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Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester

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.

Diocese of Manchester

Diocensis Manchesteriensis
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Cathedral of St. Joseph
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Manchester
Coat of arms
CountryUnited States
TerritoryNew Hampshire
Ecclesiastical provinceBoston
Coordinates42°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
Area9,305 sq mi (24,100 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
309,987 (23.6%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedApril 15, 1884
CathedralCathedral of Saint Joseph
Patron saintSaint Joseph
Current leadership
BishopPeter Anthony Libasci
Metropolitan ArchbishopSeán Patrick O'Malley
Bishops emeritusOdore Joseph Gendron Bishop Emeritus (1975-1990)
John Brendan McCormack Bishop Emeritus (1998-2011)
Francis Joseph Christian Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (1996-2018)
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It is a suffragan in the Latin Rite ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Boston, and its bishop is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and its Region I (provinces of Boston and Hartford).

Its leading prelate also serves as pastor of the mother church, the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Manchester.[2]


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.

Sex abuseEdit

On July 31, 2019, the Dicoese of New Hampshire released a list of 73 priests and religious order members who were "credibly accused" of committing acts of sex abuse.[3][4] Some of those listed were criminally convicted, defrocked, removed from public ministry, or died without receiving punishment.[3]


As per 2018, the diocese pastorally served 322,258 Catholics (24.3% of 1,326,813 total population) on 24,097 km² in 89 parishes with 185 priests (121 diocesan, 38 religious, 26 extern), 73 deacons, 314 lay religious (15 brothers, 299 sisters) and 14 seminarians.[2]


Peter Anthony Libasci, tenth and current Bishop of Manchester

Bishops of ManchesterEdit

  1. Denis Mary Bradley (1883-1904)
  2. John Bernard Delany (1904-1906)
  3. George Albert Guertin (1906-1931)
  4. John Bertram Peterson (1932-1944)
  5. Matthew Francis Brady (1944-1959)
  6. Ernest John Primeau (1960-1974)
  7. Odore Joseph Gendron (1974-1990)
  8. Leo Edward O'Neil (1990-1997)
  9. John Brendan McCormack (1998-2011)
  10. Peter Anthony Libasci (2011-Present)

Coadjutor BishopEdit

Auxiliary BishopsEdit

Other priest of this diocese who became bishopEdit


Offices of the Diocese of Manchester

Catholic educationEdit


  • 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, Brothers of the Sacred Heart (S.C.) (1981–1990)
  • Br. Joachim Froehlich, Order of Saint Benedict (O.S.B.) (1990–1991)
  • Rev. William T. Garland, Order of Saint Augustine (O.S.A.) (1991–1996)
  • Ms. Mary Moran (2006–2012)
  • Rev. Dennis J. Audet (2012–2013) Interim
  • Rev. John R. Fortin, O.S.B. (2013–2016)
  • Mr. David Thibault (2016- )

High schoolsEdit


* Schools operated independent of the Diocese

See alsoEdit


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

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