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One year later, move to new Pastoral Center praised


Main entrance of the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Boston. The archdiocesan headquarters moved to a new location in Braintree one year ago. Pilot photo/ Antonio M. Enrique

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BRAINTREE -- One year after relocating from Brighton to Braintree, officials praised the move saying the Archdiocese of Boston’s central administration is now more effective and collaborative.

“We have created a great workspace,” said Kevin Kiley, director of budget and planning who coordinated the move.

“It’s really been a beehive of activity.”

Previously, the archdiocese’s more than 200 employees were scattered through seven buildings in four different locations -- Boston, Dorchester, Natick and West Roxbury. The consolidation has led to decreased costs and increased communication between employees, he said.

Kiley said that employees quickly acclimated to their new surroundings, even those who were uncertain about how the move would change their workplace.

The move has also led to the unexpected interaction between Catholics throughout the archdiocese and those who work at the Pastoral Center, Kiley added.

The foot traffic at the new building has increased as many faithful attend meetings, workshops or daily Mass there, he said.

Father George Szal, SM, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Revere and a regular visitor to the center, said the new building is spacious and more convenient to drive to than the chancery in Brighton.

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