Synodal Pathway

Journeying Together






Diocesan Synthesis

The Diocese of Kerry’s 10-page synthesis of the listening process  to date has been published.


In response to the invitation of Pope Francis, the Diocese of Kerry has embarked on a Synodal Pathway, a time of reflection, discussion and listening aimed at helping us “journey together” as a Church in the years ahead. This pathway was launched by Bishop Ray with prayers at St Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney on Sunday 17th of October 2021. The weekend before, he published a Pastoral Message setting out the hopes he has for this initiative.

This pathway has a number of objectives:

  • To respond to Pope Francis’s request that every diocese in the world contribute the insights of the whole people of God on a number of fundamental questions which will be discussed at the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2023.
  • To be part of the two-year process of prayer, listening and discernment which will prepare the Church here in Ireland to discuss what the Holy Spirit wants of the Irish Church in a National Synodal Assembly.
  • To learn how to listen better to the Holy Spirit and to each other as a Diocese.

Details of the next steps in our Synodal Pathway will be announced shortly. The Synodal Team for the Diocese of Kerry can be contacted at

Diocese of Kerry – Synodal Pathway Resources

A brief introduction to the Synodal Pathway and how to prepare for the consultation process that will be held in Spring 2022.

The Ten Themes that Pope Francis and the Synod of Bishops are asking us to discuss.

To make an online contribution to the consultation process, please complete our questionnaire.

The Irish Synodal Pathway

Visit the website of the Irish Synodal Pathway to learn more about the process of prayer, listening and discernment that will be happening here in Ireland over the next few years.

The Universal Synod

Visit the website of the Synod of Bishops in Rome to learn more about the worldwide process of consultation that Pope Francis has asked for in preparation for the October 2023 Synod of Bishops on the theme of Synodality.

Subscribe to the Synod Newsletter.

Local Synodal Pathway Team

The Synodal Pathway team for the Diocese of Kerry is Ailish Walsh, Des Bailey and Fr Bernard Healy. They can be contacted at for any query related to the worldwide consultation or the local Synodal Pathway being organised by the Irish Episcopal Conference.