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Pastoral planning to promote the New Evangelization


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Below is the prepared text of the remarks Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley was expected to deliver at a press conference Nov. 15 announcing his acceptance of Disciples in Mission -- A Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston.

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for joining us as we announce the beginning of a major new initiative that will strengthen the Church in the Archdiocese of Boston and ensure a bright future for many years to come.

On Aug. 30, 2012 I received the proposal ''Disciples in Mission -- A Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston'' from Monsignor William Fay, Deacon Chuck Clough, and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission. Since then, the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, Pastoral Council, Finance Council and Cabinet have shared their guidance and advice regarding the proposal, and much time has been given to prayer and reflection. Today, with gratitude for the significant time and effort many have given to this important work, I give my formal acceptance to ''Disciples in Mission'' and commit myself and the resources of the Archdiocese to the implementation of this plan.

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