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Conference looks at role of laity in changing Church


The conference attendees engage in small group discussions. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

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WESTON -- Lay pastoral leaders and priests from parishes across the Archdiocese of Boston heard and shared insight recently on their roles in a changing Church.

About 250 clergy and lay ecclesial ministers, and parish staff members gathered at the Campion Renewal Center on April 16 for the third annual Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference. The day-long event, titled “Co-Workers in Mission,” was sponsored by the Master of Arts in Ministry program at St. John’s Seminary and the archdiocese’s Office of Clergy Support and Ongoing Formation.

The conference was also co-sponsored by other offices of the archdiocese, including the offices of New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults, Permanent Diaconate Formation, Cultural Diversity, Delegate for Religious, Religious Education, and Worship and Spiritual Life. The conference was underwritten by Our Sunday Visitor.

The day opened with Eucharistic adoration, and also included talks and small group discussions.

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley delivered the keynote address and Father David Couturier, OFM, Cap., director of the archdiocese’s Office of Pastoral Planning, delivered an afternoon address.

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