Both Father Joseph P. McDermott of Immaculate and Father John E. Kelly of St. James had asked to be considered the Immaculate Conception and St. James collaborative pastor, one of the new 33 collaboratives that includes 72 parishes. McDermott recently got the approval to stay at Immaculate Conception until June from Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
Mazzone was ordained to the priesthood in 2008.
“We are blessed by the dedication of the priests, parishioners and the deacons and religious who are working together to strengthen our parishes. I am grateful for the generosity of these pastors as they accept the call to lead the new collaboratives, advancing the mission of evangelization in the Archdiocese of Boston,” said O'Malley in a press release.
According to the Archdiocese, The Pastoral Plan groups the parishes of the Archdiocese into approximately 135 collaboratives. Each parish maintains its own identity in the collaboratives. Each parish retains its buildings, its canonical rights, its financial assets and obligations. The collaborative will have one pastor who will work with one Pastoral Team and one Parish Pastoral Council, although since each parish maintains its financial independence, each parish will have its own Parish Finance Council.” Together they will develop a pastoral plan for their local collaborative, focused on serving the needs of the parishes in their local collaborative and advancing the mission of the New Evangelization. The formation of the parish collaboratives will be phased in, with appropriate flexibility, over a period of five years. Pastors, pastoral teams, and councils of each parish collaborative will participate in extensive theological and practical training for the New Evangelization."
More information about the collaboratives is available at http://www.disciplesinmission.com.