Rev. Richard P. Tetu Called to His Rest
On Sunday, October 13, 2019 the Reverend Richard P. Tetu was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord. He was 75 years old.
Father Tetu was born on March 24, 1944 in Manchester, New Hampshire and was ordained a priest on May 17, 1969 by the Most Reverend Ernest J. Primeau, S.T.D., at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Father Tetu studied at Saint Anselm College, and then he completed his ecclesiastical studies at the Seminary of St. Charles Borromeo, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada and Our Lady of Angels Seminary, Albany, NY.
Father Tetu named associate pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Rochester and he served as Administrator in the following parishes: St. Joseph Parish, Laconia, St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Tilton; St. Agnes Parish, Ashland; St. John the Baptist Parish, Manchester; St. Anthony Parish of Padua, Manchester; St. Peter Parish, Farmington; St. Mary Parish, Hillsboro; St. Matthew Parish, Windham; Parish of the Resurrection, Nashua; St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Litchfield; St. Joseph Parish, Claremont; St. Mary Parish, Rollinsford, St. Martin Parish, Somersworth; St. Joseph Parish, Epping; Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Merrimack; Blessed John XXIII Parish, Nashua.
Father Tetu was named pastor of St. Peter Parish in Walpole in June 1992. He also served as Director of Christian Life Centers in Berlin, Keene and Laconia. He served as Chaplain to the Laconia State School, St. Charles Home in Rochester, Trinity High School, Manchester and the Youth Development Center in Manchester. Father Tetu also served as part-time Campus Minister to Trinity High School and Bishop Brady High School. He also studied for and received several degrees in Canon Law including a Licentiate in Canon Law and then served as Associate Judicial Vicar and Judge of the Diocesan Tribunal Office.
During his retirement, Father Tetu remained actively engaged in parish ministry.
Father Tetu will lie in repose on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Saint Joseph Cathedral, 145 Lowell Street, Manchester, N.H. from 9:00 a.m. till 9:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00a.m. The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, will preside. The Rite of Committal will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in, Manchester, New Hampshire. The J. N. Boufford & Sons Funeral Home at 110 Bridge Street in Manchester, New Hampshire has care of the arrangements.