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.
Parish priests generally retire sometime after 70 and often decide to live independently in retirement. Though retired, many senior priests continue to celebrate Mass and support parish life. The Priests Retirement Trust Fund provides a monthly stipend and benefits. For most priests this stipend is one of 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.
Last year was the fourth annual collection for this fund and, despite an ongoing difficult economy, parishioners gave generously, with total gifts of more than $260,000. The need continues this year. 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 through pledged or planned giving.
Please use the envelope from 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 22 and 23 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 email@example.com.
Msgr. Wilfrid Paradis was a young priest serving as a high school teacher in 1960 when he got a call from the new Bishop of Manchester, the Most Reverend Ernest Primeau. Would Father Paradis please come by the Bishop’s Office at his earliest convenience? When the two men finally met, what Bishop Primeau had to say left Father Paradis speechless. Bishop Primeau had been appointed to serve on a commission for the approaching Second Vatican Council. He wanted Wilfrid Paradis to come with him as his personal secretary.
The Second Vatican Council itself would come to be an enormous event in modern Church history, only the second such gathering of Church leaders in nearly 500 years. To be invited to participate was the chance of a lifetime. It would take years of preparation, and Father Paradis knew the work Bishop Primeau contributed to his commission would echo through history. At the end of that meeting, Father Paradis knelt in prayer in the bishop’s chapel. His life would never be the same.
The years that Msgr. Wilfrid Paradis spent at Vatican II would not only influence his life, but the life of the Universal Church. As he notes in a reflection on his experience, “the Church was in need of essential changes to speak to the people of the modern world. Society had been evolving rapidly … There was considerable ‘catching up’ to do relevant to the world without violating the basics of the faith.”
Vatican II would go on to revolutionize many aspects of daily Catholic life that had gone undisturbed for centuries. Following the Council, Mass was permitted to be said in the vernacular, priests faced their congregations, and lay people became more involved with their faith and their parishes.
“At the end of the Council in 1965,” Msgr. Paradis writes, “as we sat in the crisp, fall weather of a sunny day in Saint Peter Square, none of us could have foreseen the truly overwhelming changes that had taken place.”
Msgr. Paradis would return to New Hampshire for decades of faithful service. He retired in 1987, but remained active, publishing a history of Catholicism in the Granite State called Upon This Granite in 1998. To read from the history, CLICK HERE. You can read more about Msgr. Wilfrid Paradis and his life in the November issue of Parable Magazine.
|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
|Msgr. Raymond Blair||Rev. Joseph Klatka
|Rev. Roland Blais||Rev. Maurice Lacroix
|Rev. Robert Boisvert||Rev. Donald Lafond
|Rev. Gerard Boucher||Rev. Maurice Lampron
|Rev. Thomas Bresnahan||Rev. Robert Marchand
|Rev. Roland Cote||Msgr. James Markham
|Rev. Emmett Coyne||Most Rev. John McCormack
|Msgr. Charles Crosby||Rev. Paul McHugh
|Rev. Wilfred Demers||Rev. Humbert Oliveira
|Rev. George Desjardins||Msgr. Wilfrid Paradis|
|Rev. Charles DesRuisseaux||Rev. Stanley Piwowar
|Rev. Anthony Di Russo||Rev. Victor Polito
|Rev. C. Peter Dumont||Rev. Mark Rundzio
|Rev. Gerald Dunn||Rev. Daniel St. Laurent
|Rev. John Finnigan
||Rev. Thomas Savage
|Rev. Leonard Foisy
||Rev. Norman Simoneau
|Rev. Leo Frechette
||Rev. Richard Smith
|Rev. Andre Gagnon
||Rev. George Soberick
|Rev. Leo Gagnon
||Rev. Daniel Szopa
|Most Rev. Odore Gendron
||Rev. Andre Thibodeau
|Msgr. Donald Gilbert
||Rev. Richard Vickery
|Rev. Richard Giroux
||Rev. James Walsh
|Rev. Cornelius Goggin
||Rev. Richard Wegman|
|Rev. Robert Goodwin
||Rev. John Wright|
Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
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