What is Required of the General Delegates:

The role of a General Delegate is complex.  It cannot be only seen as a “political liaison” between Synod and constituency. Rather, a General Delegate is commissioned from a parish/group to be the conduit of the Holy Spirit, lending his /her voice to the process.  On the other hand, it is also important to bring concerns, observations and needs of the community to the synod and report back to the parish/group. Being a General Delegate is also a formation journey in better understanding of the diocese and in helping in the process of planning for the future.

The General Delegates are chosen from the various groups in the diocese (process handled by the respective committees).  In addition, each parish of the diocese will sent two General Delegates to the synod.  These delegates are chosen by the pastor and his lay leadership team.  Since the character of each parish is different, the pastors need to find the best way in which to select these delegates.

The General Delegates must be chosen from the members of the Diocese of Bridgeport.


Requirements of the General Delegates:

Time Commitment 

  • Attend at least one of the listening Sessions:
  1. Monday     May 5 at 7:30 PM – Vicariate I  – Trinity High School, Stamford                        
  2. Friday        May 16 at 7:30 PM – Vicariate II  – St. Aloysius, New Canaan                                   
  3. Saturday    May 17 at 1:30 PM – Youth Listening Session Notre Dame High School, Fairfield   NOTE: Attending adults MUST have completed background check and Virtus training and prove that at the entrance
  4. Monday     June 2 at 7:30 PM – Vicariate III  – St. Thomas, Fairfield   
  5. Sunday       June 8 at 5:00 PM  – Spanish Community The Catholic Center (in Spanish)
  6. Tuesday     June 17 at 7:30 PM – Vicariate IV  – St. Catherine, Trumbull                                 
  7. Saturday    June 21 at 1:00 PM – Vicariate V  – Immaculate High School, Danbury                               
  • Attend ceremonies and General Sessions of the Synod:
  1. Opening ceremony            Friday, September 19, 2014 – Cathedral
  2. First Session                       Saturday, September 20, 2014 – St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull (Family Center)
  3. Second Session                  Saturday, November 15, 2014 – St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull (Family Center)
  4. Third Session                     Saturday, February 7, 2015 – St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull (Family Center)
  5. Fourth Session                   Saturday, March 21, 2015 – St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull (Family Center)
  6. Fifth Session                       Saturday, May 9, 2015  – St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull (Family Center)
  7. Sixth Session                      Saturday, May 30, 2015 – St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull (Family Center)
  8. Synod Closing Mass          Saturday, September 19, 2015 – Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport

 Formation of the Delegates 

  1. Attend one Formation Day (offered 3 times this Summer: July 12, 26 and August 16; 9AM – 1:30 PM at St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull)
  2. One online component through Fordham University this Summer (reading and study)
  3. Online study/formation component through Fordham University after each General Session
  4. Day of Recollection with the Bishop: March 21, 2015
  5. Theological Reflection after the completion of the Synod (TBD)
  6. Formation lectures are provided to the Delegates free of charge

 Working Knowledge of Church Teaching 

  1. Delegates should have some basic knowledge of Church doctrines and principles.  No in depth theological knowledge is required (but certainly appreciated).
  2. Some knowledge of the current moral, legal and ethical issues the Church is struggling with. 

Communication and Other Skills

  1. Delegate should be comfortable with public speaking and expressing clearly and concisely his or her ideas.
  2. The language of the Synod is English.
  3. Basic knowledge of computers and the Internet use will be required for the Delegates to take the online courses.
  4. If not done so previously, each delegate has to complete the Safe Environment Awareness Training (Virtus) and background check (via own parish). Please check the website for available training sessions dates and registration: (http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/safeenvironments/training).  The last training sessions prior to synod will be offered on September 6 at 9:30 AM (location TBD) and September 17 at 6:30 PM (location TBD).

Other Requirements

  1. A passport photo (or similar) for the synod ID badge. Electronic version is preferred, but others are also acceptable.
  2. Working email address for communications purposes.
  3. Access to the Internet (online study / formation classes).