Alumni Tale: Gerard Lessard ’77

What did you study at UNH?

Business Administration

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

After graduation, I applied to the Peace Corp while working as a substitute school teacher in Manchester and playing guitar in a dance band, but God had other plans for me.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Five years later, I was in the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, preparing for priesthood and earning a Master of Divinity and Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

Ten years from UNH, I was a parochial vicar at Saint Pius V Church in Providence, RI, rooting for the Friars at Providence College across the street, except when the Wildcats played them in hockey.

What are you doing now?

I am still a parochial vicar, but now at Saint Dominic Church in the Federal Center of Washington, DC.  About 50,000 bureaucrats work in this neighborhood between the waterfront and the national mall.  I have also had the opportunity to celebrate Mass at the Pentagon, just across the Potomac from here.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

Although I left business behind me, I’m still marketing in a sense: trying to sell the Gospel, as it were.  Just as marketers try to persuade buyers, so preachers try to persuade congregations.  The most important impact that UNH had on me, nevertheless, is what I learned about life from my friends, some of whom are still connected to me.