Free online course “Toward a Constitutively Synodal Church”

Participants at the first session of the Synod General Assembly

The third edition of a free, online course entitled “Toward a Constitutively Synodal Church” begins on March 2, and seeks to train pastoral workers, religious men and women, and bishops in light of the Synod on synodality.

By Vatican News

Several Latin American members of the Theological Commission of the General Secretariat of the Synod team up with the Ibero-American Theology Group, along with the support of the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) and the Latin American Confederation of Religious Men and Women (CLAR), to promote the free course “Toward a Constitutively Synodal Church.”

The online course regarding the Synod on synodality kicks off on March 2, 2024.

Training within everyone’s reach

According to the organizers—Rafael Luciani, Carlos Galli, Agenor Brighenti, Serena Noceti, and Felix Palazzi—this is the third intercontinental MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).

“All videos will be offered virtually for free to participants from all over the world during the month of March 2024,” they say. “We use a totally online and asynchronous format.”

Lectures are pre-recorded and are available at any time during the month of March in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, and German.

The initiative enjoys the support of the CELAM Formation Center – CEBITEPAL.

It seeks to promote synodality by creating alliances with various Church organizations, such as the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE), the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), and the Union of Superiors General (USG), as well as various Catholic universities.

“The program uses a digital platform created by the Department of Continuing Education of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry,” according to Rafael Luciani.

Flyer for the Synodal course

Flyer for the Synodal course

Global reach

Organizers say the two previous editions of the training program have offered formation to around 100,000 pastoral agents, religious men and women, bishops, laypeople, and priests from different continents.

To register for free, visit the platform:

Information about the training program and lecturers can also be found at the link.

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