A chronological list of key dates and events in the creation and implementation of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan “Disciples in Mission” and the formation of the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative:
Cardinal Seán O’Malley established an Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission (APPC), tasked with developing a recommendation for a pastoral plan for the Archdiocese of Boston (see Press Release).
The APPC released its initial proposal: Disciples in Mission: A Pastoral Plan For The Archdiocese of Boston. This plan included the recommendation that the 288 parishes of the Archdiocese be organized into approximately 125 Pastoral Collaboratives. St. John the Evangelist – St. Paul was one proposed collaborative.
The Archdiocese began a series of consultations with parish clergy and staff, Parish Pastoral Councils, and Parish Finance Councils to review the new initiatives and the basic principles of the collaborative model, and to elicit response from the participants. Representatives from Parish Pastoral Councils, Parish Finance Committees and Parish Planning Groups were then provided with suggested frameworks for Parish Town Hall Meetings, FAQ’s and other materials to elicit feedback directly from parishioners, in order to prepare a Parish Report in response to the proposed pastoral plan by May 1, 2012.
February and March 2012
Here at St. John’s, feedback was solicited directly by the Parish Pastoral Planning Group via the bulletin, suggestion boxes in the church, email, the parish website, an online survey, and through a series of Town Hall meetings held in late March. (A summary report of these meetings can be found here.)
The St. John the Evangelist Parish Report to the Archdiocese on the Pastoral Planning Commission’s Proposal was submitted to the Archdiocese on May 1, 2012.
Over the summer, the APPC reviewed the reports from all the parishes and assessed the proposal in light of this feedback. On August 30, 2012, the APPC released a revised Disciples in Mission: A Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston.
Cardinal Sean announced the acceptance of the Pastoral Plan (see Press Release). St. John received a letter from the Archdiocese of Boston Office of Pastoral Planning affirming their belief that the St. John the Evangelist Parish – St Paul Parish grouping was the proper collaborative. The letter also announced the beginning of Phase One of the implementation process, and requested a response from St. John in which we acknowledged our assent to our grouping and expressed our wishes regarding entering Phase One.
After consultation with the Parish Pastoral Council, the Finance Council, the Parish Pastoral Planning Group, and the Parish Staff, St. John Parish responded that there was complete consensus on two points:
- the proposed collaborative of St. John the Evangelist and St. Paul is the appropriate one
- St. John is not prepared to enter into Phase One of the implementation process
The Archdiocese of Boston announced 12 Phase One Parish Collaboratives.
Pastors of the Phase One Collaboratives named.
Phase One Collaboratives officially begin.
The Archdiocese of Boston announced 21 Phase Two Parish Collaboratives.
Pastors of the Phase Two Collaboratives named (effective June 3, 2014)
The St. John and St. Paul Parish Councils, along with Father Powers and Father Rafferty, request that our Collaborative be included in the upcoming Phase III of the Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston. The Planning Office concurs with our suggestion, hence we expect to be a part of Phase Three, which will be announced in summer 2014 and begin in summer 2015.
Phase Two Collaboratives begin.
The Archdiocese of Boston officially announces 18 Phase Three Parish Collaboratives, including the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative. Current pastors submit their resignations which will become effective in June 2015; pastors remain in place until that date.
Consultation begins with St. John and St. Paul staff and councils on the selection of a new pastor for the collaborative.
Fr. Kevin Sepe appointed Pastor of the St. John – St. Paul Collaborative, effective with the official launch of the new Collaborative on June 2, 2015.
June 2, 2015
The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative formally begins.