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BBC Names Erin McKenney “Top 100 Women of 2016”

Erin McKenney, a parishioner at St. Jude’s in Londonderry, has been named one of “100 Women of 2016” by the British Broadcasting Corporation, joining luminaries including singer Alicia Keyes and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles on a list that includes activists, entrepreneurs, scientists, sports figures, businesswomen, fashion icons and artists from all corners of the world.

This recognition comes after Erin created a year-long science curriculum centered around hands-on-activities and mentorship, designed to boost the self-confidence of girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM or any other field they want to.

In 2015 Bishop Libasci presented Erin with the St. Timothy Award for her outstanding work in youth ministry. Erin is a longtime member of Girls Scouts of America, and earned the Girl Scout Gold Award last year for her dedicated work with mentoring young women. She is a freshman at Lafayette College and plans to major in anthropology and sociology, as well as psychology.

To view Erin’s projects and see some of her work, visit her cause page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curiositygirlsscience/

World Youth Day NH

Each year the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry provides awards as a service to the dioceses to help promote and advocate for youth ministry leadership. The purpose of the awards is to recognize adults and youth who have contributed consistently and creatively on the parish/school and diocesan level.

On Sunday, October 23, Bishop Libasci honored 8 young adults with the St. Timothy Award and 6 adults with the Companions on the Journey Award.

The St. Timothy Award recognizes junior or senior high school students who lives as a disciple of Christ, witnesses to their faith by exhibiting Catholic morals and integrity, and demonstrates Gospel values through service to others.

The Companions on the Journey Award recognizes adults who demonstrate excellence in youth ministry, commitment to ongoing education and formation, longevity in ministry, commitment to young people, and outstanding leadership at the local and/or diocesan level.


St. Timothy Award

  • Rachel Bittman
  • Abby Dupuis
  • Jessica Georato
  • Colleen McDonough
  • Aleksandra Moskal
  • Elizabeth Nix
  • Nicole Orozco
  • Alice Sperry

Companions on the Journey Award

  • Raymond Bilodeau
  • Daniel Kiestlinger (“Coach K”)
  • Gretchen Lord
  • Robert McDonough
  • Irvin Monroy
  • Renee Portu

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NET Ministries/Retreats 

For the last several years we have welcomed NET Ministries to New Hampshire. The NET Team presents retreats to youth in grades 7-12 at parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Manchester.

Themes include:

  • Life to the Full
  • You Will Receive Power (for Confirmation Retreats)
  • Reality Check
  • Why Catholic
  • Strength & Beauty (a retreat for young men and women
  • Anchored in Hope

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact:
Kelly L. Goudreau
Director of Parish Faith Formation
(603) 663-0145

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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