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IFRM implementation to expand

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BRAINTREE -- Fresh off a successful pilot phase, the Archdiocese of Boston is moving towards additional implementation of a new way for parishes to financially support its central ministries.

The archdiocese recently concluded the first phase of the Improved Financial Relationship Model (IFRM) with 33 volunteer parishes and will now begin the second phase of implementation with 40 additional parishes using this new method.

Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia Father Richard Erikson said the new model resulted in a "more positive, fruitful relationship" between the archdiocese and the parishes, a simpler fundraising strategy, and relieving the parishes of the "burden of multiple fees and abatements."

He also said that the first phase of the financial model resulted in "greater unity, greater trust and greater simplicity," and that he hopes that carries into the second phase.

While Phase I was more of a pilot phase, Father Erikson said, the second phase represents additional implementation.

"Phase I was really a time of testing and also a time to work out any concerns in the model," he said. "Phase II is really moving towards full implementation."

Phase I parishes realized increased offertory and grand annual incomes, as well as increased rebates for exceeding their Catholic Appeal assessment, according to the archdiocese.

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