66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184-3839
Snow Phone Line – (617) 746-5991
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It is the goal of the Pastoral Center to remain open during inclement weather unless travel conditions make it hazardous to get to work. In the event the offices are closed or there is a delay in opening, an announcement will be sent out via the IRIS system. In addition, notice will be recorded on the Snow Phone Line – NEW! (617) 746‐5991 – no later than 6:00 am.
Last updated: 1/5/11
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people have questions about the Archdiocese of Boston. Below are some of the more frequently asked questions that are received.
Where is the Archdiocese located?The heart of the Archdiocese is the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End of Boston. This is also where the Cardinal Archbishop resides and maintains an office. The Pastoral Center, which houses central administration, is located in Braintree, MA thanks to the generosity of the late Tom Flatley who helped make possible a 140,000 square foot office building just off of Route 128. This has allowed the Archdiocese to bring various departments and ministries stretched across five locations into one building to better serve parishes, schools, and our social service ministries.
What makes up the Archdiocese of Boston?Our parishes, schools, and social service ministries are all important and vital elements of the Archdiocese of Boston. Besides those ministries and departments that directly support the good works of the Church, there are nearly 40 related Catholic entities, which also serve the local Catholic community. But it is our people, our clergy, religious, deacons, and lay members, working together in a shared commitment to follow Jesus Christ that defines who and what we are as a Catholic community.
What offices are located in The Pastoral Center in Braintree?The Pastoral Center provides a central location for approximately 225 employees and a number of offices that includes the Cardinal, Vicar General, Chancellor, Education, Development, Parish Life and Leadership, Finance, Legal, Real Estate, Parish Services, Metropolitan Tribunal, The Pilot, and Communications among others. The heart of the Pastoral Center is the Bethany Chapel, which is located on the first floor. The Cardinal chose to name the chapel after Bethany, a village less than two miles from Jerusalem. In reflecting on the naming of the Bethany Chapel, Cardinal Seán notes that, “It was in Bethany that the Lord chose to spend time with his closest friends, most notably Martha and Mary, and their brother, Lazarus. Martha invites her sister, Mary, to sit and listen to the Lord, saying, “The teacher is here, and He is calling you.” This phrase, in Latin, is inscribed over the Altar of our new chapel, inviting us all to sit and listen to the words of the Teacher. We hear Him speak through the Scriptures, and we are strengthened by the Eucharist to live His commands, obedient to His teaching.”
Where can I learn more about the Archdiocese of Boston?Visiting our homepage ( www.bostoncatholic.org ) is a great way to learn more about the Archdiocese, its parishes and its people. We also offer Catholics an opportunity to discover their faith through CatholicTV and its exciting and wide-ranging programming featuring most prominently the Daily Mass. Please visit www.catholictv.com to learn more. The Archdiocese also publishes the oldest Catholic newspaper in the country, The Pilot, in a new and easier to read format as well as online at www.thebostonpilot.com. Cardinal Seán publishes a weekly blog recapping his week serving the Catholic community as Archbishop ( www.cardinalseansblog.org ). In addition, people are encouraged to sign up for delivery of the Cardinal’s weekly email in an effort to increase communication and connection among Catholics across the Archdiocese (you can sign up by visiting www.bostoncatholic.org ).
Who makes up the leadership of the Archdiocese?The Cardinal Archbishop leads the Archdiocese of Boston. The Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, the Chancellor, and the Cabinet all assist the Cardinal Archbishop in implementing his vision for the Archdiocese. This group, working in cooperation with clergy, religious, deacons, laity, parishes and schools all contribute to advancing the good works of the Church.