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: 0
- Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government - 1
- Obama vows U.S. will not fight ground war - 1
- Suicide car bomber kills 3 foreign troops in Afghan capital; Taliban claims responsibility - 0
- U.S. hits Islamic State south of Baghdad in first strike under new Obama orders - 0
- Britain cautious after another hostage beheading - 0
- Top Republicans back Obama's plan to fight ISIS - 1
- Obama to expand airstrikes to Syria, vows to destroy Islamic State 'wherever they exist' - 43
- Gov. Hassan orders flags to half-staff to mark 9/11 anniversary - 1
- U.S. expands attacks on Islamic State - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Scots spurn independence, vote to stay in the United Kingdom - 0
- Roger Brown's First and 10: Answers forthcoming - 0
- NHMS chief Gappens is on board with the Chase changes - 0
- Another View -- Ben Rose: How NH's John Stark helped defeat the British at Saratoga - 0
- Celebrating Claremont: A 250th birthday party - 0
- Trashed lunches: Brownies, broccoli and bucks - 6
- Hampstead's Suess ready for Whelen Modified race - 0
- College Football: Big Green kick off season vs. Cent. Connecticut - 0
- Son says shooting of mom during DEA raid was a mistake - 10
Supporters eager for Hillary's return to NH
Mark Hayward's City Matters: Dean Kamen is a genius inventor, and he's pretty good at oratory, too
Casino gambles: Hopes dashed all over
Ayotte pushes bill to combat 'spice'