The Synod on Synodality, she went on to say, is “an opportunity for our Parishes, our Dioceses and our Bishops’ Conferences to utilize the responses that we receive for much needed insight into what is really going on at the grassroot level.”
“The synod is something that we've been needing in our Church. But this can only be effective if each and every one of us that are part of the Church take responsibility,” the member of the International Youth Advisory Body that is made up of 20 young people from different regions of the world and some international movements, associations and communities under the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, said.
She encouraged Catholic Church leaders at various levels “to take further initiative to invite everyone to these synodal discussions.”
“We all need to be involved in taking that extra initiative; to step outside of our comfort zones and to truly invite people on a one-on-one basis to be a part of this synodal process,” Ms. Yon said.
She added, “If we are expecting extraordinary results from this initiative, we need to put in extraordinary efforts and I truly believe if we do that, we will experience a renewed and faithful church and community.”
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In an interview with ACI Africa shortly after the webinar, Ms. Yon reflected on the synodal process in the Archdiocese of Cape Town, saying, “young people are actively involved in the process.’
“Many of our young representatives or leaders are actually a part of the Synod implementation teams within the different parishes,” she said.
In the March 30 interview with ACI Africa, the Cape Town youth coordinator encouraged the people of God to make use of the preparatory document and handbook for the 2023 Synod as guidelines during the Synodal process.
“Despite any resistance that we might receive about the Synod, it is up to us to make the change that we want to see, it is up to us to truly embrace it if we want to see a difference within our Church,” Ms. Yon said.
She encouraged “everyone to really participate, to download and look up the amazing resources that are available on the Synod website; and not to just read, but to implement.”
“This will only be effective if we all truly participate and do what we are called to do, that it's not just words on a piece of paper, but that we actually put it into action,” the Catholic youth leaders told ACI Africa March 30.