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Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis reads his pastoral letter, "You Will Be My Witnesses: Gathered and Sent from the Upper Room." The pastoral letter was issued November 20, 2022.

Pastoral Letter Podcast Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

    • Religion & Spirituality

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis reads his pastoral letter, "You Will Be My Witnesses: Gathered and Sent from the Upper Room." The pastoral letter was issued November 20, 2022.

    Intro and Section I: Where We Have Been in the Synod Process

    Intro and Section I: Where We Have Been in the Synod Process

    Archbishop Bernard Hebda introduces his Pastoral Letter, “You Will Be My Witnesses: Gathered and Sent from the Upper Room.” This episode includes a read-through of  numbers 1-7:


    Gratitude for the blessings of our Archdiocese
    Gratitude for the Synod
    An experience of unprecedented difficulty meriting an apology
    Why I called a Synod
    Principles that shaped the Synod process
    Consultation grounded in prayer and listening
    The June 2022 Archdiocesan Synod Assembly exceeded my expectations


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    • 10 min
    Section II: Walking Together (Synodos)

    Section II: Walking Together (Synodos)

    Archbishop Hebda reads through Section II of the Pastoral Letter, “You Will Be My Witnesses: Gathered and Sent from the Upper Room, ” numbers 8-17:

    8. What then should we do? (Lk 3:10)

    9. The harvest is abundant

    10. The laborers are few

    11. Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest

    12. Calling of the twelve to form a parish Synod Evangelization Team

    13. From Synod to synodality

    14. Office of Synod Evangelization

    15. Vicars of Evangelization

    16. From the how to the what of Synod implementation

    17. Finding clarity in the Upper Room


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    • 17 min
    Section III, A: The Upper Room (The Mystery of the Washing of the Feet)

    Section III, A: The Upper Room (The Mystery of the Washing of the Feet)

    Archbishop Hebda reads through Section III-A of the Pastoral Letter, “You Will Be My Witnesses: Gathered and Sent from the Upper Room,” numbers 18-27:

    18. Jesus humbled himself through service and self-gift

    19. Jesus heals us and purifies us

    20. The washing of the feet reveals that love must be expressed concretely

    21. The washing of the feet is hospitality that unites us with the other

    22. The washing of the feet affirms the other

    23. As we give ourselves to others, we discover ourselves

    24. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do

    25. Small Groups as an opportunity for the washing of feet

    26. The primary small group: The family

    27. Support for the family: Office of Youth and Young Adults


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    • 15 min
    Section III, B1: The Upper Room (The Mystery of the Eucharist)

    Section III, B1: The Upper Room (The Mystery of the Eucharist)

    Archbishop Hebda reads through the first half of Section III-B of the Pastoral Letter, “You Will Be My Witnesses: Gathered and Sent from the Upper Room,” numbers 28-32:

    28. This is my body given for you

    29. The love is in the food

    30. From foot-washing to the breaking of the bread: From Incarnation to Paschal Mystery

    31. Do this in memory of me: The institution of the Holy Eucharist

    32. The Sunday Eucharist in our parishes


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    • 11 min
    Section III, B2: The Upper Room (The Mystery of the Eucharist)

    Section III, B2: The Upper Room (The Mystery of the Eucharist)

    Archbishop Hebda reads through the second half of Section III-B of the Pastoral Letter, “You Will Be My Witnesses: Gathered and Sent from the Upper Room,” numbers 33-36:

    33. Do this in memory of me: the institution of Holy Orders

    34. The beauty of the Mass

    35. The form of the Mass

    36. The meaning of the Mass


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    • 11 min
    Section III, C1: The Upper Room (The Mystery of Pentecost)

    Section III, C1: The Upper Room (The Mystery of Pentecost)

    Archbishop Hebda reads through the first half of Section III-C of the Pastoral Letter, “You Will Be My Witnesses: Gathered and Sent from the Upper Room,” numbers 37-43:

    37. Waiting for the promise

    38. The Synod and the mystery of Pentecost

    39. The Upper Romo: What God has joined, we have divided

    40. The Acts of the Apostles: A Church on fire

    41. The Acts of the Apostles: A growing Church

    42. St. John XXIII and the new Pentecost

    43. The Second Vatican Council: A Council to proclaim the Good News in the modern world


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    • 16 min

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