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Change in Status of the Saint Benedict Center

JANUARY 8, 2019

Change in status of the Saint Benedict Center
and the “Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary”
and the Immaculate Heart of Mary School

(MANCHESTER) – The theological teachings of the Saint Benedict Center, and the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Richmond, NH, have been declared “unacceptable” by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. As a result, the Slaves, The Saint Benedict Center, The Saint Benedict Center, Inc., and the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, are placed under strict canonical prohibitions and obligations.

Under no circumstances may Catholics receive the sacraments of the Church at the Saint Benedict Center or any of its locations, nor should they participate in any activity provided by this group or school, including their summer camp.

In the past, the diocese had granted permission for a priest in good standing to offer ministry at the Saint Benedict Center, but beginning January 7, 2019, Catholic priests are under strict prohibition from celebrating the Sacraments of the Church there. Out of pastoral concern for the souls of those who work, live at, or reside near the Saint Benedict Center, the Bishop of Manchester has arranged for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Latin Mass) at Saint Stanislaus, 80 Richmond St., Winchester, NH 03470, on Sundays at 7:45am.

Further details can be found on the diocesan website at: www.catholicnh.org/sbc.

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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.