Consultation – Sister Pat Boyle joins the team – Phase One discussions

We’re very pleased this week to be able to announce that Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ, has joined our Pastoral Planning team as the Associate Director of Pastoral Planning.

Sister Pat comes to us from a decade or so as the Pastoral Associate of Saint Ann Parish in Quincy.  She was a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission, and has worked as the liaison for Pastoral Associates – a role in which she will continue, as that will become a part of the job of the Associate Director.  Sister Pat will formally start here on January 14.

We had a great event last night at the Pastoral Center.  It was small – 18 people present, and about another 10 online – but another very substantial Parish discussion on Evangelization.

You can watch the whole event here.

You can see a copy of the oral discussion here.

Finally, you can see the polling results here.

The meeting, in addition to being interesting in itself, was a solid proof of concept for the web interactivity.  We’ll be using that model in the Faith Essentials program starting in January, which is going to be excellent – you should go that site and register soon.

These meetings, and the good ideas they present, continue to convince me of the fundamental concept underpinning  Disciples in Mission - Parish based Evangelization works, and it works well, and the process of making it work strengthens a Parish.

We’ll be in serious discussion with some of our Parishes which have volunteered for Phase One over these next weeks before Christmas, so that we can have a good, solid, diverse list ready to present right after the first of the year.  There are about a hundred (only slightly exaggerating) drafts of that list around right now, and each one is morphing every day as new responses come in.

Please continue to pray for us, especially through the intercession of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, whose great Feast we celebrate tomorrow!




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