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Bishop Libasci Announces Annual Red Mass

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

Bishop Libasci Announces Annual Red Mass

Diane Murphy Quinlan, Esq., to be honored
with 2019 Saint Thomas More Award

(MANCHESTER, NH) The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, invites people of all faith traditions to join him for the celebration of the annual Red Mass on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 5:15 p.m. at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester.

Each year, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester invites women and men associated with the study and administration of justice in New Hampshire to the Red Mass. This annual event is an opportunity for the judicial, legal, and legislative communities to gather with those who administer law in the Church for an evening of prayer for strength and guidance in their work.

Immediately following the Red Mass, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New Hampshire will host a reception in Bishop Bradley Hall, located on the lower level of the Cathedral. During the reception, the Guild will honor Attorney Diane Murphy Quinlan with the 2019 Saint Thomas More Award. This award is presented by the Guild to a lawyer or judge who is a practicing Catholic and who embodies the spirit of Saint Thomas More in his or her courage, dedication, integrity, civility, and compassion toward others. There is no charge for the reception, but those planning to attend the reception are asked to RSVP at 2019-RedMass.eventbrite.com.

Diane Murphy Quinlan is the Assistant Director of Charitable Trusts for the New Hampshire Department of Justice. Previously, Quinlan worked at the Diocese of Manchester for 17 years. Quinlan joined the diocesan staff in 2002 and served as vice chancellor. In 2004, Bishop John B. McCormack appointed her chancellor, making her the first layperson to hold that position in the Manchester diocese and one of a few lay chancellors in the country at that time.

She was instrumental in addressing the clergy sexual abuse crisis and created policies and programs to prevent further abuse, including training programs for hundreds of Church staff and volunteers.

Prior to her work with the Diocese, Quinlan practiced law at Conley, Haley & O’Neill in Bath, Maine and Rath, Young, Pignatelli & Oyer in Concord before she joined the Manchester law firm of Devine, Millimet & Branch in 1995, where she specialized in labor and employment law.

Pope Benedict XVI awarded Quinlan the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal in 2011 for her service to the Church. She also was the recipient of the NH Bar Foundation’s 1998 Robert E. Kirby Award.

Prior to the Red Mass, the Catholic Lawyers Guild will host a continuing legal education event on Catholic Perspectives on End-of-Life Decisions. The presenters will be Marc Guillemette, the Director of the Office of Catholic Identity at Catholic Medical Center, and Attorney Anu Mullikin of Devine Millimet. This CLE will run from 3:30-5:00 PM at the NH Institute of Art next to the Cathedral (148 Concord St., Manchester) and is open free of charge to all NH attorneys. Attendees are asked to RSVP at 2019-RedMass.eventbrite.com.

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of nearly 235,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview.