On Sunday, October 17, the diocesan phase of the Synod on Synodality opened. All diocese/parishes around the world participated at the opening of the Diocesan Phase: consultation and participation of the people of God.

Receiving “going forth” blessing from Father Al.

At the Synod opening Mass

Edna reading one of the prayers in Tagalog

Group picture with the Bishop after the Mass

Ready to go on a mission

Sr. Bea sharing her thoughts on our way home

Witness Talks: Communion Participation Mission

Witness Talk: Communion

Witness Talk: Participation

Witness Talk: Mission

Conversation between Bishop Felipe de Jesús Estévez and Father Alberto Esposito

Queen of Peace Synodal Process Ambassadors

Christopher & Lindsey Anthony(view personal testimony here)Liliana FernandezMarlene McCallister (view personal testimony here)
Davin & Deepa Borde (view personal testimony here)Scott Geon (view personal testimony here)Michele McCaule
Edna Boyette (view personal testimony here)Fr. Figi Philip George (view personal testimony here)Jessica Ponen
Pete & Sharon Breitinger (view personal testimony here)Fr. Anthony Hamaty (view personal testimony here)Therese Rigor
Nicholle BrockishAndrea HernandezMonica Roderigue
John & Beth BrownEddie & Janet HoeftDylan & Hannah Stewart
Sr. Beatrice Caulson (view personal testimony here)Greg & Lorin HollingsheadGlen Vassou (view personal testimony here)
Monica CuellarArlene HuszarMichael & Tonya Walsh (view testimony here)
Fr. Al EspositoZoe Lackey (view personal testimony here)Andrae Ware
Claire EvansCaridad & Dennis LeeJoann Whitworth

The Three Questions that the Diocese of St. Augustine will prayerfully discern during its Local Synodal Process


Listening is the first step, but it requires an open mind and heart, without prejudice. How is God speaking to us through voices we sometimes ignore? How are the laity listened to, especially women and young people? What facilitates or inhibits our listening? How well do we listen to those on the peripheries? How is the contribution of consecrated men and women integrated? What are some limitations in our ability to listen, especially to those who have different views than our own? What space is there for the voice of minorities, especially people who experience poverty, marginalization, or social exclusion?


Synodality is at the service of the mission of the Church, in which all members are called to participate. Since we are all missionary disciples, how is every baptised person called to participate in the mission of the Church? What hinders the baptised from being active in mission? What areas of mission are we neglecting? How does the community support its members who serve society in various ways (social and political involvement, scientific research, education, promoting social justice, protecting human rights, caring for the environment, etc.)? How does the Church help these members to live out their service to society in a missionary way? How is discernment about missionary choices made and by whom?


Synodality entails receptivity to change, formation, and on-going learning. How does our church community form people to be more capable of “walking together,” listening to one another, participating in mission, and engaging in dialogue? What formation is offered to foster discernment and the exercise of authority in a synodal way? The Synod website provides suggestions on how to go about narrowing these down.

Discernment sessions will be held with doors to the church opening at 6:30 pm at the following locations:

  • November 11, 2021 – St. Anastasia, St. Augustine
  • December 9, 2021 – St. Matthew, Jacksonville
  • January 13, 2022 – Sacred Heart, Fleming Island
  • January 20, 2022 – St. Madeleine, High Springs
  • February 3, 2022 – Queen of Peace, Gainesville (please note parish has a 6:00 pm Mass)
  • February 24, 2022 – Assumption, Jacksonville

January Synodal Gathering: St. Madeleine’s – High Springs

On January 20th St. Madeline’s hosted one of our diocesan sessions as part of the worldwide synodal process. The Holy Father and our Bishop want to hear our voices as we respond to the needs of the Church and the Gospel call of Jesus. These sessions are described as listening and discerning moments.

Please join us for the event to be held at Queen of Peace Thursday, February 3rd at 6:30 pm.

Feedback from QOP Synod Team who assisted at the January event:

“It was my privilege to be a scribe alongside Edna as the facilitator at Thursday’s event. It was ground breaking and awe inspiring for sure. 

 The evening was marked by holiness even as I got into the parking lot. I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, on reflection I was taken aback by the authenticity of the evening. Moreover,  what stood out for me was the faithfulness, enthusiasm, and the insights of the parishioners. 

 This truly marks the beginning of a great and powerful moving of the Holy Spirit. 

 Looking forward to the next event at QOP.” 

 Jessica P

“At our table, we accomplished exactly what Pope Francis is asking us to do, everyone agreed we had communion, participation & mission last night. Once I was able to talk, I suggested all at our table to share how they felt with two or more people.

 The Holy Spirit was on overdrive last night.

 Thanks be to God!!!!”

 Lorin H.