New and old -- June 30 will be the first regular business day at the archdiocese’s new Pastoral Center in Braintree. Below is pictured the archdiocese’s former Brighton Chancery building. Pilot photos/ Antonio Enrique and Gregory L. Tracy
BRIGHTON -- In the midst of observing its bicentennial year, the Archdiocese of Boston marks another significant milestone with the move of its central administration to the new Pastoral Center in Braintree.
Most archdiocesan employees worked their last day at the chancery property in Brighton on June 25. Plans call for the offices to be closed while the moving company hired by the archdiocese, Mark’s Moving and Storage, Inc., transport boxes on June 26. On the 27th, employees have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the new building and unpack before the center will be up and running on June 30.
An estimated 50 offices with 225 employees were slated to relocate during the week of June 23 to 27, said Kevin Kiley, archdiocesan director of planning and projects. “We are making history. It’s a very exciting time,” he said.
Kiley added that the change of venue benefits the archdiocese in many ways. The “primary benefit” will be bringing the offices into one building, which will lead to more collaboration and coordination, he said.
The administrative offices of the archdiocese have made their home on the Brighton property since the late 1920s.
Currently, the central administration is located in six different buildings -- three on the Brighton property and three off-site -- Catholic Schools Office in Dorchester, the Metropolitan Tribunal in West Roxbury and the Propagation of the Faith in Boston.