Archbishop urges Catholic educators to nurture synodality

Archbishop urges Catholic educators to nurture synodality

Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu. SAMMY NAVAJA

By Joseph Ryan Moscoso

October 21, 2023

Manila, Philippines

Catholic educational institutions are called to be present-day evangelizers and ‘synodality’ is the way to go, a Catholic official said.

Speaking at a Mass with Catholic educators on Oct. 18, Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu said they are called to understand and connect with the experiences of ordinary people, and are in touch with the church’s triumphs and challenges.

“Without synodality, our language would become esoteric,” said Palma, who is also a member of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Culture and Education.

“Thus, in order to have those attributes of a modern-day evangelizer, the way is synodality,” Palma said in his homily.

The Mass was part of this year’s national convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) in Cebu City from Oct. 17 to 20.

The archbishop also lauded how CEAP member schools shared with one another how they addressed the adverse effects of the pandemic and other calamities that struck the nation.

“This is synodality. And in your conversations, the hope in each one is rekindled because you can truly say, ‘we are not alone,’” Palma said.

The challenge now, according to him, would be how to revive and to thrive.

He urged the Catholic schools “to explore paths of synodality not only as a group but as an individual learning institution also”.

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