Parishes begin Phase V of Disciples in Mission

BRAINTREE -- The latest group of 13 parishes organized into 9 collaboratives began their implementation of the archdiocese's pastoral plan Disciples of Mission, June 1.

The parishes and pastors participating in Phase V of Disciples of Mission are:

St. Mary Parish, Ayer and St. Anthony Parish, Shirley -- Father Edward Desrosier;

St. Julia Parish, Weston -- Father Mark Mahoney;

St. Catherine Parish, Norwood -- Father Stephen Donohoe;

St. Timothy Parish, Norwood -- Father Gerard Petringa;

Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Sharon -- Father Frank Daly;

St. Pius V Parish and Holy Family Parish, Lynn -- Father Robert Poitras;

Holy Trinity Parish, Quincy -- Father Martin Dzengeleski;

St. Joseph Parish, Hanson and Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Halifax -- Father Michael Hobson;

St. Patrick Parish, Roxbury -- Father Jack Ahern

A preliminary list of Phase V parishes announced last October had included 16 parishes organized into 10 collaboratives.

Phase V is the newest phase of Disciples of Mission, the pastoral plan that was set into motion in 2012 by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley with the goal of conserving parishes' resources to allow them to better focus on evangelization. To achieve that goal, the 288 parishes of the archdiocese are being organized into approximately 135 collaboratives over the course of several years. The new Phase V collaboratives join the 53 collaboratives already implementing Disciples in Mission in Phases I through IV.