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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 sixth annual collection for this fund and, despite an ongoing difficult economy, parishioners gave generously, with gifts totaling more than $262,000. The need continues this year. Currently we have 56 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.

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A Chance to Give Back

September 27-28, 2014

Now you can give to the Retired Priests Trust Fund online. Click on the Donate button above to make your fast, safe, online donation. You may also use the envelope in this brochure or your parish envelope for the diocesan Priests Retirement Trust Fund collection. One easy way to contribute a continuing pledged gift is with your credit card. You can drop the envelope into the collection on September 27 and 28 or you can mail it 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.

Msgr. Daniel Lamothe

Going Beyond Church Doors

When Monsignor Daniel Lamothe was ordained in 1962, he was “very, very, very happy about being a priest.” For him there was more to being a priest than administering the sacraments. “In every community I lived in,” he said, “I tried to do something for the community.” Father Lamothe spent 51 years as a pastor in New Hampshire and it is likely that you or someone you know has been touched by his efforts.

As a young priest in Berlin, he established the Holiday Center for senior citizens. It was one of the first of its kind in the state and it is still serving northern New Hampshire’s elder population. After Berlin, he was pastor in Hanover where he saw a need for a place for patients and their families, many of whom could not afford hotels, to stay while undergoing cancer treatment at area hospitals. The Upper Valley Hostel is still serving the people of that region. In Franklin, Father Lamothe established a center for the Visiting Nurse Association so it could better meet the needs of the people in that community. From there, he was sent to Dover where he established a homeless shelter with funding from the community, other church groups, and the state. It is still going as well.

Father Lamothe’s service went beyond meeting the basic needs of the people. As a priest in Dover he saw the need for someone to serve the growing Hispanic community, so he learned Spanish and was able to say Mass for them. “I enjoyed reaching out to them. They were people filled with faith and they needed to have their liturgy.” When he was sent to Salem, he learned enough Korean to say Mass for his Korean parishioners. “I did that for five years, in addition to serving the English-speaking community and having a parish school. I was able to do it because the Lord helped me to reach out.”

In his half century as a pastor in New Hampshire, Father Lamothe had many newly ordained priests working with him. “I tried to get them interested in reaching out to the community also. To visit the nursing homes and the House of Corrections and to get involved with immigrants, refugees and programs like the Food Bank or the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund. It’s very important to go beyond the church doors.”

Father Lamothe has been retired for about a year but still spends his weekends saying Mass, celebrating weddings and even a Quinceañera, on both sides of Mount Monadnock. He still visits the infirm and the imprisoned and most days enjoys time in God’s nature. “There is a certain common denominator to my priesthood,” he reflects, “and that has been the desire to reach out.”

Retired Priests Supported by this Fund

Rev. Marcel Allard Rev. Paul Gregoire
Rev. Gerald Auger Rev. Patrick Irwin
Rev. A. Albert Bellefeuille Rev. Thomas Keenan
Rev. Florent Bilodeau Rev. Edward Kelley
Rev. Roger Bilodeau Rev. Francis Kelso
Rev. Roland Blais Rev. Joseph Klatka
Msgr. Raymond Blair Rev. Maurice Lacroix
Rev. Robert Boisvert Rev. Donald Lafond
Rev. Gerard Boucher Msgr. Daniel Lamothe
Rev. Thomas Bresnahan Rev. Maurice Lampron
Rev. Roland Cote Rev. Robert Marchand
Rev. Emmett Coyne Most Rev. John McCormack
Msgr. Charles Crosby Rev. Paul McHugh
Rev. Wilfred Demers 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. Leonard Foisy
Rev. George Soberick
Rev. Leo Frechette
Rev. Richard Tetu
Rev. Andre Gagnon
Rev. Andre Thibodeau
Rev. Leo Gagnon
Rev. Richard Vickery
Most Rev. Odore Gendron Rev. James Walsh
Msgr. Donald Gilbert Rev. Richard Wegman
Rev. Robert Goodwin 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.

Amen.

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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