Clergy Study Days 2021 include discussion of Synod

Celebration of Mass during Clergy Study Days held at Elkridge for priests from across the Eucharist included special prayers for persecuted Christians on Red Wednesday, Nov. 17. (Photo by Fr. Dan Yasinski)

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News

Clergy Study Days for priests from across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon were held Nov. 15-18 at Elk Ridge Resort, Waskesiu, SK.

The study days program included a focus on the Synod for a Synodal Church: “Communion, Mission, Participation,” which is underway around the globe, beginning with a diocesan phase of consultation and listening.

Speakers addressing the topic of the Synod and “synodality” during the Clergy Study Days included Msgr John Renken,Dean of Canon Law at St. Paul University in Ottawa; Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec; and Bishop Chris Harper of the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon.

In the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, the Synod was launched at the celebration of the Eucharist by Bishop Mark Hagemoen on Oct. 17. Parishes across the diocese will introduce the Synod during celebration of Mass on the first Sunday of Advent Nov. 27-28.

An online Synod workshop will be held 7 pm Wednesday Dec. 1, via Zoom, for parish leaders and all those interested in learning more about how the Synod could unfold in the diocese: Find more information at

Other topics addressed during the 2021 study days included “Becoming a Trauma-Informed Church – Impacts of COVID-19” with Sr. Elizabeth Davis, and a session on retirement planning for clergy, as well as diocesan updates and a forum with Bishop Mark Hagemoen.

On Nov. 17, marked as “Red Wednesday” in memory of Christians around the world persecuted for their faith, Mass with Bishop Hagemoen and the clergy of the diocese was live-streamed: LINK.