Regions – known as Dioceses – form the structure of our Communion. Our experience as Church and our relationships with one another are strengthened through the life and worship of our Dioceses.
Each Diocese is led by a Diocesan Bishop, elected and called by its laity and clergy, who oversees the spiritual and practical concerns of all the clergy and lay people within their own diocese.
The Synodal Catholic Diocese of the Southeast encompasses the Communion's communities in the southeastern United States and the Netherlands. Communities and ministries that are not a part of an established Diocese are given pastoral care by their closest geographic Diocese until they are able to become their own diocese.
In the Synodal Catholic Diocese of the Southeast and our Communion, we work together in Synod - which is our regular meeting - convened to discuss, share and pray over the issues and concerns of our life together. Synod is also where matters up for discussion or vote are resolved by a consensus of our participatory voices - laity, clergy and bishop.
Synod is the method by which we express our participatory Catholicism. We meet in Synod annually as a Diocese and every four years as a Communion.
SCDSE Diocesan Norms
SCDSE Cycle of Prayer
Synodal: Our Model of Church
We Are Synodal