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Presbyteral Council

The Presbyteral Council is the principal consultative body mandated by canon law to advise the diocesan bishop in matters of pastoral governance. The Council aids the bishop in the fulfillment of his pastoral ministry by meeting regularly to discuss issues and offering their counsel to the bishop.


Very Rev. Richard H. Dion, V.F. - Chairman
Very Rev. Marc R. Gagne, V.F. - Vice-Chariman
Rev. David L. Kneeland - Secretary
Ex officio members  
Most Rev. Francis J. Christian, D.D. Auxiliary Bishop & Vicar General
Very Rev. Georges de Laire, J.C.L. Vicar for Canonical Affairs
Very Rev. Michael Ciccone, O.P.

Vicar for Clergy and Formation of Ordained Ministry

Elected members  
One year terms (2016-2017)  
Captial Deanery
Rev. Raymond J. Potvin
Seacoast Deanery Rev. Paul M. Gousse
Upper Valley Deanery Very Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, V.F.
Two year terms (2106-2018)  
Lakes Region Deanery Rev. Robert F. Cole
Rockingham Deanery
Very Rev. Marc R. Gagne, V.F.
White Mountain Deanery
Rev. David L. Kneeland
Three year terms (2016-2019)
Amoskeag Deanery
Very Rev. Richard H, Dion, V.F.
Mondadnock Deanery Rev. Steven M. Kucharski
Souhegan Deanery Rev. Ray J. Labrie
Retired Priests Rev. C. Peter Dumont
Non-Incardinated Priests Rev. John Bucchino, OFM
Appointed member  
Rev. Jason Y. Jalbert  

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

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Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
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