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On Monday, May 5, a group of 20 pastors will return to the Pastoral Center in Braintree for another week of training and preparation for the June 3 inauguration of 20 new collaboratives in Phase II of the archdiocesan pastoral plan, Disciples in Mission. A collaborative is made up of one, two, three or four parishes who share a pastor, a pastoral team, and a collaborative pastoral council. Each parish within the collaborative maintains its own identity, assets and obligations, buildings (including churches), and parish finance council. Phase II collaboratives include 43 parishes. Within their first 18 months, they will write and submit a Local Pastoral Plan that fits the unique needs and gifts of their specific collaborative. The collaborative structure presents a new leadership model, designed to make our parishes vibrant centers of evangelization: strong, stable, intentional and effective heralds of the Good News.
Disciples in Mission is still new and will be rolled out gradually, in seven phases, through 2019.