2023 New Hampshire Catholic Appeal
New Hampshire Catholic Appeal Update
The 2023 NHCA has raised over $3.4 million as of 9/18. Thirty-six parishes have now reached or surpassed their goals! Congratulations to:
Saint Theresa, Rye Beach, Reverend Gary J. Kosmowski
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Concord, Reverend Raymond A. Ball
Saint Andre Bessette, Laconia, Reverend Marc B. Drouin
Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsfield, Very Reverend John B. MacKenzie
Saint Joseph, Epping, Reverend David A. Gagnon
Saint Elizabeth Seton Bedford, Reverend Monsignor John P. Quinn
Saint Mark the Evangelist Londonderry, Reverend Michael S. Zgonc
Saint Lawrence Goffstown, Reverend David L. Kneeland
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Hampton, Reverend Gary J. Kosmowski
Holy Trinity Plymouth, Reverend Mark E. Dollard
Christ the King Concord, Reverend Richard Roberge
Parish of the Assumption Dover, Reverend Agapit Jean, Jr.
Saint Mary Newmarket, Reverend Matthew J. Mason
Saint Charles Borromeo Meredith, Reverend Monsignor Gerald Belanger
Sacred Heart Manchester, Reverend Stephen Marcoux, III
Saint Joseph Center Ossipee, Very Reverend Patrick N. Gilbert
Saint Rose of Lima Littleton, Reverend Ryan C. Amazeen
Saint Katharine Drexel Alton, Very Reverend Robert F. Cole
Saint Anthony Sanbornville, Very Reverend Patrick N. Gilbert
Our Lady of Mercy Merrimack, Reverend Monsignor Paul L. Bouchard
Saint Jude Londonderry, Reverend Robert E. Gorski
Saint Joseph the Worker Nashua, Most Reverend Francis Christian D.D., Ph.D.
Saint Joseph Belmont, Reverend Marc B. Drouin
Our Lady of Fatima New London, Reverend Donald Clinton
Saint John the Baptist Suncook, Reverend Michael E. Gendron
Saint Peter Auburn, Reverend Michael E. Gendron
Divine Mercy Peterborough, Very Reverend Michael S. Taylor, J.C.L.
Saint Joseph Cathedral Manchester, Very Reverend Jason Y. Jalbert
Holy Rosary Hooksett, Reverend Michael E. Gendron and Reverend Steven Lepine
Saint Joseph Parish Lincoln, Reverend John Mahoney, Jr.
Saint Catherine of Siena Manchester, Reverend Christopher M. Martel
Saint Ignatius of Loyola Somersworth, Reverend Andrew K. Nelson
Saint Michael Exeter, Reverend Matthew J. Mason
Saint Patrick Milford, Reverend Dennis J. Audet
Saint Stanislaus Winchester, Reverend Hugues Beaugrand, I.B.P.
Corpus Christi Portsmouth, Reverend Gary Belliveau
If you have any questions on the NHCA, or you’d like to discuss additional strategies for your parish, please contact Bevin Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org; 603-663-0136).
Message from Bishop Libasci
"By consolidating many Catholic collections, appeals, and causes into this one appeal effort, we move forward together as one Church, one body in Christ." Read Bishop Libasci's Message: A New Vision for the Church in New Hampshire - English | Spanish
What Does Our Church in New Hampshire Need?
Catholic Charities New Hampshire
Catholic Charities’ charitable ministry has always been an integral part of our One Church and its spring parish appeal is now combined with the NHCA. Grounded in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, Catholic Charities New Hampshire responds to those in need with programs that heal, comfort and empower. For more than 75 years, CCNH has brought lasting change to individuals and families struggling with a wide range of issues that impact communities across New Hampshire, such as hunger, poverty, financial despair, mental health, homelessness, unsafe environments for children and isolation among seniors. Here are some of the many milestones the support of the 2022 NHCA created this past year:
167,464 pounds of food delivered to homebound seniors through the CareGivers program, ensuring they have regular access to adequate and nutritious food supply.
8,012 resident nights of shelter at New Generation provided to single mothers and children, who otherwise would face life on the streets or within unsafe environments
4,555 collective nights in which a veteran with a history of homelessness and substance use had a safe and supportive roof over his head as they work to get back on their feet and build stability through Liberty House.
Nearly 11,100 gallons of oil provided for financially struggling individuals and families across the state. This preserved 4,057 days of housing for 284 people who were able to sleep in a home with heat.
2,562 collective days happened in which a family didn’t have to eat dinner in the dark, a child could see the homework they were working on, or someone didn’t have to worry about the food in their refrigerator being spoiled because of the financial assistance they received to prevent or restore an electricity shut-off.
To fully live our Catholic faith, we need priests to offer the sacraments and to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. In 2022, the Diocese ordained three new priests and currently the Diocese has 12 men in seminary. Each year, the Diocese of Manchester spends about $500,000 on tuition and room and board for our seminarians and their education is essential to their formation. This year, the NHCA served to alleviate some of these education costs. Additionally, the NHCA will support the permanent diaconate, a vital ministry in our Church. The Diocese of Manchester ordained seven new deacons in 2022.
Care for Retired Priests
The Diocese of Manchester provides care for our retired priests who have given many years of service to the Lord and our communities in New Hampshire. Many of our retired priests are still actively involved in our parishes or in other forms of diocesan ministry. The NHCA pays for benefits such as health and dental insurance, housing, and monthly stipends.
Vibrant Catholic Education
This year, the NHCA provided necessary support to the system of Catholic schools so that the mission of affordability, accessibility, and availability will advance. In 2022, enrollment in New Hampshire Catholic School increased for the third straight year with growth now at its highest levels in more than twelve years. The NHCA assists in funding important school infrastructure improvements and projects such as facility expansion, renovation, and revitalization. Funds will also be used in the area of curriculum enhancements, financial assistance, leadership investment, and improved compensation and benefits for faculty.
Evangelization in the Home from Parable Magazine
Parable continues to be a key in-home evangelization vehicle for Catholics in New Hampshire. Parable was honored with six awards by 2022 Catholic Media Association of the United States and Canada. In the summer of 2023, Parable will be made available to all parishioners at no cost to their parishes.
Missionary Support and Support for Migrants and Refugees in N.H.
The NHCA supported The Good Samaritan Home in Cartago, Colombia, run by Claire Aucoin, a New Hampshire native of Henniker. This home serves the elderly in a region where their care is often neglected. In addition, a portion of the funds supported diocesan ministries to migrants and refugees throughout the state of New Hampshire in addition to diocesan multicultural ministry programming, which includes multi-lingual Masses and celebrations.
Through the NHCA, parishes who are experiencing financial difficulties can receive aid to help meet basic necessities such as maintenance, electricity and heating. These are essential services that make the ministry of parish life accessible across New Hampshire. In addition, those parishes who reach their NHCA goal, will receive a rebate for every dollar raised above their goal. Over $54,000 was distributed back to parishes as rebates in 2022 from the NHCA.
Many of these needs and ministries were previously funded through numerous second collections. Those second collections have been consolidated into the NHCA.
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New Hampshire Catholic Appeal
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Manchester, NH 03108-5456
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