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Pastoral Planning Advisory Board presents findings to Presbyteral Council


  • Mark Pykett, chairperson of the Pastoral Planning Advisory Board, presents report on how Disciples in Mission is working in the Archdiocese of Boston to the Presbyteral Council meeting at the Pastoral Center in Braintree Oct. 13. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
  • Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley speaks during the presentation of the Pastoral Planning Advisory Board. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)

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BRAINTREE -- For the first time since it was formed in 2014, the Pastoral Planning Advisory Board (PPAB) presented its report on how Disciples in Mission is working in the Archdiocese of Boston to the Presbyteral Council, Oct. 13.

Consisting of seven laypeople and one priest, the PPAB was formed to evaluate Disciples in Mission, the pastoral plan for the archdiocese.

Typically, the PPAB has presented its findings only to Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, rather than to the Presbyteral Council, which is the group of clergy that advises the cardinal in the governance of the Archdiocese of Boston.

The PPAB is "a group appointed by the cardinal, which is really important because they are actually evaluating the pastoral planning process for him," said Sister Pat Boyle, associate director of the archdiocese's Pastoral Planning office and an advisor to the PPAB alongside Father Paul Soper.

According to Sister Pat, the cardinal wanted the group to present to the Presbyteral Council after members of the council expressed interest in seeing the process behind how Disciples in Mission is evaluated.

Disciples in Mission was set into motion in 2012 by Cardinal O'Malley with a goal of conserving parish resources to allow them to better focus on evangelization. To do that, the 288 parishes of the archdiocese are being organized into 135 collaboratives over the course of many years.

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