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SF Archdiocese publishes synod results

13,000 people participated in the Archdiocese of San Francisco's survey and listening sessions in response to Pope Francis' invitation, asking dioceses to reach out to the people of God for their thoughts in advance of the upcoming 2023 Synod of Bishops on Synodality. The results are in from more than 12,000 surveys, and 25 listening sessions.




Participate in Pope Francis’s Synod

Letter from the Pastor   Fr. O' Letter about the Synod Survey


*** Survey closed ***

[Due 2/14] ... Online survey:
[Due 2/12] ... Paper survey (download PDF) - return to Rectory
[2/23 - 3/6] ... Attend an Engagement Session (in-person or ZOOM) throughout the Archdiocese. Register at:

Part 1 - Survey

  • Option 1: ONLINE - St. Isabella's Parish link.
  • Option 2: PAPER - Fill out the paper survey. Copies available at the church/rectory, or click here to [download] the PDF. 

  • Note: Online survey has to be taken in one sitting. Will not be able to stop in the middle and save for later.  

Part 2 - Engagement Session            Register at:

  • Option 1: via ZOOM (dates from 2/23 - 3/3)
  • Option 2: IN-PERSON (dates in Marin County: 2/26, 3/5, 3/6)


SYNOD 2021-2023

Participate in Pope Francis’s Synod



Pope Francis invites the whole Church to participate in the preparatory process for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on Synodality. This unprecedented opportunity will facilitate discussion and reflection to help shape the Church’s understanding of herself and her mission of evangelization and forming disciples. The Archdiocese of San Francisco will kick-off the local synodal process in January 2022 by asking every Catholic to participate in the Disciple Maker Index (DMI) survey. The process will continue in February and March with engagement sessions offered throughout the Archdiocese. The Disciple Maker Index survey is a nationally recognized survey administered at parishes around the United States and Canada since 2013 by The Catholic Leadership Institute. The results from this survey will provide baseline feedback from which content for engagement sessions will be developed.

More details are available through the Archdiocesan website at

For the Synod survey at St. Isabella, click this link:




For Frequently-asked-questions, click here where you will find answers to the following:

What is a synod?

What is a Synod of Bishops and why do they happen?

What is Synodality?

What is the current Synod?

What is the goal of this Synod?

Why are we participating in a Synod at this time?

Who can participate?

What is the role of the Archdiocese?

What is the role of the parish?

Every parish in the Archdiocese will be offering the Disciple Maker Index (DMI) survey from January 15 to February 15 both online as a link from individual parish websites and as a hardcopy survey that can be filled out in-person at all parishes. Parishioners should take the DMI through their parish so the data can accurately reflect the feedback from each parish community. Parishes will provide a link on their website and make hardcopy surveys available through February 15. You can also take the survey through the Archdiocesan website at by clicking on the link for your home parish.

How can I participate?

There will be a variety of ways for people to get involved in the Synod Process, as individuals or as part of your parish community. We encourage everyone to participate in any additional informal activities for formation, fellowship and prayer, that are organized at the parish. The two primary ways you can participate are:

  • Participate in the Disciple Maker Index Survey which will be offered at every parish in the Archdiocese from January 15 to February 15. This is an opportunity for every Catholic to provide personal feedback towards this process.
  • Attend one of many Engagement Sessions held in-person and virtually throughout the Archdiocese in February and March. These facilitated sessions will allow the People of God to engage with one another and listen to each other’s journey. For more information and a schedule of engagement sessions, go to

What will be the outcome of this Synodal process?