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Decrees Related to the Erection, Suppression, or Alteration of a Parish

A decree regarding the erection, suppression or alteration of a parish articulates an administrative act made by the diocesan bishop. In a decree, the diocesan bishop expresses a decision or provision made for a particular case according to the norm of church law.

Guidelines for those who wish to seek recourse regarding such a decree are available in English or Spanish.


Loss of Blessing and Relegation to Profane Use of Sacred Heart Church, Wilton 04.24.17


Erection of St. Stanislaus Parish, Nashua as New Personal Parish 07.01.16

Loss of Blessing and Relegation to Profane Use of Sacred Heart Church, Concord 06.30.16


Altering the Name of Blessed John XXIII Parish to Saint John XXIII Parish 04.30.14


Loss of Blessing and Relegation to Profane Use of Saint Helena Church, Weirs Beach 09.30.13

Unification of Sacred Heart Parish, Wilton into Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Greenville 06.30.13

Merger of St. Paul Parish, Franklin and St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Tilton 06.30.13


Merger of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Sacred Heart Parish, and St. Peter Parish, Concord 06.26.11


Merger of St. Bernard Parish, Keene and St. Margaret Mary Parish, Keene 09.26.10

Merger of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish, Salem and St. Joseph Parish, Salem 07.04.10

Merger of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Lakeport, Sacred Heart Parish, and St. Joseph Parish, Laconia 06.27.10

Unification of St. Paul Parish, Candia with St. Peter Parish, Auburn 06.26.10

Unification of Immaculate Conception Parish, Troy with St. Bernard Parish, Keene 01.02.10


Merger of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, St. Joseph Parish, and St. Mary Parish in Dover 07.04.09

Merger of All Saints Parish, Lancaster and St. Matthew Parish, Whitefield 07.04.09

Merger of Holy Trinity Parish and St. Martin Parish, Somersworth 04.25.09


Twinning of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish and St. Joseph Parish, Salem 09.27.08

Twinning of All Saints, Lancaster and Saint Matthew, Whitefield 09.20.08

Twinning of St. John the Baptist, Suncook and Holy Rosary, Hooksett 05.10.08


Merger of St. Albert, West Stewartstown and St. Brendan, Colebrook 10.06.07

Merger of St. John the Evangelist, Hudson and Infant Jesus, Nashua 10.06.07

Merger of St. Francis Xavier, Groveton and Sacred Heart, North Stratford 10.06.07

Merger of Plaistow and Newton 06.09.07

Unification of St. Patrick with Transfiguration 06.09.07

Merger-Charlestown, N. Walpole, Walpole - 06.09.07


Merger of Ashland, Bristol, Plymouth 07.02.06

Merger of Bennington, Harrisville, Peterborough 06.25.06

Merger of Portsmouth Parishes 06.25.06

Unification of Sacred Heart, Marlborough 06.25.06

Twinning for Rollinsford & Somersworth 06.18.06

Twinning for St. Charles and St. Joseph Dover 06.18.06

Merger of Hinsdale and Winchester 06.12.06

Unification of OLPH, Manchester 04.30.06

Twinning St. Peter Auburn and St. Paul Candia 02.26.06


Unification of St. Anthony, W. Swanzey 07.11.04

Unification of St. Theresa, Manchester 07.11.04

St. Anne-St. Augustine Unification-English 4.18.04

St. Anne-St. Augustine Unification-Spanish 4.18.04