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New Hampshire

July 30, 2008

St. Patrick loses pastor to Nashua parish

PELHAM — St. Patrick Church is looking for a new pastor after the man who led the church for the past five years was transferred.

The Rev. Robert Guillemette, known as "Father Bob," has been transferred to a parish in Nashua after having led St. Patrick since 2003. He assumed his new post at Immaculate Conception last week, said Patrick McGee, spokesman for the Diocese of Manchester.

"He's a very good priest," McGee said. "He's a good man. He's been at St. Patrick for five years, and I'm sure the people there enjoyed having him as their pastor."

Immaculate Conception is slightly larger than St. Patrick, McGee said. St. Patrick Parish, at 12 Main St., serves about 2,500 families, while Immaculate Conception serves about 2,800 families, he said.

McGee said he's not sure how long it will take to appoint a replacement for Guillemette at St. Patrick.

In the meantime, the Rev. Eddy Bisson, a senior priest in the Diocese of Manchester, will run St. Patrick on a temporary basis, McGee said. The veteran priest will say Mass and preside over weddings, funerals and baptisms, and also oversee the day-to-day operation of the church, he said.

McGee said Guillemette was transferred to Immaculate Conception to replace the pastor there, who was transferred to a parish in Dover.

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