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Patrick F. McGee, Cabinet Secretary for Development and Communications, has announced his retirement from the Diocese of Manchester, effective January 20, 2017.
For over 30 years, Pat has provided strategic counsel to the Diocese in public relations, development, and marketing, designing and managing programs, campaigns, and projects, and also serving as our spokesperson. Pat began his work with the Diocese of Manchester in 1984 as a volunteer. From 1988 to 2009, he served as a consultant for the Diocese, coordinating the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund and working on numerous initiatives in development, communications, planning, and special assignments. In February 2009, he was hired as the Director of Planning and Development, and in November 2009, Bishop McCormack appointed Pat to serve as the Cabinet Secretary for Communications and Development.
Over his long tenure, Pat has demonstrated that he is a devoted and faithful servant of the Lord and His Church. Among his many achievements, Pat assisted Bishop McCormack in developing and implementing a comprehensive planning process for the Diocese and has been the driving force behind the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund, which has provided millions of dollars in grants to countless not-for-profit organizations in New Hampshire. In April 2011, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI honored Pat with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal for distinguished service to the Church.
In addition to his responsibilities in diocesan administration, Pat has been very active in community and professional organizations. He is a fellow of the Public Relations Society of America and has served as Board Chair for the Greater Manchester Family YMCA, a Trustee for the Palace Theatre, Board Chair for NH Public Radio, and as a member of many other non-profit organizations.
We are deeply grateful to Pat for his service over these past 32 years, and we wish him happiness and success as he enters this next chapter of his life.
The search process for Pat’s successor will begin in the next few weeks. In the meantime, Bishop Libasci has asked Tom Bebbington to oversee the Secretariat for Development and Communications on an interim basis.
Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
Fax: (603) 669-0377
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