Cardinal Seán has named Pastors for four of our Phase One Collaboratives. They are:
Father Mark Mahoney, to be the Pastor in Beverly (Saint Margaret, Saint Mary Star of the Sea, and Saint John). Father Mahoney will be leaving his current position as Pastor of Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Topsfield to take this new assignment.
Monsignor William Fay, to be the Pastor of the Collaborative in Methuen (Saint Lucy and Saint Monica). Monsignor Fay will be leaving his current position as Pastor of Saint Columbkille in Brighton to take this new assignment.
Father Shawn Allen, to be the Pastor of the Billerica Collaborative (Saint Theresa, Saint Mary, and Saint Andrew). Father Allen is currently the Pastor of Saint Theresa in Billerica.
Father Carlos Flor, to be the Pastor of Saint Mary of the Angels in Roxbury and Saint Thomas Aquinas and Our Lady of Lourdes in Jamaica Plain. Father Flor is currently the Pastor of those three Parishes.
All of these appointments are effective on June 4, 2013.
Personally, I am very grateful to all of these excellent priests for their willingness to take on these assignments. And, I am no less grateful to the excellent priests who will be moving on from these Parishes to other assignments. Generosity of Spirit is at the heart of the priesthood. Our promise of obedience is the core of our love relationship with Jesus.
Please pray for all of these priests – those who are starting in these Collaboratives and those who are moving on to other assignments. Please also pray for Cardinal Seán and for the Clergy Personnel Board as they continue to work toward making these difficult decisions.