Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC)
Archdiocesan Pastoral Council
Braintree , MA 02184-3839
Secretariat: Cardinal's Office


Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap.
Office: 617-254-0100
Sr. Marian Batho
APC Coordinator
Office: 617-746-5637

Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC)


Education and Support

Education and Support for the Formation of Parish Pastoral Councils

Education in an essential ingredient for the successful establishment of a PPC and for the implementation of these guidelines. Education is necessary to promote the kind of cooperation between clergy and laity that is conducive to vital parish life. In order that a parish pastoral council promote that kind of parish life, clergy, religious and laity must have a well-grounded understanding of the nature and mission of the Church.

Education for the implementation of these guidelines should focus on the teaching of the Second Vatican Council. The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, and the Decree on the Laity are foundational documents for a proper understanding of the PPC. Seminars should also focus on the practical issues for developing and implementing a PPC. Education for PPC members should be an ongoing process which will enrich the work of these councils.

While the ongoing implementation of these guidelines is the responsibility of each parish, the Archdiocese must assist parishes in this implementation with seminars and training sessions for all who will be involved in the work of the PPC. These sessions, intended for clergy, religious and laity, will provide opportunities for spiritual renewal, understanding of the nature of the Church, and practical ways in which to organize and develop successful councils.