In January of 2011, 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. In December, the APPC released its initial plan to revitalize the Church in Boston by positioning parishes more solidly for the task of evangelization. A key element of the plan included the recommendation that the 288 parishes of the Archdiocese be organized into approximately 135 Pastoral Collaboratives. St. John the Evangelist – St. Paul was one proposed collaborative (see original announcement.)
The Archdiocese then began a series of consultations in with parish clergy and staff, Parish Pastoral Councils, and Parish Finance Councils to review the plan and the basic principles of the collaborative model. Individual parishes also began to elicit feedback directly from parishioners, in order to prepare a Parish Report in response to the proposed pastoral plan. These reports were provided to the Archdiocese in May 2012.
In November of 2012, Cardinal Seán O’Malley announced his formal acceptance of Disciples in Mission – A Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston. At this time, the Archdiocese sent letters to both St. John and St. Paul parishes affirming their belief that the St. John –St Paul parish grouping was the proper collaborative and announcing the beginning of Phase One of the implementation process. St. John and St. Paul responded to the Archdiocese to confirm that they assented to the grouping but were not prepared to enter into Phase One of the process.
In May of 2014, the St. John and St. Paul Parish Councils, along with Father Powers and Father Rafferty, requested that our Collaborative be included in the upcoming Phase Three of the Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston. The Planning Office concurred, and our expected inclusion in Phase Three was announced to the parishes.
In September of 2014, the Phase Three collaboratives were formally announced by the Archdiocese, and current pastors submitted their resignations, effective in June 2015. Consultation began with St. John and St. Paul staff and councils on the selection of a new pastor for the collaborative.
In January 2015, Fr. Kevin Sepe was appointed Pastor of the St. John – St. Paul Collaborative, effective with the official launch of the new Collaborative on June 2, 2015.