Several Catholic churches in the South Shore have been placed under the direction of new leadership, with the appointment of several pastors to newly established collaboratives.
The collaboratives will not consolidate any churches or mean any parish closings, but rather offer an oversight role to a group of parishes, allowing priests within each parish to better do their jobs.
“We are blessed by the dedication of the priests, parishioners and the deacons and religious who are working together to strengthen our parishes,” said Cardinal Seán O’Malley in a release. “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.”
In Quincy, the Reverend Louis R. Palmieri will lead Sacred Heart, St. Ann, and St. Mary parishes. Milton’s St. Agatha will be under the direction of the Reverend Brian R. Kiely. The Reverend Christopher J. Hickey will lead Hanover and Norwell parishes St. Mary and St. Helen. In Braintree, the Reverend Paul T. Clifford will oversee St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare.
Additionally, in Abington, Rev. James M. Mahoney will lead St. Bridget and Holy Ghost. Stoughton’s Immaculate Conception and St. James will be overseen by the Reverend Joseph M. Mazzone.
Part of the second phase of a “Disciples in Mission” plan, the 21 appointments mean the creation of 33 total collaboratives within the region, which include 72 parishes.
The plan will eventually group all parishes into approximately 135 collaboratives over the course of five years.