I welcome and greet you all warmly in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Another Synod is here and in more than one way, it is a very special one. This year, our diocese is eight years old, a unique and perfect year for the perfection of God’s gifts for our beloved diocese. Many of you were vehicles of God’s blessings to us and we thank you for making yourselves available to be so used. May God bless you and all yours, IJN, amen.