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Bishop Libasci Appoints New Vicars General

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February 27, 2018

Bishop Libasci Appoints Fr. Shawn Therrien,
Fr. Jason Jalbert As New Vicars General

(MANCHESTER, NH) The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, has announced that he has appointed Very Reverend Shawn M. Therrien and Very Reverend Jason Y. Jalbert to serve as Vicars General of the Diocese of Manchester. As Vicars General, under the Church’s Code of Canon Law, Fr. Therrien and Fr. Jalbert share in the authority of the Bishop and assist the Bishop in the administration and governance of the Diocese of Manchester. Fr. Therrien and Fr. Jalbert were named to replace Bishop Francis J. Christian, who retired as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester on February 1, 2018. 

“Both Fr. Therrien and Fr. Jalbert are priests for whom I have great esteem and whose prudent judgment I trust,” said Bishop Libasci. “I am grateful to both for their willingness to help me in my ministry to the diocese.”

Fr. Shawn Therrien was ordained on June 6, 1987, and is Pastor of St. Mary Parish as well as Administrator of St. Joseph Parish, both in Claremont. A graduate of Saint Anselm College and of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, he was most recently appointed Dean of the Upper Valley Deanery in 2015, and currently serves on the diocesan Presbyteral Council and as a member of the College of Consultors. He will continue in those roles, including his parish assignments, while serving as Vicar General.

Fr. Jason Jalbert was ordained on June 7, 2003, and is Rector and Pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester as well as Administrator of St. Patrick Chapel in Hampton Beach. A graduate of St. John’s Seminary College and St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA, he also holds a master’s degree from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. He currently serves as Director of the Office of Seminary Formation and Director of the Office for Worship for the diocese, as well as Priest Secretary and Episcopal Master of Ceremonies to Bishop Libasci. He also serves on the diocesan Presbyteral Council and as a member of the College of Consultors. He will also continue in those roles, including his parish assignments, while serving as Vicar General.

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