The Vicar for Clergy and Formation of Ordained Ministry of the diocese is Very Rev. Michael Ciccone, OP. Fr. Michael is a member of the bishop’s cabinet and ex-officio member of the Priest Personnel Board.
Very Rev. Michael Ciccone, OP is the Vicar for Clergy and Formation of Ordained Ministry and provides ministry to and care for all diocesan and religious priests; active, inactive, restricted, sick and on leave. As such he keeps the bishop informed about his ministry with them and is directly accountable to the bishop. He makes arrangements for priest weekend and holy day Mass coverage; and oversees the coordinator of international priests, the coordinator of institutional priests, and the coordinator for retired priests.
He develops and maintains a supportive relationship with all diocesan and religious priests in the diocese and is concerned with their overall welfare. When a priest experiences personal concerns in his ministry, family, illness, professional issues or other personal matters, the Vicar for Clergy and Formation of Ordained Ministry is available for assistance.
The position also is responsible for the administration, supervision, and direction of departments under the Formation of Ordained Ministry and Liturgical Worship.
Weekend Mass Coverage
When a priest will be away for a weekend or holy day because of illness, vacation, retreat or other significant reason, the vicar for clergy and formation of ordained ministry makes arrangements for coverage for those weekends and holy days. When a parish is unable to find a priest for a funeral Mass, the vicar for clergy and formation of ordained ministry will assist in finding an available priest for the funeral Mass. If a priest is unavailable, he will try to find an available permanent deacon. The vicar for clergy and formation of ordained ministry is not responsible for any regular weekday Mass coverage.
Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest (SCAP)
SCAP is not permitted unless permission is granted by the Vicar for Clergy. In a last minute emergency, if SCAP was necessary, the Vicar for Clergy must be notified as soon as possible.
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 Formation of Ordained Ministry and keeps him informed on a regular basis of any concerns or needs.
As Coordinator of International Priests, Rev. Christopher M. Martel assists new international priests with their visas to ensure they are up-to-date and works with the New Hampshire Office of Immigration for legal assistance and advice. As international priests arrive to our diocese, the Coordinator is the contact person to welcome them and assist them in settling into their residence and assignment. He regularly keeps in touch with them for their pastoral and enculturation needs. The coordinator is directly responsible to the Vicar for Clergy and Formation of Ordained Ministry. He will meet with him regularly and will keep him informed.
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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