Boston plan responds to shrinking resources

Cardinal Sean O’Malley

Cardinal Sean O’Malley

December 3, 2012

A pastoral plan approved by Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley calls for the Boston Archdiocese to organize its 288 parishes into approximately 135 groups called “parish collaboratives.”

Led by one pastor, a group of priests, deacons and lay ecclesial ministers, called a pastoral team, would provide pastoral services to parishes in the collaborative.

Under the plan, each parish in the collaborative group will maintain its separate identity and retain control of its own property and assets.

Called Disciples in Mission, the plan identified parishes’ main challenges: declining Mass attendance, shrinking numbers of priests and trained laity, and an increasing number of parishes unable to sustain themselves financially.