Bishop Matthew F. Brady founded Catholic Charities New Hampshire in 1945. From an initial staff of three, Catholic Charities has grown to become the largest non-profit, human service agency in New Hampshire. In 1945, Bishop Brady commissioned a study of needs in New Hampshire and that report shaped the direction of activities for the newly-founded Catholic Charities. Clearly one of the focal areas would be meeting the needs of the elderly.

Responding to the study’s recommendations, Catholic Charities began plans to construct its first two nursing homes: St. Teresa’s Manor (Manchester) and St. Francis Home (Laconia).

Over the course of the years, Catholic Charities has added additional services and nursing centers. Catholic Charities Healthcare Services now operates seven nursing homes, two assisted living facilities and three independent living centers in communities across the state.