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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 ...

Diversity in faith formationSister Pat Boyle

'''God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life" (Jn 3:16). For those of us who are baptized into Christ Jesus, this ...

A 'Good News' story Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ

The work of evangelization has many appearances. In some parishes the focus is on creating a welcoming community. In some, the focus is on strengthening the weekend liturgies with good music and preaching. ...

Come Holy Spirit!Sister Pat Boyle

An important aspect of Disciples in Mission is being able to speak to another person about the difference Christ makes in one's life or how one has come to recognize Christ in the experiences of life. ...