Kristin Selle and Stephanie Clavin presented their hand-painted Synod scroll to Archbishop Gregory Aymond at the April 15 Chrism Mass celebrated at St. Louis Cathedral. Kirstin and Stephanie processed from the sacristy and placed it on an easel in front of the altar. The Archbishop convoked the Ninth General Synod of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He signed the scroll first, followed by members of the Synod Steering Committee and Synod Leadership Team. The scroll will remain inside the cathedral until the synod process is completed on Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015.
The last synod for the archdiocese was convened 27 years ago. The annual Chrism Mass is a Holy Week liturgy during which sacred oils used in the sacramental life of the church in the coming year are blessed for distribution to parishes. An estimated 150 priests from throughout the archdiocese participated in the Mass and renewed their commitment to priestly service.