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Here you will find news and updates on the Synodal Process which was launched by Pope Francis on the weekend of 9th and 10th October 2021.

This page will be updated as we move along the synodal pathway over the next two years.

For national Synod news see

Bishop Brendan Tells us About His Experience of the Synod

We were delighted to welcome Bishop Brendan Leahy to Mt. St. Anne’s recently where he gave an excellent summary about the recent Synod in Rome. Bishop Brendan was one of Irish delegates at the Synod.

We are delighted to share with you the PowerPoint Presentation that Bishop shared with us.

Synthesis from the First Session of the Synod on Synodality

Please see below 1) a very useful graphic outlining the main topics of conversation that took place at the first session of the Synod which just concluded in Rome. 2) The full Synthesis document and 3) a very helpful synthesis summary from Vatican News.

The Synod Assembly has begun in Rome with delegates from Ireland and all over the world. You can follow what’s happening on the social channels below with further detailed coverage on

Facebook: @16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops


Instagram:  @16ordinarygs




Our Diocesan Synthesis

Thank you to all who engaged and contributed in any way to this synodal journey. I welcome the publication of this Diocesan Synthesis and invite all of you who read it and reflect on it, to hold it in prayer.

+Denis Nulty

National synthesis of synodal process

Inviting people to read the national synthesis Nicola Brady said, “We invite everyone to read the national synthesis and reflect on what we are called to do, as individuals and as a church community, as a result of what we have heard.  The issues raised are not new, but the honesty and clarity with which they have been articulated in this process, and the relational approach that has characterised the work to date, offers a strong foundation to build upon.  Some of the findings are stark, many of the experiences shared are painful, but there have also been many hopeful and encouraging aspects, notably the importance many people have placed on this process and the skills and experience we will take forward into the subsequent phases of this work. Important questions have been set out for deeper reflection and pastoral action at every level of Church life and there will be many more opportunities for people to get involved and help shape this process.”

Together let us pray the synod prayer.


Bishop Denis has appointed Julie Kavanagh, Fr Liam Morgan and Jean Roche as the diocesan delegates to the synod. They will serve as a link between the Irish Church and the diocese during the synodal process.

They are joined by Noeleen Lynam, Gerry Martin, Fr David Vard and Michelle Ward in making up the Kildare and Leighlin Diocesan Synod Committee.

Homily of Pope Francis
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A Message and Invitation from Bishop Denis
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Homily of Bishop Denis
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Prayer for the opening of the Synod
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Quote from Pope Francis
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Official Logo
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Bishop Denis' Homily 24.09.23 including Synod update
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Letter from Cardinal Grech to Bishops
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Blessing at the end of the Eucharistic Celebration
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Universal Prayer - Intercessions for a weekday
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Universal Prayer - Intercessions for Sunday Mass
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All you need to know - Synod on Synodality
Fr Eamonn Conway - Synodality: What does it mean?
Julie Kavanagh - Synodality: How does it work?
Fr Eamonn Conway - Synodality: Why does it matter?
A Pentecost Novena of thanksgiving for the diocesan phase of the synod, May 27th - June 4th 2022
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Pentecost Sunday 2022 - Homily Pointers Prayer of the Faithful and Novena
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