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Catholic Formation Cabinet Secretary

March 8, 2023

Bishop Peter A. Libasci Appoints
Catholic Formation Cabinet Secretary

MANCHESTER, NH – Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester, the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, has appointed Gloria F. Zapiain as Cabinet Secretary for Catholic Formation. Zapiain supervises and directs all Catholic Formation ministries statewide, including adult faith formation, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), family and respect life ministries, young adult ministry, parish pastoral ministry, parish faith formation, youth ministry, college campus ministry, Catholic lay movements, Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), and Catholic Scouting. She also serves as a liaison to the Catholic home school community.

Zapiain’s career experience includes national, diocesan, and parish level leadership positions in adult religious education and pastoral programming development and implementation. She most recently served as the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas. Since 1996, Zapiain has served as a Catechetics instructor at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

“Gloria Zapiain brings a diverse set of talents and extensive expertise in catechesis to the Diocese of Manchester,” said Bishop Libasci. “All this, combined with her commitment to her faith, make her a vital contributor to the advancement of Catholic adult faith formation in the State of New Hampshire.”

Zapiain holds a degree in STL Studies from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., an M.A. in Religious Studies & Pontifical Catechetical Diploma from the Notre Dame Apostolic Institute in Arlington, VA, and a B.A. in History from Christendom College. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of nearly 210,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview.