Journey of a Thousand Miles
By Mark Kelly, Parable Intern
It takes a good deal of courage to leave a region of the country one called home for many years and embark on a journey a couple of thousand miles away. The Diocese of Manchester is blessed to welcome one such individual.
This past December, Mac Bryant moved from his home in Denver, Colo., to New Hampshire to begin work as the diocese’s new Finance Officer/Secretary for Temporalities. Born and raised Catholic in Southern California, Mac attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He subsequently worked for Deloitte & Touche, LLP, obtained his CPA license, and worked for other Fortune 500 companies before he and his wife moved to Colorado in 1998, where he worked for Ernst & Young, LLP, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and then for the Archdiocese of Denver for almost 12 years.
While at the Archdiocese of Denver, Mac built the Office of Parish Review and Advisory Services, where he led a team of five personnel dedicated full time to “assisting parishes with everything, particularly financial procedures and planning.” In addition to working for the Archdiocese of Denver, Mac was involved in multiple philanthropic organizations, including as the President of the Sister Kathleen Mission, which provided direct relief to and fostered self-help programs primarily in Africa and India. He also served as an active board member of a clinic for nine years, as a church lector and a member of various professional organizations.
Mac says that he is always trying to discern God’s will and plan for his life. After seeing the posting for the position at the Diocese of Manchester and contemplating the prospect along with his family, he says he “felt like God was calling me to the Diocese of Manchester.” After making his way through a rigorous application process Mac accepted an offer from the Diocese. The Bryants sold their home and one of their cars, packed up the family of six, and drove east to New Hampshire.
“We travelled around 2,400 miles altogether and some of it through a snow storm in the middle of December. When we arrived the night of Dec. 14, I found that my suits were pressed and frozen in the pop-up camper we were towing. I defrosted the suits, put one on, and went to work the next day, walking right into my first Diocesan Finance Council meeting,” he recalls with a laugh. Since then, Mac has settled in and successfully obtained his CPA license in New Hampshire.
Mac now lives with his wife and four daughters in Goffstown. He and his family attend St. Stanislaus Parish in Nashua. Outside his work, he loves spending time with his family, primarily on outings, such as camping. “I didn’t like it as a kid, but when you get a family, you cherish those moments: building a fire and telling stories.”
Mac says that he feels truly blessed to be part of the Diocese of Manchester. “In my role here, I work with parishes, schools and cemeteries. I look forward to working with other ecclesiastical organizations to carry out the bishop’s mission to promote a thriving, vibrant Catholic community.”