Message from the President
16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
As you know, the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod is taking place this month in the Vatican. The Synod on Synodality will take place in two sessions. The first from October 4 – 29, 2023 and the second on October 24, 2023.
Similar to Councils and Synods that have taken place for hundreds of years, every session of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) began with prayer Adsumus. This prayer attributed to Saint Isidore of Seville will be recited to open each session of the current Synod.
We invite trustees, student trustees, staff and students in Catholic schools to recite the Adsumus often throughout the month of October. We pray that through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, that all gathered at the Synod on Synodality discern and are guided by the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Adsumus Sancte Spiritus
(We stand before You, Holy Spirit)
We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With you alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance
lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together
to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever. Amen.