Speak Boldly, Listen Carefully – Austen Ivereigh Article

by | 22 October 2021 | Blog

To access to the full “Speak boldly, Listen Carefully” Article of Austen Ivereigh published on Commonweal please click here

Austen Ivereigh, exposes in an article published on Commonweal Magazine his experience and reflections of the Synodal process.

The article starts reflecting on the gathering of religious congregations and orders, that focused on their synodal experiences and knowledge along the centuries and in recent years, two elements are highlighted: First, the inclusion of the whole body into the discernment and decision-making, as stated by Pope Francis in 2015 “what affects everyone should be discussed and approved by all”; and secondly, that “consultation and deliberation is not separate from the life of prayer but intrinsic to it”, so in the common spaces there is a true spirit of listening to one another and to the Holy Spirit.

Then the article focus on the four days in which took place the inauguration of the Synod on Synodality, including the papal Mass at St. Peter’s, and the working days of the Synodal commissions.

The author remembers a sentence expressed by Pope Francis at the beginning of the family synod to the participants which is today even more relevant “speak boldly and listen carefully”.

The article describes some of the main speakers and interventions, and then focuses on how in the small and diverse groups, different members contribute to the deliberation from different perspectives, gifts and experiences, enriching the whole process and outcomes.

During these days, it is transmitted a mix of expectations, perspectives, experiences, and roles which interwove resulting in a true synodal experience, which is a glimpse of the magnificent task that is being undertaken with limited resources and a great commitment by the synod leadership team and the four commissions.

The author ends the article with the conviction that a Synodal Church is what God asks of Catholicism in the Third Millennium, and through speaking boldly and listen carefully, “not another but a different Church will come forth”.

Discerning Leadership Team

Discerning Leadership Team

We're passionate about developing the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of the senior Church leaders required to lead in a synodal manner.
Tags in the article: Pope Francis | Synodal Church | Synodality

Read also

Synodality, Leadership, and Vulnerability – UISG Assembly

Synodality, Leadership, and Vulnerability – UISG Assembly

“A new style of leadership is crucial" Sr. Nathalie Becquart at the UISG Plenary Assembly 2022 During the week of May 2nd, the Union of International Superior Generals (UISG) of women religious, celebrated the plenary Assembly 2022 with more than 500 participants, and...

Accompaniment Community

Accompaniment Community

“As one participant shared at the end of our meeting, “this is a community of YES”. May we remain open to listen and discern how God’s Spirit is acting in the Church and our world and be available to respond with hope and courage. This past month, the Discerning...

Leading in the “Squilibrio”

Leading in the “Squilibrio”

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Greetings and peace as we enter into the 22nd year in the Third Millennium! I am reminded of Pope Francis’ remark from his 2015 address to an ecclesial assembly in Florence when he said, “we are not only living in an era of change,...

Series on Resilience – Leadership

Series on Resilience – Leadership

Resilience, the ability to bounce back from adversity, is a very important quality to lead and thrive in our organizations, in particular in these VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) times that we are living, that have been magnified by the COVID pandemic....

Fr. David McCallum SJ on Synodal Leadership

Fr. David McCallum SJ on Synodal Leadership

The Jesuit Schools Network invited Fr. David McCallum, S.J., the Executive Director of the Discerning Leadership Program, to a virtual conversation about synodal leadership and Pope Francis's vision for a synodal church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el5m6lWTdjQ

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends and collaborators!