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Archdiocese launches Second General Synod

Director is in place, listening session dates are set, website is up

MIAMI – A director is in place, a website is up and the dates of the listening sessions are set, so the Archdiocese of Miami’s Second General Synod is officially underway.

Officially convoked by Archbishop Thomas Wenski at this year’s Chrism Mass, April 3, the Synod is a two-year-long pastoral plan aimed at revitalizing the Catholic faith in South Florida.  It will begin with 10 listening sessions, during which Archbishop Wenski is inviting the 1.3 million Catholics in Broward, Dade and Monroe counties to make their voices heard by expressing their concerns, suggestions and needs in terms of the life of the Church in the archdiocese.

The listening sessions — to be held in English, Spanish and Creole in all three counties — will begin June 16 and conclude June 30. A letter from Archbishop Wenski inviting people to participate will be published in every parish bulletin the weekend of May 12-13. Both the letter and the dates, times and places of the listening sessions are posted on the archdiocesan Synod site, which is accessible by clicking on the Synod banner on the home page, The results of the listening sessions, once tabulated and studied, will establish the priorities of the archdiocese for the next three to five years.

Rosemarie Banich has been named director of the synod office, where she will be responsible for working with the Catholic Leadership Institute, archdiocesan clergy, faithful and volunteers, to coordinate and facilitate the Second General Synod.  Born in Miami Beach, Banich was raised in Miami Shores and attended St. Rose of Lima School and Archbishop Curley Notre-Dame High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Florida in 1991 and a J.D. from the University of Miami in 1994.

For more information on the Second General Synod and a list of listening sessions, please visit or call (305) 762-1189 or send a message to 

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