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Events Leading to the Creation of the Council


  • Synod delegates attended a convocation in February at Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle to review documents & propose amendments. 
  • On May 20 the Synod Activation Day was held at College of St. Francis in Joliet. 
  • The next day a Synod Celebration was held at the Cathedral . 
  • A Synod Implementation Commission was appointed in December to study the role of a diocesan pastoral council and formulate preliminary by-laws, and to organize by-laws for diocesan conciliation & arbitration board.


  • Hearings were held for for parishes, high school & college students. 
  • The first draft of the Synod documents was sent to 300 persons to review. 
  • By December the third draft was begun.


  • Informational meetings were held throughout Diocese in May and June. 
  • A telephone survey was conducted to assess attitudes & practices of a sample of Catholics in Diocese, and to generate items for a broad base survey instrument. 
  • A total of 8,085 calls were made. 
  • In November a written questionnaire of 138 questions was distributed to Catholics 14 years old and older. 
  • Approximately 4,000 questionnaires were distributed in Spanish. 
  • Six writing committees were formed for Synod documents. 
  • Only about 30% of Catholics responded to the survey. 


  • A Synod was announced in April. 
  • Its purpose would be to attain a vision for the Diocese. 
  • Bishop Kaffer was appointed as Chair of the Synod Executive Committee. 
  • Nineteen persons were named to the Synod Steering Committee.
  • A Pre-Synodal committee recommended a synod be convoked to provide a continuation of spiritual renewal and to serve as a vehicle to develop a vision for the Church of Joliet through the bishop, clergy, religious and laity together.