The Vicar for Clergy of the diocese is Rev. Richard Thompson.
The Vicar for Clergy is to provide ministry to and care for all diocesan priests and permanent deacons: active, inactive, sick and on leave. As such, he is to keep the bishop informed about his ministry with them and is directly accountable to the bishop.
The Vicar also oversees priests assigned to institutional ministries in hospitals and nursing homes. In addition, he also supervises the Director of Hispanic Ministries and oversees priests and deacons assigned to various multicultural ministries, e.g., Hispanic, Vietnamese and Brazilian.
He is to be proactive by developing and maintaining a supportive relationship with all priests and deacons of the Diocese and by being concerned with their overall welfare. When a priest or deacon is having personal concerns in his ministry, family, illness, professional issues or other personal matters, the Vicar for Clergy is to be available for assistance.
As Coordinator for Institutional Ministries, Rev. Jeffrey P. Statz maintains an ongoing relationship with priests, deacons or religious who are assigned to and serve institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes and prisons. He oversees their ministry and assists them with their concerns and needs. The Coordinator is directly responsible to the Vicar for Clergy and keeps him informed with regards to these ministries.
Rev. Msgr. Charles E. DesRuisseaux is the coordinator for retired priests and maintains a relationship with all retired priests, ensuring their physical, spiritual and social well being. The Coordinator is directly responsible to the vicar for clergy and will keep him informed on a regular basis of any concerns or needs.
As Liaison for Women Religious, Sr. Kelly Connors, pm, JCD, assists the Bishop in his supervision of the women religious living and/or assigned in the diocese. She provides ministry to and care for all women religious, active and retired, and is concerned with their overall welfare. In addition, the Liaison collaborates with the Vicar for Clergy in communicating with the Major Superiors and Provincials and is available to meet with individual women religious upon request.
For more information, please contact:
Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
Fax: (603) 669-0377
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