Faith Formation and Missionary Discipleship for Ethnic Communities

The Faith Formation and Missionary Discipleship for Ethnic Communities team works within the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support in service of our Ethnic and Cultural Communities. 

The team supports any parish or institution of the Archdiocese of Boston in need of assistance with understanding evangelization and faith formation concepts and implementing best practices for cultural groups and communities.

The main focus of this team is: 

  1. To serve parishes in collaboratives with ethnic/cultural communities as part of the implementation of Disciples in Mission, the pastoral plan for the Archdiocese
  2. Provide support to ethnic/cultural apostolates, pastors, parishes, schools, and catechetical leaders related to ethnic/cultural faith formation for children, youth, young adults, and adults. 
  3. Be a resource for parishes, archdiocesan agencies, ethnic/cultural apostolates and the communities themselves for education and communication in fostering integration of the various cultures and faith expressions into the Church of Boston. 
  4. Assist in providing and forming priests to celebrate masses in different languages throughout parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston. 

Our team offers evangelization and faith formation workshops, consultation, retreats, and training, to parishes, schools, and apostolates with Ethnic/Cultural communities throughout the Archdiocese of Boston. We also work closely with different ethnic/cultural Apostolates to assure that all communities are receiving the care and resources in accordance with their language and culture.   

For a list of all of the different apostolates and parish location for masses celebrated in each of the different 21 languages, please click here.

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Ministry Team 

Patrick Krisak 
Director, Faith Formation and Missionary Discipleship

Sr. Elsa Narvaez, HMSP
Evangelization Consultant, Ethnic Communities

Jamille Pandolfo
Evangelization Consultant, Ethnic Communities

Lorna DesRoses
Evangelization Consultant, Black Catholics

Fr. Michael Harrington