opportunities for participation in the synod.

“By joining together in prayer and unity, listening to one another, and discerning the will of the Holy Spirit for the Church in our times, the people of God in western Oregon will be able to accomplish the work of the Synod and fulfill our primary mission of evangelization,” wrote Cooper.