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Part II -- 'Best Practices of Parish Evangelization'Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ

In last week's article I shared the update about the progress of Disciples in Mission that was given at this year's Co-Workers Conference. In addition to giving the update, I was asked to moderate a panel ...

Disciples in Mission update -- Part I Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ

Last week I was invited to speak at the annual Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference about the progress of Disciples in Mission. Most of the people attending the conference work in parishes as pastoral ...

Remote preparations -- What can you do?Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ

On June 1 of this year, 19 new collaboratives will be formed. There will be seven in the South Region, five in the North Region, three in the Merrimack Region, three in the Central Region and one in the ...

Parish transformation Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ

As more and more parishes realize that the work of evangelization and discipleship requires a change in the way we are Church, pastors and staffs are looking for new ways to engage people in the life ...

What does Boston have that other dioceses want?Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ

At just about the same time that Cardinal SeŠn called for the implementation of Disciples in Mission, Bishops in other dioceses around the country were looking at some of the same realities that we in ...

Phase IV -- Developing a culture of planning Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ

The Phase IV collaboratives are deep in the process of writing their local pastoral plans. They have been hard at work for several months writing a vision statement and goals they hope to achieve over ...

Evangelizing parishes -- always in seasonSister Pat Boyle

The Christmas season is over and now we return to ordinary time until the beginning of Lent. Ordinary time has a way of making us think that we now get back to business, to the usual day to day tasks. ...

What's happening these days in pastoral planning? Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ

Every once in a while it is good to stop and take a good look at all that is going on behind the scenes in pastoral planning. It is important to keep our readers up to speed on all that is taking place ...