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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

On the weekend of September 24-25, the Diocese of Manchester will take up the annual special collection for the Retired Priests Fund. We currently have 46 retired priests, many of whom continue to serve our diocese by assisting in parishes and institutions, as their age and health allows.

The parish priest is a part of every Catholic family. They are the ones who have witnessed our marriages, baptized our children, and come to the bedside of the sick and dying at all hours of the day and night. They are the ones who have forgiven our sins, challenged us to live the Gospel, and stood at the altar every Sunday to bring us closer to our Lord. They were there for us!

This weekend we ask you please to be there for them. While priests contribute to their own retirement and Social Security, please keep in mind that their salaries are modest. Our priests have given their lives to our Lord and our communities, and a contribution to the Retired Priests Fund is a very real and practical way to assist in the dignity of their retirement and to honor their lives of service.

The diocese is committed to caring for our retired priests, but we need your help to do so. I thank you for your past generosity in support of the Retired Priests Fund, and I ask you to prayerfully consider a gift to this special collection again this year. I also ask that you join with me in sharing your heartfelt thanks for our retired priests’ lives of service and devotion. Please pray for them, and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci

Bishop of Manchester

Being There for Us

From our introduction to the Church in Baptism to commending our souls to God, our parish priests have blessed our lives and our families. In times of joy and sorrow, our parish priest stood as a sign of God’s love and the symbol of the Catholic community that we share. Many of these men have been there for us for more than 40 years.

Today's Challenge

After serving for many years, a priest can seek retirement around the age of 70. Even in retirement, however, many priests continue to assist in our parishes by celebrating Mass and helping out our pastors. To recognize and honor their life’s commitment, the Church in New Hampshire has the Priests Retirement Trust Fund which provides health insurance as well as a modest monthly stipend for our retired priests. For some, this stipend is their primary means of support. This fund enables our retired priests to be assured that they can continue to lead a life of dignity. We need your help today.

Your Support Makes a Difference

Last year was the eighth annual collection for this fund and parishioners gave generously, with gifts totaling more than $301,393. The need continues this year. Currently we have 46 priests who are supported by this fund. When you contribute to the Priests Retirement Trust Fund, your gift will go toward helping current retired priests as well as making sure we can provide for priests who will be retiring in the years to come. We also ask you to prayerfully consider giving more than a one-time offering through planned giving.

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A Chance to Give Back

September 24-25, 2016

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 from your parrish or use 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 or through your parish’s electronic giving program. You can drop the envelope into the collection on September 24 and 25 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 Patrick McGee at 603-669-3100 or pmcgee@rcbm.org.

Retired Priests Supported by this Fund

Rev. Marcel Allard Rev. Paul Gregoire
Rev. Gerald Auger Rev. John Healey
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
Rev. George Desjardins Rev. Humbert Oliveira
Msgr. Charles DesRuisseaux Rev. Stanley Piwowar
Rev. Gerard Dion Rev. Victor Polito
Rev. Anthony Di Russo Rev. Mark Rundzio
Rev. C. Peter Dumont Rev. Daniel St. Laurent
Rev. Gerald Dunn
Rev. Eusebio Silva
Rev. John Finnigan Rev. Norman Simoneau
Rev. Leo Frechette Rev. Richard Smith
Rev. Donald Gauthier
Rev. George Soberick
Most Rev. Odore Gendron Rev. Richard Tetu
Msgr. Donald Gilbert
Rev. Richard Wegman
Rev. Robert Goodwin
Rev. John Wright

Prayer for Priests

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

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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