Former Manchester chancellor received $170k a year after leaving diocese
The Rev. Msgr. Edward Arsenault earned the salary as president and chief executive officer of St. Luke Institute, residential and out-patient clinic for clergy, priests, nuns and brothers in need of mental health and spiritual treatment, wellness and educational programs.
On Monday, the Diocese of Manchester announced that it had suspended the priestly privileges of Arsenault while investigations proceed into possible illegal use of church funds and an inappropriate adult relationship on his part.
Just days before the announcement, Arsenault resigned the job at St. Luke, which he had held since October 2009. Arsenault has also resigned as chairman of the board of St. Luke Centre, a sister institution in Manchester, England.
The New Hampshire Union Leader accessed St. Luke's financial statements through Guidestar.org, a website that tracks financial reports of tax-exempt institutions. The salary was for the 12-month period that ended June 30, 2011.
"Priests who hold executive positions in fields such as health care and academia typically are paid a salary commensurate with that field during their service," said Susan Gibbs, a spokesman for St. Luke.
In its latest filing with the IRS, the organization reported annual revenues of $6.4 million. The non-profit organization describes itself as Catholic, run by a priest and a lay board. It treated about 500 patients in its last fiscal year, Gibbs said.
Gibbs said Arsenault maintains a home in the greater Washington, D.C., area.
Given the allegations against Arsenault, Gibbs said St. Luke's has hired an outside firm to conduct a forensic audit of the organization. Annually, an outside firm audits St. Luke's books and has found nothing amiss, Gibbs said.
"Just out of good stewardship, we are going to have another audit done," Gibbs said.
The salary at St. Luke pales in comparison to what Arsenault earned as a New Hampshire priest. Even though Arsenault had extensive administrative responsibilities in the Diocese, his salary was $19,652 when he left New Hampshire for St. Luke, according to information provided by the Diocese.
Diocesan clergy take vows of chastity and obedience. Only priests who join orders, such as the Benedictines or the Franciscans, take vows of poverty.
The diocesan salary applies to priests working inside the Diocese, Donovan said. New Hampshire has two other priests who earn an outside salary; both are military chaplains and earn a salary based on their rank, he said.
"Priests don't make a lot of money as priests, but if you're the head of an institution - Boston College, Notre Dame - they make more than $20,000, $25,000," Donovan said.
The previous president/chief executive at St. Luke, Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, earned $211,000 in the year before Arsenault's arrival. He is taking the job of interim president.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Bird causes Concord-area power outage Monday - 0
- Swanzey solar array should be completed by end of 2014 - 1
- New Londonderry transmission line project will add 60 more utility poles - 0
- 'Northern Trespass' film to be screened in Nashua on Thursday night - 0
- Mount Washington Auto Road to host largest gathering of alternative-energy based vehicles in North America - 0
- Ayotte says Northern Pass lines should be buried beneath roads - 12
- Tariffs tabled in state energy talks - 2
- Without an exemption, Goffstown resident must pay high taxes on solar energy panels - 1
- State asked to re-evaluate Livermore Falls settlement deal - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Man stabbed in leg in Manchester incident - 0
- Senate sustains Hassan veto of bill to revamp juvenile justice system - 0
- Possible negotiated plea for Nashua dad accused of negligent homicide in son's death - 0
- Amherst man facing charges in August Merrimack accident - 0
- Dan Tuohy's Granite Status: Brown calls on Shaheen to back bill targeting ISIS - 4
- Traffic backed up a mile in Hampton tractor-trailer accident - 0
- Woman shot during Manchester drug raid is identified - 0
- Citizen's Police Academy in Manchester set for Oct. 1 - 0
- NHIAA Football Power Poll; Who's No. 1 this week? - 0
In 2nd District race, Garcia bucks Obamacare
Attorney claims illegal phone seizure following Christmas Eve accident that killed Brookline mom
Find the hidden cash stashed downtown
In 2nd District race, Garcia bucks Obamacare
Strategery: A war by any other name
Mom of injured child voices safety concerns
Freeh dumb: Favoritism in Vt.?
Lawyer wants cellphone evidence thrown out