Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester

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Diocese of Manchester
Diocensis Manchesteriensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester.svg
Location
Country United States
Territory New Hampshire
Ecclesiastical province Boston
Metropolitan Boston
Coordinates 42°59′52″N 71°27′18″W / 42.99778°N 71.45500°W / 42.99778; -71.45500Coordinates: 42°59′52″N 71°27′18″W / 42.99778°N 71.45500°W / 42.99778; -71.45500
Statistics
Area 9,305 sq mi (24,100 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
1,315,809
309,987 (23.6%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established April 15, 1884
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Joseph
Patron saint Saint Joseph
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Peter Anthony Libasci
Metropolitan Archbishop Seán Patrick O'Malley
Auxiliary Bishops Francis Joseph Christian
Emeritus Bishops Odore Joseph Gendron Bishop Emeritus (1975-1990)
John Brendan McCormack Bishop Emeritus (1998-2011)
Map
Diocese of Manchester map.png
Website
catholicnh.org

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester (Diocensis Manchesteriensis[1] in Latin) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the region of New England in the United States comprising the entire state of New Hampshire. It is located within the Province of Boston, and its bishop is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

It is led by a prelate bishop who serves as pastor of the mother church, the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Manchester. The diocese consists of approximately 280 priests, 51 deacons, and 327,600 Catholics in New Hampshire.

Pope Leo XIII erected the Diocese of Manchester by canon on April 15, 1884. Its territories were taken from the Diocese of Portland in the neighboring state of Maine.

The current bishops are:

Ordinaries[edit]

The list of bishops of the Diocese and their terms of service:

  1. Denis Mary Bradley (18 April 1884 Appointed - 13 December 1903 Died)
  2. John Bernard Delany (18 April 1904 Appointed - 11 June 1906 Died)
  3. George Albert Guertin (16 December 1906 Appointed - 6 August 1931 Died)
  4. John Bertram Peterson (13 May 1932 Appointed - 15 March 1944 Died)
  5. Matthew Francis Brady (11 November 1944 Appointed - 21 September 1959 Died)
  6. Ernest John Primeau (27 November 1959 Appointed - 30 January 1974 Resigned)
  7. Odore Joseph Gendron (12 December 1974 Appointed - 12 June 1990 Resigned)
  8. Leo Edward O'Neil (12 June 1990 Succeeded - 30 November 1997 Died)
  9. John Brendan McCormack (21 July 1998 Appointed - 19 September 2011 Resigned)
  10. Peter Anthony Libasci (19 September 2011 Appointed - present )

Parishes[edit]

Offices of the Diocese of Manchester

Education[edit]

Superintendents[edit]

  • Wilfred J. Lessard (c. 1926)
  • Rev. William Collins (1940–1948
  • Msgr. George Murray (1960-1972)
  • Rev. Joseph P. Duffy (1972–1975)
  • Msgr. Thomas S. Hansberry (1975–1976) Interim
  • Rev. George J. Soberick (1976–1981)
  • Br. Roger Lemoyne, SC (1981–1990)
  • Br. Joachim Froehlich, OSB (1990–1991)
  • Rev. William T. Garland, OSA (1991–1996)
  • Ms. Mary Moran (2006–2012)
  • Rev. Dennis J. Audet (2012–2013) Interim
  • Rev. John R. Fortin, OSB (2013–present)

High schools[edit]

  • Bishop Brady High School, Concord
  • Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua
  • Holy Family Academy*, Manchester
  • Immaculate Conception Apostolic School*, Center Harbor
  • Mount Royal Academy, Sunapee
  • St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Dover
  • Trinity High School, Manchester

Colleges[edit]

* Schools operated independent of the Diocese

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diocese of Manchester". Catholic-Hierarchy. 20 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Parishes". Diocese of Manchester. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 

External links[edit]