MANCHESTER, New Hampshire— The Rev. Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, recently announced that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed a priest of the Diocese of Manchester as His Holiness’ Chaplain: Reverend Monsignor Marc R. Montminy.
“I know that these honors are received humbly but with joy by all,” said Bishop Libasci. “They serve our diocese as a sign of continued recognition of the priests who have given themselves so devotedly in their service to our Lord and his Church.”
A special dedication ceremony including vespers will be held at St Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on Tuesday 6 December, presided over by Bishop Libasci.
A brief biography of Monsignor Montminy and information about the honor follows.
Rev. Marc R. Montminy was born on October 24, 1951 in Berlin, New Hampshire. After completing his studies at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, he was ordained a priest for the diocese at Saint Joseph Cathedral on May 7, 1977 by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Odore J. Gendron, DD, the seventh Bishop of Manchester Dedicated to Manchester.
after his ordination Father Montminy served as Parish Vicar in various parishes from 1977 to 1988 and on May 25, 1988 he was appointed Pastor of Sainte Marie Parish, Manchester, having served as Parish Vicar since 1983. Father Montminy also served as Administrator of Saint Lawrence Parish, Goffstown and was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Manchester from April to July 1995, in addition to his pastoral duties at Sainte Marie Parish, where he served for over 25 years. On 24 June 2009 Father Montminy was appointed pastor of Saint Michael Parish, Exeter and Saint Mary Parish, Newmarket. On June 30, 2020 Fr. Montminy was appointed pastor of Saints Mary and Joseph Parish in Salem, where he continues to serve.
Father Montminy was deeply committed to the affairs of the diocese, serving as part-time director of the diocesan Office of Worship and Liturgy Commission, as well as co-director of Vocations. He also served as a chaplain to the Hooksett Police Department and was appointed Vicar Forane of the Manchester West Deanery. Father Montminy was most notable as spiritual director of diocesan charismatic renewal and the Cursillo movement, and co-director of the Manchester Christian Life Center. He has also been appointed Co-Director of the Office of Spiritual Formation and Enrichment. He is an elected member of the Presbyteral Council. Father Montminy has preached parish missions, retreats and days of renewal. In 1986 Father Montminy founded the Joseph House of Prayer in Manchester, a 21 room prayer retreat center which also offers prayer days and a parish room for small gatherings. Its mission is to be “a sacred space to draw people into a deeper relationship with Christ the King so they can love, serve, and follow Him.”
Father Montminy has inspired many hundreds to continue faithful prayer, sacramental living, charitable service in their parishes and beyond, and continues to be a gifted and gifted evangelizer. A number of priests are also among those influenced by him and regard him with respect and gratitude. Father Montminy has always sincerely loved his ministry as a priest and was willing to serve with a generous heart.
Chaplain to His Holiness is an honorary title bestowed by the Pope for the service of a priest in the Church. Only those priests who have reached the age of 65 and are deemed worthy by their diocesan bishop can receive the honor of chaplain of His Holiness with the title of monsignor. Note that “Monsignor” is not an appointment; Rather, it is an honorable form of address that may be accompanied by a title or honor bestowed by the Pope.
The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic church in New Hampshire serving the needs of nearly 210,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview.