Implementation + 1 – up and running

So now we are up and running.  Implementation is under way.  We’re sending out letters.  We’re making phone calls.  We’re planning trainings.  We’re meeting with Pastors and Bishops.

But there’s a danger here.  Meetings and letters and classes and plans are all good, all necessary – they even can be holy.  But our fundamental orientation must always be to invite people back to the Lord.

My good friend, Father Jim Rafferty, who was for eighteen years the Pastor of Saint Paul’s in Hingham (and recently “transitioned to Senior Priest Status” – he doesn’t like to say “retired”) – he often says, “Evangelization happens in four steps:  Pray.  Listen.  Witness.  Invite.”

So, for all of you out there who are routing for the Pastoral Plan, let’s make a commitment.

Let’s all commit to praying for someone who needs to find the Lord again.  Let’s choose  a specific person, and, as the opening days of the implementation ofDisciples in Mission unfold, let’s pray for that person.

Then we’ll figure out what comes next.

Check out Cardinal Sean’s web chat on, which took place at 1:00 this afternoon.  And here are some good pictures to go with it.

I’ll put up just a couple of them here:


This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Implementation + 1 – up and running

  1. Linda, osc says:

    It would be my fervent hope that every parish and group and individual in the parishes would send along comments and “Disciples” goes forward – I would have used the intials but DIM just doesn’t sound as hope-filled as it should

    But I know from experience that Fr. Paul listens and reaches out and makes church home under even the worst of circumstances – suggestions are welcome and vision and hopes and dreams – they all count as we do the St Francis thing – rebuild the church – not with stones but with hearts

    Pray – Smile- Love – Work – Invite –

    God cannot be out done in generosity


    • Fr. Paul Soper says:

      Thanks, Linda. You are certainly correct in saying that the work that is before us is filled with hope, and that it must start in our hearts. If our hearts belong to him, we will be authentic disciples, and authentic discipleship is very attractive, even if bewildering – it all starts with our own conversion, which must be a thing that happens every single day.

  2. C R Krieger says:

    I am sure it is out there, but it isn’t obvious, but we need easy web access to the configurations within the four regions.  There is what I take to be misinformation out there.

    As an aside, I do like the idea of adult education.

    Regards  —  Cliff

    • Fr. Paul Soper says:

      Cliff –

      Early this week, each Pastor of each Parish in the Archdiocese will be getting a letter confirming with him what his collaborative is, or, in some cases, stating that the collaborative issues are not yet resolved in that place. We’ve worked with the Pastors and, through them, with the Parish Pastoral Councils in these recent months to try to make that the best list we can. However, there are two issues:

      First, the list is only about 70% complete. Many of the collaboratives are complicated, and we’d rather take our time in getting them right rather than to do them quickly. Disciples in Mission is all about organic change – there is not a huge rush to get a list correct. And while the list is still evolving, it is only respectful to the local Pastors and Councils to work with them first.

      Second, the list has evolved significantly since its original release in January of this year. I want to stress that there should be no pastor that is at all surprised at what is on this list – we’ve worked with all of them in its development. But communication directly with his people is the job of the Pastor, and I need to give them time to talk with their people about the new list.

      If you haven’t got the information you’re looking for from your Pastor in a couple of days, you can write to me directly at, and I’ll see if I can help you out.

      Thanks for being patient with an evolving process.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>