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Our Priests. Our Turn.

The dozens of diocesan priests supported by the Priests Retirement Trust Fund have each given many years, often forty or more, in service to God and the Catholic communities of New Hampshire. The parish priest is a part of every Catholic family. They offer counsel and comfort, and they lead us in celebrating the sacraments.

The Need

Parish priests generally retire after age 70, but often continue to celebrate Mass and support parish life in their retirement. The Priests Retirement Trust Fund provides a monthly stipend and benefits. For some priests, this stipend may be their only means of support. This fund helps many of our senior priests stay active in the community. We need your help to support New Hampshire’s retired priests.

Depending on Our Generosity

Last year was the seventh annual collection for this fund and, despite an ongoing difficult economy, parishioners gave generously, with gifts totaling more than $249,000. The need continues this year. Currently we have 48 priests who are supported by this fund. When you contribute to the Priests Retirement Trust Fund, your gift will go toward helping current and future retired priests. We also ask you to prayerfully consider giving more than a one-time offering though pledged or planned giving.

Donate online: 

A Chance to Give Back

September 26-27, 2015

Now you can give to the Retired Priests Trust Fund online. Click on the Donate button above to make your fast, safe, online donation or you can mail a check directly to the Diocesan Priests Retirement Trust Fund, PO Box 310, Manchester, NH 03105-0310. Each parish will be notified of gifts made by its parishioners received directly by the Trust Fund.

For those interested in planned giving, please contact Melanie English at (603) 669-3100 or menglish@rcbm.org.

Retired Priests Supported by this Fund

Rev. Marcel Allard Rev. Robert Goodwin
Rev. Gerald Auger Rev. Paul Gregoire
Rev. Edmund Babicz
Rev. Patrick Irwin
Rev. A. Albert Bellefeuille
Rev. Edward Kelley
Rev. Roger Bilodeau Rev. Francis Kelso
Msgr. Raymond Blair Rev. Maurice Lacroix
Rev. Robert Boisvert Msgr. Daniel Lamothe
Rev. Gerard Boucher Rev. Maurice Lampron
Rev. Thomas Bresnahan Rev. Robert Marchand
Rev. Roland Cote Most Rev. John McCormack
Rev. Emmett Coyne Rev. Paul McHugh
Msgr. Charles Crosby Rev. Humbert Oliveira
Rev. George Desjardins Rev. Stanley Piwowar
Msgr. Charles DesRuisseaux Rev. Victor Polito
Rev. Gerard Dion Rev. Mark Rundzio
Rev. Anthony Di Russo Rev. Daniel St. Laurent
Rev. C. Peter Dumont
Rev. Eusebio Silva
Rev. Gerald Dunn Rev. Norman Simoneau
Rev. John Finnigan Rev. Richard Smith
Rev. Leo Frechette
Rev. George Soberick
Most Rev. Odore Gendron Rev. Richard Tetu
Msgr. Donald Gilbert
Rev. Richard Wegman

Rev. John Wright

Please join us in praying for our priests, both retired and active:

Prayer for Priests

Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.
Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Set their souls
on fire with love for your people. Grant them the wisdom,
understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps
of Jesus. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel. Allow
them to experience joy in their ministry. Help them to become
instruments of your divine grace. We ask this through Jesus
Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.


Questions about the diocesan Priests Retirement Fund? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, or write to the diocesan offices by clicking here.

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

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