Following is a summary of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commissions proposal "Disciples in Mission" prepared by the Archdiocese of Boston. The summary was released with a note stating, "each of the proposal's recommendation involves detailed sub-recommendations that aren't included below, so we encourage everyone to read the full proposal document."
The full report is available online at www.Planning2012.com/APPCproposal
Part One: Recommendations for strengthening parishes for the work of the New Evangelization
1. That the 288 parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston be organized into approximately 135 Parish Collaboratives, these collaboratives consisting usually of two or three parishes, but sometimes only one, and, in rare occasion's four parishes.
2. That the formation of the parish collaboratives be phased in, with appropriate flexibility, over a period of five years.
3. That the parishes of each collaborative be assigned one single Pastor.
4. That the pastor form the staff members serving the parishes of the collaborative into a Pastoral Team.
5. That the multiple Parish Pastoral Councils of the parishes in a collaborative become one parish council to assist the one pastor in fostering pastoral activity and in guiding the mission of the Church in each parish and in the parish collaborative.
6. That, if possible in accord with the norms of Canon Law, the benefits and advantages of collaboration be extended to Parish Finance Councils, such that one finance council serves the one pastor to assist him in the financial administration of the parishes and the parish collaborative.
7. That the pastor, pastoral team, and councils of each parish collaborative participate in extensive theological and practical training for the New Evangelization.
8. That, given this major reorientation of the mission of the Archdiocese towards the New Evangelization, the staff at the Pastoral Center and other Central Ministry staff will also benefit from the training necessary to help them understand what the New Evangelization is, what their role is for the New Evangelization, and the ways in which the offices of the Pastoral Center should effectively assist the pastoral teams in strengthening the work of evangelization in their collaboratives.
9. That the parish collaboratives receive the support they need to become successful collaboratives.
10. That each collaborative be required to develop a pastoral plan for the collaborative within eight to twelve months of the inauguration of the collaborative.
11. That the Archbishop utilize multiple means of communication to introduce Disciples in Mission to the people and parishes of the Archdiocese as an important foundation for the mission of evangelization and to place this part of the plan in the context of the life and work of the Church in Boston.
12. That further work, coordinated by the Pastoral Planning Office (PPO), be completed on several particularly important issues that have been foremost in the Commission's deliberations, including parish collaboratives; Catholic schools; staff transitions; religious institutes, religious priests, and other non-incardinated priests; non-parochial pastoral services; parochial vicars; and strengthening the roles of regional vicar and vicar forane.
Part Two: Recommendations for strengthening the work of the New Evangelization in parishes
A. Recommendations for Re-energizing Pastoral Leadership for the Task of Evangelization
1. That the Office of the Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization (EVNE), the Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) and the Pastoral Planning Office of the Archdiocese of Boston (PPO) come together in a partnership to provide the training required for the full implementation of Disciples in Mission.
2. That at the conclusion of Phase One of the implementation, the Archdiocese hire four staff members, the Pastoral Planning Training Team (PPTT). The PPTT will follow CLI through their processes, learn from them their methods and resources, and assume responsibility for the CLI portion of the training at the end of two years. In this way, CLI will "train the trainers" for Phases Three and Four and for ongoing training and support.