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Notification of Dismissal from the Clerical State of Philip Petit

November 6, 2018


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Notification of Dismissal from the Clerical State: Philip A. Petit

(MANCHESTER) - On August 29, 2018, after having received a mandate from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishop Peter A. Libasci decreed and declared Philip A. Petit dismissed from the clerical state and dispensed him from all obligations subsequent to sacred ordination. Mr. Petit’s dismissal follows credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors and misconduct involving adults. By virtue of this decree, Mr. Petit has no faculties to act, function, or present himself as a priest.

Mr. Petit was ordained on April 26, 1980 and was assigned to St. Theresa Parish in Manchester, St. Joseph Parish in Dover, Guardian Angel Parish in Berlin, Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Merrimack, St. Aloysius Parish in Nashua, Holy Angels Parish in Plaistow, and Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth. Mr. Petit was removed from ministry in 1986 and has had no permission to function as a priest since that time.

We encourage anyone with information pertaining to sexual abuse in the Church to report the information to law enforcement. For information about how to report abuse, harassment, or exploitation to the Church, to request counseling assistance and other services of the Office for Healing and Pastoral Care, or to learn more about how the Diocese of Manchester works to create a safe environment in all of our ministries, visit: www.catholicnh.org/safety.

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