Concerned Catholics of Vermont: Call for Synod

Designed by Concerned Catholics of Vermont @2013, a nonprofit and unaffiliated organization.
​Some CCOVT initiatives in the recent past:

Communication to subscribers:
* the Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) created by Bishop Coyne met initially on May 7, 2016. At that meeting participants were asked to list areas in which the Church was “doing well”, areas that needed to be “worked on” and, finally a list of priorities. The areas identified by the DPC was shared with CCOVT Subscribers.
*subsequent to the DPC meeting the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese decided to concentrate on “homilies” and the perceived need for improvement as the subject of further study. CCOVT subscribers were asked to submit suggestions about homilies and these were passed on to the DPC.

CCOVT Activities
CCOVT and the Bishop’s Office:
  • members of the CCOVT Steering Committee have held two informative and productive meetings with Bishop Coyne. The Bishop shared his own perceptions of the needs of the Diocese with the CCOVT attendees. CCOVT attendees expressed support of the Bishop’s initiatives while expressing their own perceptions and concerns,
  • CCOVT volunteers collected $3300 dollars to support the Bishop’s participation in the COTS walk.

CCOVT Special Events: 
  • after the conclusion of the Vatican Synod on the family in 2015, CCOVT held a meeting of Subscribers at St. Michael’s College to discuss reactions to the results of the Synod.
  • Subscribers were invited to attend a discussion at St. Michael’s of the Family Synod with three nationally recognized scholars on church history and canon law. One of the panelists was Phyllis Zagano who was subsequently appointed to the Vatican’s special commission on women deacons.
  • CCOVT Steering Committee Member Dennis O’Brien discussed the Family Synod on VPR’s Vermont Edition with Jane Lindholm. 

CCOVT Felllowship
  • worship and fellowship at Holy Family in Essex Junction ( 2014)
  • worship and fellowship at St. Alphonsus, Pittsford (September 18, 2016)

CCOVT General Meetings
  • CCOVT held a very successful day of contemplation and action at Weston Priory in October 2014. Over 50 attendees were welcomed by the Brothers, participated in Eucharist, enjoyed a picnic lunch and finished the day with intense discussion about our concerns: dwindling number of priests, loss of the youth, and communication between the diocese and the laity. A similar meeting is scheduled for Weston on Saturday, October 22, 2016.