Rev. Donald Clinton
On Saturday, November 13th, Father Clinton was installed as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima and Immaculate Conception. Rev. John Loughnane who is the Dean of our area presented Fr. Clinton to the parish and had him state The Oath of Fidelity as part of his responsibilities as our new pastor. Father Don pledged his faithfulness and obedience to the Roman Catholic Church teaching and to Bishop Peter Libasci and his successors.
Fr. Don was named pastor of St. Joseph, Epping NH in 2013, following Fr. Volney Derosiers who was reassigned to Pelham.
Born in Roslindale, Mass., he initially attended St. John College Seminary in Brighton, Mass., and then worked for the Kendall-Colgate Palmolive Company for 10 years. He re-entered his studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmetsburg, Md. Upon graduation in 1990 he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Manchester.
Fr. Clinton’s first assignment was to St. Joseph Parish in Salem. He has served at Immaculate Conception in Nashua and Sacred Heart parishes in Greenville and Wilton. In 1999 he became pastor of St. John in Concord and later was pastor of St. Bernard in Keene.
A hearing loss that started in high school progressed until one ear was completely gone and around 2010 he almost left ministry, unable to cope with the stress and demands of serving his parishioners using one aid. Cochlear implant surgery has restored 80-90 percent of his hearing and after taking some time off for recovery he returned to work, assisting in Hanover and Manchester.