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Paul Harrington, Director Secretary of Real Estate, to Retire

Paul Harrington, who has served the Catholic Church in New Hampshire so faithfully and well for the past 19 years, has announced his intention to retire as Director Secretary of Real Estate, effective December 31, 2017. 

For almost two decades, Paul has provided support, guidance, and counsel to the Bishop of Manchester, pastors, principals, Catholic Charities, and other Catholic agencies on matters involving real estate and building construction, renovation, and repairs. As the Bishop of Manchester’s representative on real estate matters, he has travelled throughout the State of New Hampshire, visiting parishes and schools, attending planning, zoning board, and parish council meetings, visiting with municipal officials, and meeting with construction firms. Paul is an extremely dedicated and hard worker who is universally well-liked and admired.

While his accomplishments are many, his deep love for the Church and for his family serves as an inspiration for us all. He preaches the Gospel by living it.  He treats all others with patience, dignity, and respect, and generously and selflessly serves his community through his involvement in many Church and community organizations, including the Manchester Fire Commission, CASA of New Hampshire, the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund, and his parish, St. Elizabeth Seton in Bedford. His greatest joy is spending time with his wife, children, and grand-children, all of whom are a source of his greatest pride.

We are deeply grateful to Paul for his service to the Church, and we wish him and his wife Debbie good health and happiness as they enter this next chapter of their lives.

As Paul will be taking vacation time during December, his last day in the office will be on Friday, December 1.  

Farewell Sarah Jane Roth, Parable Editor

Sarah Jane (von Haack) Roth, who has been at the helm of our diocesan magazine, Parable, since its inception more than ten years ago will serve her last day at the Diocese of Manchester on Thursday, December 7.

Sarah Jane brings a rare blend of talents and skills to her job: she has both an editor’s sense of order (and deadlines) and an artist’s passionate love of beauty. Parable has benefitted greatly from her gifts throughout the years, as the many Catholic Press Association awards that decorated her office walls would attest. Her enthusiasm, ready sense of humor, and her manifest love of Christ and His Church will be sorely missed.

Sarah Jane is leaving us for among the best of all possible reasons—recently married, she is moving to Pennsylvania along with her husband. We wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavors.