“This brief book ably covers a huge topic. Pope Francis has summoned the largest consultation in the history of the human race, and Michael Sanem has presented a clear way for people to get involved. Time is of the essence. The pope wants you.”
Fr. Paul Turner, Pastor, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City, Missouri
"The word 'synod' is still not quite at home in the lexicon of many Catholics, yet it is certainly being talked about right now. Michael Sanem offers a concise yet complete overview of synodality and particularly the synod currently underway in the global Catholic Church. Emphasizing that this is a journey more than a destination, Sanem provides the essential issues that Pope Francis wants to hear about from Catholics all over the world. Everyone should be engaged in this synod, and if you are not sure how or why, pick up this booklet."
Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv, Bishop of Lexington, President of Pax Christi USA
"In Your Church Wants to Hear From You, Michael J. Sanem provides a clear and engaging description of what the Synod on Synodality is, what it hopes to accomplish, and why people should embrace this opportunity for greater participation and communion in the Church. Sanem describes how the synodality process of listening, dialogue, and discernment is present in scripture, in the early history of Christianity, and in the Second Vatican Council. He then invites all people to learn and listen from each other and the Holy Spirit through the Synod on Synodality 'so we may all journey together with Christ into a hope-filled future.' I highly recommend this concise and inspiring guide to the Synod on Synodality, with its call for all the people of God to become a church that journeys together."
Jennifer Halling, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, Atchison, Kansas
"A synodal way for the whole church needs a guide for the whole church. With this brief, readable, and excellent resource, that's what Michael J. Sanem has provided. Your Church Wants to Hear from You is a wonderful way for individuals, study groups, and parishes to enter the synodal process and its new way of being a church community journeying together."
Steven P. Millies, Catholic Theological Union
"If the 'journey is the destination', this is the road map on how to offer an effective Synod on Synodality process within your diocese and parish. This booklet will help you navigate the best practices on inviting, calling forth and engaging those you serve while allowing the Spirit to lead the way."
Elizabeth Madeo, Parish Director of Faith Formation and Adjunct Faculty
"In three moments that meaningfully resonate with the see-judge-act pastoral cycle, Catholic educator Michael J. Sanem offers a clear and excellent guide to the Synod on Synodality, the process and fruit of which are decisive for our life and mission as Church. Rooting 'synodality' in Vatican II's Lumen Gentium, Sanem kindles in the reader the hope-inspiring image of a Church that is participatory and inclusive."
Antonio D. Sison, CPPS, PhD, Vatican Council II Chair of Theology, Catholic Theological Union