Leadership Change

Saint Luke Institute Leadership Transition

(May 6, 2013) Monsignor Edward J. Arsenault has stepped down as president and CEO of Saint Luke Institute, effective May 3, 2013. Leadership responsibilities will be shared between Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti, Ph.D., who will serve as president, and Sheila Harron, Ph.D., who will serve as interim CEO.

Msgr. Arsenault offered his resignation in light of investigations announced today by the Diocese of Manchester (in New Hampshire) into possible improprieties, including improper financial transactions and a possible inappropriate adult relationship. Msgr. Arsenault is a priest of that diocese and held a number of leadership positions there prior to joining Saint Luke Institute in 2009.

The investigations do not involve Saint Luke Institute.

“This is very difficult news, and we are keeping this situation in prayer. Saint Luke Institute has been in the process of expanding education and services nationally. We are committed to continuing to move forward, to providing high quality care for priests and religious, and to supporting a culture of healthy ministry in the Church,” Dr. Harron said.

Dr. Harron has been a member of Saint Luke Institute’s staff for 18 years. She has served as a psychologist on the clinical staff with the men’s and women’s residential programs, as director of outpatient services and, since 2011, as chief operating officer.

Msgr. Rossetti is a priest and psychologist. He was president of Saint Luke Institute from 1996-2009 and currently is a clinical associate professor of pastoral studies at The Catholic University of America.

Msgr. Rossetti said, “I believe strongly in the mission of Saint Luke Institute and its proven excellence in assisting our priests and religious. I want to support this important ministry in the Church and do all that I can to help our priests and religious. They deserve the kind of quality care that Saint Luke Institute provides.”


Media contact: Susan Gibbs, Saint Luke Institute