May 11, 2017
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His Holiness Pope Francis has conferred the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal upon Saint Anselm College alumnus and trustee Joseph Pepe, M.D. '83 in recognition of his exemplary personal character and extraordinary service to the Church and to the Diocese of Manchester, N.H.
"We are incredibly proud of Dr. Pepe's accomplishments in our community, and are grateful to Pope Francis, and the Manchester Diocese for recognizing him with this honor," said college president Steven DiSalvo, Ph.D. "A graduate, and trustee of Saint Anselm, Joe has exemplified Catholic values throughout his personal and professional endeavors. We are blessed to benefit from his compassion, wisdom, and faith."
The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, nominated Pepe and three others for the honors late last year.
"With profound gratitude to our Holy Father and great joy I announce the Papal Honors recently conferred by Pope Francis," Bishop Libasci said. "I hope that Catholics and people of good will throughout New Hampshire will join me in congratulating the honorees and in thanking them for their continuing service to our Lord and His Church."
As president and CEO of Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in Manchester, N.H., Pepe is recognized as one of the top physician hospital leaders in the country. Upon graduating from Saint Anselm, he earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Prior to taking the helm at CMC in 2012, Pepe was the hospital's Chief Medical Officer. He also maintained an internal medicine practice in Manchester for many years.
Dr. Pepe is the founding CEO of GraniteOne Health and serves on the boards of: Saint Anselm College; NH Hospital Association; Granite Health; NH Guild of Catholic Healthcare Professionals; St. Peter's Home; Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Associates, LLC; the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association; and the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund.
Devoted to his faith, Dr. Pepe has been instrumental in upholding the Catholic identity of CMC by enhancing and strengthening the role of the Director of the Office of Catholic Identity at the hospital, establishing the only pro-life Women's Wellness and Fertility Center in New England, and ensuring that its affiliations with other hospitals preserve CMC's Catholic identity.
He and his wife Anne-Marie reside in Manchester. Their son, Joseph Jr. is a resident physician in emergency medicine.
A special ceremony for the formal conferral of the honors will be held during Vespers in the Abbey Church on Tuesday, June 6 at 6 p.m., with Bishop Libasci presiding. A reception will follow in Davison Hall, starting at 7 p.m.