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MHA Historic Preservation Awards

Meet the Author Book Talk: "Catholic New Hampshire"

Saturday, June 11, 2022   
11:00 a.m.- noon
Included with Regular Admission
FREE for MHA Members

Amoskeag New Mills 300 Bedford Street small

Join us for a book talk and signing of the new book by local historian Barbara Miles, "Catholic New Hampshire."

This book, in the "Images of America" series, examines the history of the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire through photographs.
In 1855, Rev. David W. Bacon became the first bishop of the Diocese of Portland, which included Maine and New Hampshire. Between the two states, six priests and eight churches ministered to a few hundred Catholics. In the following years, Bacon founded 63 churches, ordained 52 priests, built 23 schools, and attended to a Catholic population of about 80,000. In 1884, New Hampshire became an independent diocese. By 1903, founding bishop Denis Bradley introduced over 30 missions; parishes; schools, including Saint Anselm College; and charitable services. Since its inception in 1884, ten bishops selected from New Hampshire and other states have honored the Diocese of Manchester with their leadership. Throughout most of the 20th century, New Hampshire experienced growth in vocations and education. Today, over 250,000 Catholics worship in the Granite State within 89 parishes. 

Barbara D. Miles, former archivist for the Diocese of Manchester, is currently assistant archivist for the Diocese of Portland, Maine. She serves the church as archivist, author and lecturer, and consultant. Diocesan archives, parishes, and private collectors provided sources for this publication.


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