As the Diocese of Bismarck has become a much more diverse body of Catholic faithful, the pastoral needs of the diocese have also become more diverse. The Second Vatican Council understood that the institution of the Diocesan Synod would be an invaluable tool for implementing the legislation and pastoral initiatives that are relevant to the needs of particular churches. As stated in Christus Dominus:
This sacred ecumenical synod earnestly desires that the venerable institution of synods and
councils flourish with fresh vigor. In such a way faith will be deepened and discipline preserved
more fittingly and efficaciously in the various churches, as the needs of the times require.
Below is a link to a presentation containing a brief history on Diocesan Synods and a summary of the Second Synod of the Diocese of Bismarck.
Diocesan Synod Presentation
Watch the recording of the live stream from the Synod Mass, Nov. 9, 2016
Second Synod of the Diocese of Bismarck
Table of Contents
The People of God
The Sanctifying Office of the Church
Sacred Places and Times
The Most Holy Eucharist
The Teaching Office of the Church
The Temporal Goods of the Church